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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 …

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Acceptance Speech

 

Watch Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s acceptance speech, Regional Winner (Africa Region), and Overall Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2014: The announcement took place in Kampala, Uganda, on 13 June, 2014 and …

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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 …

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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 …

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The 2014 RL Poetry Award

 

The RL Poetry Award is an initiative of Ræd Leaf Poetry India, a not-for-profit trust that supports poetry and allied arts. Now in its second year, the award celebrates the enduring significance of …

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‘The Dog and The Sea’ by Lucy Treloar

 

Pacific Regional Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize The Beach The beach pulled us from hundreds of miles away. The car slid across the desert seas, its windows …

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‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’ by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

 

If you go inside Nnam’s house right now the smell of paint will choke you but she enjoys it. She enjoys it the way her mother loved the smell of …

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‘Killing Time’ by Lucy Caldwell

 

Canada and Europe Regional Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Belfast, 1992 I try to kill myself on the first of March, a Sunday. I haven’t planned it. I somehow …

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‘Sending For Chantal’ by Maggie Harris

 

Caribbean Regional Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize   My mother voice growing old over the telephone. First I thought was the line crackling, you know sometime reception ain good …

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2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Winning Stories

 

On 13 June Commonwealth Writers announced the Overall winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize in Kampala, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. Jennifer’s entry is one of five regional winning stories which are now all available to …

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‘A Day In The Death’ by Sara Adam Ang

 

Asia Regional Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Lim Oh Kee kills himself in the early hours on the 12th day of December, 1921. His last meal is rice …

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Post Five: The Interview

 

For the duration of their time as Writers in Residence Tina Makereti and Lisa Allen-Agostini wrote posts alternately. After two posts from each writer, we asked Tina and Lisa some questions about …

Four Quarters Magazine. Commonwealth Writers Opportunities

The Four Quarters Magazine: Call For Submissions, August 2014

 

“In this issue of TFQ, we are looking for prose and verse that digs around looking for that love — a poem that chronicles what facts cannot capture, a translation, …

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Trading Tales: Residency for Caribbean and Scottish Writers

 

British Council, in partnership with Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, are asking writers to explore the relationship Scotland and the Caribbean share as part of a programme of activities for the Commonwealth …

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International Flash Fiction Competition

 

Now in its fourth year, the International Flash Fiction Competition is awarded to the best unpublished piece of fiction of 100 words or less. Writers can be from any country, …

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Post Four by Tina Makereti: Te Karanga – The Call

 

I didn’t want to be a Māori writer. I am Māori and I wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t want to be described as a Māori writer. I …

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Third Annual DWL Short Story Competition

 

Desi Writers’ Lounge  are a not-for profit volunteer-based magazine that promote South Asian writers and their stories and poems. They publish a biannual online literary journal called Papercuts and run …

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Jennifer Makumbi, Overall Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

 

Congratulations to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi from Uganda the Overall Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2014. Novelist and short story writer Romesh Gunesekera presented Jennifer with her cheque for …

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Interview with Nyana Kakoma

 

On 11 June Commonwealth Writers (CW) met with Nyana Kakoma (NK) in Kampala to talk about her blog ‘Sooo Many Stories’. Nyana is the Commonwealth Writers Event Blogger in Uganda …

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Post Three by Lisa Allen-Agostini: What Makes A Writer “Caribbean”?

 

What constitutes Caribbean identity? And who can legitimately claim it? Complex questions, they have once again reared their heads in discussions, as people debate who can call himself or herself …

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Post Two by Tina Makereti: The Connecting Thread

 

E ngā hau whā, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. I write to you now as an author from Aotearoa As an indigenous woman writer from Aotearoa As the …

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Kareem Mortimer’s ‘Passage’ wins Africa Movie Academy Award

 

Last night Passage won the Africa Movie Academy Award last night for Best Diaspora Short Film.  Kareem Mortimer, Bahamas Passage A group of Haitian refugees are smuggled on a Bahamian fishing vessel …

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Post One by Lisa Allen-Agostini: Talking About It

 

When I read the excerpt to an audience for the first time, they didn’t clap. They didn’t do anything except sit there for a few moments, sort of stunned. I …

