Commonwealth Writers inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It then links them to groups which seek to bring about social change.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - Winning Stories { read more }

Commonwealth Writers Conversation; debate; social change; discourse; civil society

Commonwealth Writers Conversation – The Untold Story: South to South? { read more }


Jennifer Makumbi, Overall Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize { read more }

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Commonwealth Writers Conversation – The Untold Story: 'The Environment in Fiction' { read more }


The 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Shortlist { read more }


Success for Shorts at Belize International Film Festival


‘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 […]

Latest Opportunity


Call For Applications: Bangla-English Translation Workshop

Commonwealth Writers, together with Dhaka Translation Centre (DTC), the British Centre for Literary Translation and English Pen, is delighted to announce a call for applications for a workshop on Bangla-English translation, to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 15-20 November 2014. Led by the award-winning literary translator Arunava Sinha, workshop participants will work on a consensus translation of one particular text […]

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