‘Tom’s Dairy‘ by Oscar Kightley won Best Short, ‘Passage‘ by Kareem Mortimer received a Special Jury Mention in the Narrative Short Category, and ‘PLACEnta‘ by Jules Koostachin won Best Documentary in the Short Documentary Category, at the 9th Belize International Film Festival. All five Commonwealth Shorts were selected by the festival which ran from the 16th-21st July. […]
Writer In Residence
Podcast: Juliet Pickering on Blake Friedmann and the Short Story
Recorded on 13 June, 2014, outdoors on a rainy day in Kampala, Uganda. In this podcast Juliet Pickering, a literary agent at the London-based media agency Blake Friedmann, discusses the role of Blake Friedmann and the literary agent. She also speaks about Blake Friedmann’s partnership with Commonwealth Writers to work with selected writers identified through the 2014 Commonwealth […]
2014 Morland Writing Scholarships
The Miles Morland Foundation is a charity which supports culture and education in Africa, particularly the continent’s literature. In recognition of the financial challenges many emerging African writers encounter, MMF is once again offering Morland Writing Scholarships for three writers. Now in their second year, the scholarships provide a grant of £18000, paid to each writer monthly […]
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“The reassuring solidity of the mahogany dining table provided much-needed support, though Laila was not conscious of leaning against it as she listened to her mother’s splintered voice spilling out the story: her sister Shaheen, an accident on the highway, and the clinical silence of the intensive care unit as a terrified family huddled together for comfort, waiting for news.”
You can read the rest of Farah Ghuznavi’s gripping new short story “Getting There” here.
Also, do check out all nine posts from Farah’s time as our Writer in Residence for information on ‘negotiating with your muse’ and the ‘road to publication’.
“For you to ask the question, ‘why fiction?’ Why not fiction? I don’t see what it can’t do.”
“When you think about societies that have been locked in seemingly endless cycles of violence, one of the reasons is because of the failure of imagination to see an alternative narrative, an alternative way of being and of living together.”
Melina Nathan, UNDP
“A short story needs to be a perfectly formed drop of water… it should not be stretched out and turned into a rainstorm”