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Two Opportunities with Arvon

 

“Arvon runs an annual programme of residential creative writing courses and retreats for schools, groups and individuals, at four rural writers’ houses in the UK. Tutored by leading authors, the …

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About Tina Makereti & Lisa Allen-Agostini

 

For the duration of the residency Tina Makereti and Lisa Allen-Agostini posted up writing alternately. The residency culminated in a joint post. Tina Makereti is the author of a novel, Where the …

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Tina Makereti & Lisa Allen-Agostini

 

Tina Makereti is the author of a novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage, 2014), and a short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (Huia Publishers 2010), which …

Short Story Prize; social change; Asia, Pacifc, Africa, Canada, Europe, Caribbean

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 Regional Winners

 

Commonwealth Writers has announced the regional winners of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The Prize provides a platform for writers from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth to inspire others …

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2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Regional Winners Press Release

 

Commonwealth Writers Announces Regional Winners for 2014 Short Story Prize Prize promotes strongest new stories from across the Commonwealth Commonwealth Writers has announced the regional winners of the 2014 Commonwealth …

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The Missing Slate’s Inaugural Fiction Writing Competition

 

  “We are looking for work that is original, thoughtful, well-articulated and creative, with characters we can care about. Entries must be no longer than 10,000 words, be previously unpublished, …

Writer In Residence, Diana McCaulay; Activism and Writing

Post Eight: On Being The Wrong Messenger

 

A man bounds to the front of the crowd and takes the microphone. He’s a performer; flamboyant in manner and dress. In the dark his teeth shine white and his …

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Post Seven: A Call To Action

 

I often get asked: why did you become interested in the environment? I respond with the same story, how I became dimly aware of damage being done to places I …

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2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist Press Release

 

Contact Laura Brodie 0203 544 4933/07796 130 854 or Ana Batiuk on 0203 544 4944/07899 674 544  Commonwealth Writers Announces 2014 Short Story Prize Shortlist    Prize promotes strongest new …

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 Shortlist

 

  Africa Ikanre, Adelehin Ijasan (Nigeria) Adelehin Ijasan grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a medical doctor and ophthalmology resident. His first published work appeared in The Deepening. Subsequently, …

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Standing Room only for the Pepperpot Launch

 

Over a hundred people crowded into Martin’s Bar in Port of Spain for the launch of the Pepperpot anthology at the NGC Bocas LitFest. Pepperpot is an anthology of some of …

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Second Annual Love on the Road Writing Contest

 

“Founded in 2013 and run from Dublin, Malinki Press is focused on publishing high-quality books that bigger publishers might shy away from: niche nonfiction and collections of short fiction.” Submit a …

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Post Six: Writing and Activism

 

Recently I attended the launch of Esther Figueroa’s debut novel, Limbo, wearing my SAVE GOAT ISLANDS T-shirt. Esther is a well known independent filmmaker and a friend – Limbo is …

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Post Five: Writing About Writing

 

A few days after my post on writing about lives I had not lived, I was browsing the New York Times at my lunch hangout and I saw short pieces …

Commonwealth Writers Conversations; Razia Iqbal; Shyam Selvadurai; Thomas Glave; visual artist Skye Chirape

The Untold Story: ‘Choices and Compromises’

 

Commonwealth Writers Conversation – The Untold Story: ‘Choices and Compromises – heard and silenced at home or less heard and labelled away?’ On 9 April at the Commonwealth Foundation, BBC journalist, Razia Iqbal, chaired …

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A Farmer’s Books

 

I was very happy to discover that at last it is possible to google my village, Urulikunnam. Earlier, one could only guess its place on the map in the green …

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POETRY @ THE PRINT ROOM

 

The next POETRY @ THE PRINT ROOM event, features poets Lavina Greenlaw and Kei Miller. Lavinia Greenlaw will read from latest collection, A Double Sorrow – Troilus and Criseyde (Faber&Faber, March …

Guest Post; Paul Zacharia; Commonwealth Writers

Paul Zacharia

 

Paul Zacharia (photo credit: Abdul Gafoor, Kodungalloor) is an Indian author and columnist, writing in his mother tongue Malayalam and also in English. He has published over 50 works which …

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Widening Out the Conversation

 

20 places are available at the next Commonwealth Writers Conversation (invitation only) 18:30 – 20:30, Wednesday 9 April, 2014, London Choices and Compromises – heard and silenced at home or less …

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“Herstories” at the Strand Galley

 

“Mothers are guardians of their family history as well as pillars of strength within their families. They are also often the most affected by war and peace as ordinary women …

Diana McCaulay; Writer In Residence; Commonwealth Writers

Post Four: Writing Is Waiting

 

Writing is inherently about waiting. You wait before you have written a single word – for ideas to materialize, for characters to present themselves, for the look and feel of …

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Work With Us

 

Senior Programme Officer (Writers) We are looking for an individual with a passion for creative expression in an international development context. You will have experience in communication for development, extensive …

Diana McCaualy, Writer In Residence, Commonwealth Writers

Post Three: Writing Lives Not Lived

 

Once I was at the launch of the debut novel of a respected Jamaican scholar of literature. During the question and answer period, a member of the audience asked her …

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Post Two: Using Family Stories in Fiction

 

If you’re a fiction writer, you love stories. You’re constantly looking for them – in newspapers, old and new, in overheard conversations, in the natural world. Whenever you find a …

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Wanjiru Kairu Talks to Sophie Ikenye

 

Wanjiru Kairu in the Focus on Africa TV studio talking to presenter Sophie Ikenye about her Commonwealth Shorts’ film, New Year’s Eve. Wanjiru was in London for Commonwealth Week where …

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London Screening of Commonwealth Shorts: A Common Story?

 

On 11 March, 2014, five filmmakers from around the Commonwealth, Kareem Mortimer from Bahamas, Lisa Harewood from Barbados, Jules Koostachin from Canada, Wanjiru Kairu from Kenya and Oscar Kightley from …

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Fruitful Debate at the Barbados High Commission

 

The Barbados High Commission in London held a private screening for Lisa Harewood’s Commonwealth Shorts’ film, Auntie.   Members of the diplomatic community and fellow filmmakers gathered to watch the …

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Full house at the Bahamas High Commission

 

The Bahamas High Commission in London held a private screening for Kareem Mortimer’s Commonwealth Shorts’ film, Passage. Members of the diplomatic community, including a representative from the Haitian Embassy gathered …

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Wanjiru Kairu talks to Akwasi Sarpong

 

Wanjiru Kairu in the Focus on Africa radio studio talking to presenter Akwasi Sarpong about her Commonwealth Shorts’ film, New Year’s Eve. Wanjiru was in London for Commonwealth Week where …

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Post One: Writing In Secret

 

If my book gets published, my father will die. This was the thought I could not shake once I signed the publishing contract for my first novel. Why my father? Why …

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Diana McCaulay is the New Writer In Residence

 

We are delighted to say that Diana McCaulay has joined us on the site as the Writer in Residence #cwres for March and April 2014. Diana McCaulay is an award winning …

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Diana McCaulay

 

Diana McCaulay is an award winning Jamaican writer and environmental activist, resident in Kingston. She has written two novels, Dog-Heart (2010) and Huracan (2012), published by Peepal Tree Press in …

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Post Four: Following the Tightrope

 

EXCERPT: Long, black, straight lines of ink. There’s atonement in words. In writing to the secret imagination of a forgiver, who will listen without response, question, or furrowed brow and will, …

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Editorial Skills Development Workshop, Uganda 16-20th June

 

African Writers Trust in partnership with Commonwealth Writers will conduct an Editorial Skills Development workshop in Kampala, Uganda, from 16th to 20th June 2014. Led by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, a …

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Open Road Review Invites Submissions

 

“Open Road Review publishes short fiction (including translations), creative nonfiction (CNF), poetry and artwork at the present time.” OPEN ROAD REVIEW literary journal invites submissions from short story writers who …

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Post Three: Skirting the Edge

 

I wanted to, when I first began, move. That’s what I worked at, those first stories I wrote: getting them to shake the person as they read the last word. …

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Post Two: On Facilitating Escape

 

I like to slip into a story, when I read it. I want the edges to be blurry and smooth, the ones between the physical world and the one in …

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2014 International Essay Contest

 

“As today’s young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO’s objective is to help …

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Commonwealth Essay Competition

 

“Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and under, the Essay Competition offers young people the opportunity to make their voice heard on a global platform and engage with issues …

Writer In Residence Michael Mendis

Post One: These Narcissistic Selfies

 

There’s something to be avoided about selfies. Maybe it’s the stigma: how condescendingly everybody looks at this new, scary generation of narcissists, these vacant creatures of vanity. Maybe it’s the …

Michael Mendis, Writer In Residence, Commonwealth Writers

Michael Mendis is the New Writer In Residence

 

We are delighted to say that Michael Mendis has joined us on the site as the Writer in Residence #cwres for February 2014. Michael is a writer whose work bridges fiction and non-fiction. …

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Michael Mendis

 

We are delighted to say that Michael Mendis has joined us on the site as the Writer in Residence for February 2014. Michael is a writer whose work bridges fiction …

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In Protest: New Poetry Anthology Explores Human Rights and Social Justice

 

Poets from around the world explore themes of human rights and social justice in a unique collaboration between the Human Rights Consortium and the Institute of English Studies (both School …

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The Four Quarters Magazine, The Four Conversations

 

The Four Quarters Magazine: A literary quarterly published from India. “The great charm of conversation consists less in the display of one’s own wit and intelligence, than in the power …

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The 6th Regional Residency For African Women Writers

 

Apply for the 6th Regional Residency for African Women Write FEMRITE is calling for submissions for the 6th Residency for African Women Writers which will be co-hosted with the Swedish …

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Non-fiction Workshop, Uganda 9-13 June 2014

 

Commonwealth Writers is running a non-fiction workshop in Uganda from 9-13 June 2014. Applications for this workshop have now closed.   Led by the Chair of the 2014 Commonwealth Short …

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Launch of Alochona

 

“Alcohonaa – a Bengali word referring to Dialogue in English  is a cross-cultural, cross racial and cross civilisational platform for  sharing  insightful thoughts about  personal, social and political lives. A …

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Henry Kendall Poetry Award (2014)

 

“Do you enjoy penning the occasional ode? Are you harbouring a talent for writing poetry? If so, now is your chance to release your artistry. Whether you are an established …

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In Brief: The Untold Story, Kolkata 2014

 

The Commonwealth Writers Conversation – the Untold Story Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Kolkata, 10 January The audience at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival was enthralled by the Commonwealth Writers Conversation, …

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2013 shortlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature Announced

 

“The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize to applaud first time writers of published fiction. The Etisalat Prize was founded in June 2013 and has a …

Write to Reconcile, Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Writers

Write To Reconcile

 

“Write to Reconcile is a creative writing project undertaken by The National Peace Council, in conjunction with the internationally renowned Sri Lankan author, Shyam Selvadurai, who will serve as Project …

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The Untold Story, Kolkata 2014

 

Commonwealth Writers Conversation – the Untold Story Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, 10 January, Kolkata   “Condense That Fury of Writing”: The Short Story Today   Commonwealth Writers hosted a Conversation …

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Woman Scream International Poetry Festival

 

Woman Scream festival aims to bring together men and women poets in various countries, to pay a fitting tribute to women and to contribute with women self-esteem and messages against …

Four Quarters Magazine. Commonwealth Writers Opportunities

The Four Quarters Magazine: Call For Submissions

 

“The Four Quarters Magazine is a magazine for literary writing in most of its aspects” Four Quarters Magazine is a literary quarterly from India which is now open to submissions. You …

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The First Annual Belizean Prize For Literature

 

The Belize Book Industry Association has announced the first annual Belizean Prize for Literature. Theme: “Belize: From now until the end of the century”. Length: 2500-3500 words. First prize BZ$1000. …

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International Radio Playwriting Competition 2013

 

Attention all radio playwriters you still have time to enter the International radio playwriting competition. The closing date is Midnight 31 January 2014. The playwriting competion welcomes scripts from anyone …

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New Short Story by Farah Ghuznavi

 

Getting There “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 …

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Romesh Gunesekera

 

Booker short-listed author Romesh Gunesekera’s new collection of stories, Noontide Toll, will be published by Penguin India and Granta in 2014. …

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Writing Stories

 

I started writing short stories because, like most people starting to write, I thought they were doable. Completing a novel seemed impossible simply because of the time it would take. …

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Commonwealth Writers Conversation: the Short Story

 

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, India 8-13 January 2014 Commonwealth Writers is excited to take part in the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2014, with a panel of startling and gifted writers …

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Commonwealth Writers Workshop, Sri Lanka

 

Creative Expression: The Practice of Effective Writing Commonwealth Writers hosted a workshop for eleven Sri Lankan writers in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, on 13 November 2013. The workshop was led by …

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2014 Jolley Short Story Prize open to international entries

 

Entries are now open for the 2014 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize worth a total of $8000. This year, for the first time, The Australian Book Review will be accepting online entries as …

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Post Nine: ‘Headspace is Critical’. A Reluctant Perfectionist Reflects

 

Farah Ghuznavi was interviewed by Soniah Kamal. Soniah Kamal’s debut novel An Isolated Incident  is forthcoming in 2014. She is the recipient of the Susan B. Irene Award and the …

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Prince Claus Awards 2013

 

Three Commonwealth practitioners were among the eleven laureates honoured by the Prince Claus Fund for their pioneering work in culture and development. Christopher Cozier from Trinidad and Tobago and Naiza …

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Creative Expression at the Commonwealth People’s Forum

 

Ideas of Realities Worth Defending At the 2013 Commonwealth People’s Forum in Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Writers hosted a panel on Creative Expression, under the theme ‘Inclusive and Sustainable Development’. The …

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BN Poetry Award

 

Guidelines for Submissions ● It is open to ALL African poets who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by May 2014 ● Submissions should be original, in English …

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Rahul Soni

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Rahul Soni is a writer, editor and translator based in India. …

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A Translation Sutra

 

What can be said about translation? To write about translation is to write in clichés. We all know them: the translation can never be as good as the original, the …

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2013 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers announced

 

The judges met on Nov 26th to decide the recipients of the first three Morland Writing Scholarships awarded by the Miles Morland Foundation. The Scholarships were announced at the Caine Prize …

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Questions of Translation at Hay Festival Dhaka 2013

 

Translation was a common thread throughout the festival. Commonwealth Writers attended two events focussing on the subject: ‘Have you really read Kafka?’ and ‘Translating Bangla to English’. ‘Have you really …

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uHlanga Magazine – call for South African poetry submissions

 

uHlanga is a new annual magazine of poetry and photography from and inspired by the province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. There is no theme for this first issue; this is …

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Nadeem Aslam quote

 

“For you to ask the question, ‘why fiction?’ Why not fiction? I don’t see what it can’t do.” Nadeem Aslam …

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Nadeem Aslam talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Nadeem Aslam spoke to Commonwealth Writers at the 2013 Hay Festival Dhaka about why he writes fiction, what insights the novel as a form can give the reader, and the different viewpoints …

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Caribbean film showcase at Havana Film Festival

 

The Trinidad+Tobago film festival (ttff) will be presenting a showcase of Caribbean films at the upcoming Havana Film Festival (HFF) in Cuba, including Commonwealth Shorts film, Auntie, by Barbadian filmmaker Lisa Harewood. Entitled Caribbean …

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Sandip Roy talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Sandip Roy spoke to Commonwealth Writers at the 2013 Hay Festival Dhaka about how fiction can be political, and whether he sees the short story form as a liberation or a constraint.   About …

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Tishani Doshi talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Tishani Doshi spoke to Commonwealth Writers at the 2013 Hay Festival Dhaka about the political nature of poetry, what inspires her poems, and the importance of place.   About Tishani Doshi is an Indian poet, …

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Prajwal Parajuly talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Prajwal Parajuly spoke to Commonwealth Writers at the 2013 Hay Festival Dhaka about why he chose the short form, and gives advice to aspiring short story writers from places with little literary infrastructure.   About …

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Melina Nathan talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Melina Nathan of the United Nations Development Programme, spoke to Commonwealth Writers at the 2013 Hay Festival Dhaka about the role fiction has to play in development.       …

Melina Nathan Quote

 

“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 …

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David Shook talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

David Shook spoke to Commonwealth Writers at the 2013 Hay Festival Dhaka about whether fiction is political, why he was drawn to poetry, and why he wants to see more Bangla …

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‘Small is Beautiful’ panel discussion

 

Hay Festival Dhaka, 14 November 2014 Aamer Hussein, Syed Mazoorul Islam, Farah Ghuznavi and Prajwal Parajuly  celebrated the beauty of the short story with Syed Badrul Ahan and marked the …

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Sandip Roy Quote

 

“A short story needs to be a perfectly formed drop of water… it should not be stretched out and turned into a rainstorm” Sandip Roy …

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Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2014 Short Story Competition

 

For published and aspiring writers alike – enter the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2014 short story competition and you could win: a cash prize of £500 a place on an Arvon residential …

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Short Story Workshop, Hay Festival Dhaka 2013

 

Twelve writers from Bangladesh gathered at the Red Shift Café in Gulshan, Dhaka, the home of regular meetings of Dhaka-based group Writers’ Block.  The workshop was led by Chair of …

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BBC Writers Room – submissions window open

 

The BBC Writers Room has changed the way they accept drama submissions: The Script Room window for submitting scripts will be open from November 18th 2013 until 5pm on December 16th 2013. The Script Room is a place where …

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Women Writers Workshop, Theatre Company of Kenya

 

Over the past 14 years, The Theatre Company of Kenya has been instrumental in producing new Kenyan performances and producing them throughout the region and around the world. One of …

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The Cropper Foundation’s 8th Residential Creative Writers Workshop

 

“… the truest writers are those who see language not as a linguistic process but as a living element…” ― Derek Walcott The Cropper Foundation’s 8th Residential Creative Writers Workshop …

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Storymoja short story submissions (East Africa)

 

Storymoja was formed by a collective of writers who are committed to publishing contemporary East African writing of world-class standard. The Storymoja Writers’ Blog will now feature your short stories as …

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The Caribbean Review of Books is back

 

The Caribbean Review of Books, the Trinidad-based quarterly magazine of Caribbean literature and arts, resumes publication this month, supported by the Bocas Lit Fest. Published online at www.caribbeanreviewofbooks.com, the CRB …

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The Walrus Magazine – submissions (Canada)

 

The Walrus invites writers and artists to submit brief query letters detailing prospective stories on Canada and its place in the world. A good query will convey clearly and concisely the …

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Aerodrome open to short story submissions

 

Aerodrome is an online magazine from South Africa that publishes interviews, reviews, extracts and poetry using various media — including text, images, audio and video. It has a strong emphasis on literary fiction, memoir and …

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Janice Galloway

 

Janice Galloway is a writer of novels, short stories, prose-poetry, non-fiction and libretti …

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The Afrinolly Short Film Competition

 

The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is a youth-focused competition with singular concentration on the next generation of African filmmakers. This competition is designed to expand the conversations on issues about …

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Young Writers Sierra Leone

 

Young Writers Sierra Leone brings together writers, poets, novelists, essayists, playwrights, musicians, journalists, art designers and all wordsmiths who use the written word to promote ideas that bridge understanding between …

Queer Life Stories, Storymoja Hay Festival 2013

 

As part of its global partnership with Hay Festival, Commonwealth Writers attended the 2013 Storymoja Festival in Nairobi from 19 – 22 September for a four day celebration of stories and contemporary culture.   New …

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Guest writers to feature on website

 

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Commonwealth Writers will feature specially commissioned pieces from international writers focusing on short fiction and translation. Acclaimed Scottish author Janice Galloway …

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New book to be launched under Cariblit’s new imprint, Peekash

 

The first book from CaribLit’s new imprint, Peekash, will be launched at the Bocas LitFest in Trinidad, April 2014. This unique collection brings together stories entered by Caribbean writers for …

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Bristol Short Story Prize

 

The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is an international short story competition open to all UK and non-UK based writers that publishes an annual anthology as well as presenting cash prizes. Now …

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Santiago de Chile 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture

 

Look out for Commonwealth Writers in Santiago de Chile in January 2014. We’ll be at the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture, hearing about ‘Creative Times: new models for …

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Commonwealth Conversations planned for the New Year

 

        Commonwealth Conversations will continue to bring together some of the sharpest and most innovative writers, doers and thinkers, to discuss the writers’ craft and creative expression’s …

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New short story collection by Farah Ghuznavi

 

Commonwealth Writer in Residence Farah Ghuznavi (Bangladesh) recently released her new short story collection, Fragments of Riversong. Reviews published in Nepal and Bangladesh can be read here and here. Farah, …

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Lisa Harewood at the Havana Film Festival

 

Festival-goers at the 2014 Havana Film Festival will have the opportunity to meet Commonwealth Shorts film maker Lisa Harewood (Barbados), whose film, Auntie, will feature as part of a package …

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The Untold Story, Storymoja Hay Festival 2013

 

As part of its global partnership with Hay Festival, Commonwealth Writers attended the 2013 Storymoja Festival in Nairobi from 19 – 22 September for a four day celebration of stories and contemporary culture. Chaired by …

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Kareem Mortimer wins Best Film at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

 

Commonwealth Shorts film maker Kareem Mortimer (Bahamas) has won Best Film at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) On Location: Grand Bahama.  Kareem’s film, Passage, tells the story of …

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Storymoja Short Story Workshop by Dilman Dila

 

Dilman Dila was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2013. Together with Alexander Ikawah, he led a short story surgery at the Storymoja Hay Festival to discuss the stories participants …

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Internship, Commonwealth Writers

 

Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, is looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for new writing and social media in the context of international development. We …

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Art and Craft by Janice Galloway

 

“Writing isn’t just telling stories. It’s exactly the opposite. It’s everything all at once. It’s the telling of a story, the absence of a story. It’s telling a story through …

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Open Road Review – submissions (15-1-2014)

 

Open Road Review, a literary journal with  a global footprint, is looking for the best in short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork. The submission period for Issue 8 (2nd …

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The Charles Causely Poetry Competition 2013

 

Charles Causley is acknowledged as one of the very finest Twentieth Century English poets. His poetic reputation was worldwide and brought him many awards, among them The Queen’s Gold Medal …

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The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets (1-12-2013)

 

The African Poetry Series has been made possible through seed funding from philanthropists, Laura and Robert F. X. Sillerman, whose generous contributions have facilitated the establishment of the African Poetry …

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Narrative Magazine – submission opportunities

 

Narrative Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialization. Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, …

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The Café Writers Poetry Competition 2013

 

Café Writers present a wide range of writers performing a variety of styles – poetry, drama, prose – in an atmosphere that both welcomes new work and invites professional polish. …

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Bocas Lit Fest South & Central, 16-17 November

 

Trinidad and Tobago’s NGC Bocas Lit Fest is coming to South and Central Trinidad, with a weekend of readings, performances and workshops, including a Commonwealth prizewinners event with Sharon Millar. …

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Commonwealth Class School Stories (31-1-2014)

 

BBC Commonwealth Class has launched the search for the best stories around the Commonwealth to be told and made by schoolchildren from the UK and around the Commonwealth. They are looking …

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If you come from a developing country, there is yet another set of challenges to be met, not least the pervasiveness of stereotypes. Farah Ghuznavi …

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The Caribbean Writer – open for submissions

 

The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, founded in 1986 and published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands. The journal features new and …

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Cordite Books – Crime Fiction – Africa (30-11-2013)

 

Cordite Books is a new, traditional-style publishing company for genre fiction based in Lagos, Nigeria and is jointly owned by Parrésia Publishers Ltd and Helon Habila. They are open for submissions from African authors in …

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Waiheke Book Festival – Words on a Small Island 1-3 Nov

 

Now in its fifth year, the Waiheke Book Festival, Words On A Small Island has become one of New Zealand’s great boutique literary events, with major authors and emerging talent along …

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The Caine Prize 2014 – open for entries (31-1-2014)

 

NoViolet Bulawayo, winner of the Caine Prize in 2011, has become the first black African woman ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her shortlisted novel, ‘We Need New …

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‘We Walked on Water’ by Eliza Robertson

 

Land of the misty giants: cedar, alder, Ponderosa pine. Cascade Mountains pushing out green like grass through a garlic press. The veg here is fungal. Jungle. All of it is …

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‘The Whale House’ by Sharon Millar

 

These offshore islands rise out of the water, rugged and black with deep crevices and craggy promontories. Her father used to tell the story of building the house. Dynamite under …

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‘The Sarong-Man in the Old House’ by Michael Mendis

 

The wetness is a celebration, when it hadn’t rained in so long a time, and the dust outside his house had stopped moving, with nothing to move against, nothing to …

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‘The New Customers’ by Julian Jackson

 

I found ‘Die Wawiel’ at the end of town, where the tar ends and the gravel starts. It was a tired looking little bar with a pine-panelled interior, true to …

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‘Things with Faces’ by Zoe Meager

 

This is all you remember. The sound of her pacing the house at night. She paced in the daytime too but the daylight swept that swishing sound away among the …

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The Tom-Gallon Trust Award 2014 (31-10-2013)

 

The Tom-Gallon Trust Award is an annual award of £1,000, financed by a bequest made by Miss Nellie Tom-Gallon in memory of her brother. The award must be made to …

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The New Writer Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes (30-11-2013)

 

One of the major, international prizes for contemporary fiction and poetry, this is an opportunity to bring your work to a wider audience. The New Writer is looking for is bold, …

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Poetry Pacific – call for submissions

 

Established on the Remembrance Day of 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, Poetry Pacific is a literary ezine committed to promoting and publishing the very ‘best’ contemporary poetry in English it can find. Although …

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The Age short story award 2013

 

Entries are now open for The Age short story award 2013. The winning entrant will receive $2000 plus publication. Second and third-placed writers will win $1000 and $500 respectively and their …

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Short Story Forum

 

Since Commonwealth Writers relaunched its prizes to focus exclusively on the Short Story for 2014, the form has enjoyed its own surge of publicity, with Canadian writer Alice Munro winning …

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Mallacoota EJ Brady Short Story Prize (15-11-2013)

 

The EJ Brady Mallacoota prize for writing short stories is contested Australia wide and beyond,  this year the Mallacoota Arts Council has increased the prize for the major short story …

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South Asian Literature Festival 2013

 

The South Asian Literature Festival (SALF), London’s premier event for writing and discussion on the Subcontinent, returns to the capital for the fourth consecutive year from October 23rd to November …

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Magma 2013 Poetry Competition

 

          The Magma 2013 Poetry Competition is now OPEN FOR ENTRIES The entry period opens on 16 October 2013 and closes on 12 December 2013. The …

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The Muse Journal of Poetry – call for submissions

 

The Muse is an online bi-annual journal of poetry from India. The vision of the journal is to make it a storehouse of best contemporary poetry and representative poetic criticism. It is …

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The Asian Writer Short Story & Novel Prizes

 

The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2013 is now open for entries. It is particularly aimed at encouraging British Asian writers. Winning entries will be published by Dahlia Publishing. £15 per …

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The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition

 

The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has …

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Sky Arts Futures Fund (UK)

 

Sky Arts and IdeasTap are giving away five bursaries of £30,000 each to emerging artists aged 18-30. The bursaries are designed to help talented individuals from a range of creative …

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Overland – Seeking Fiction (16/10/2013)

 

Overland is an Australian literary and cultural magazine, which publishes features, fiction, poetry, reviews, comment, artwork and opinion pieces. Overland is committed to engaging with important literary, cultural and political issues in …

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The Future of Storytelling – free online 8 week course

 

Are you interested in the mechanics of current fiction formats? Do you want to know how stories are told? Do you want to analyze, understand, contextualize and create stories and …

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William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

 

The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books. The prize commemorates the life, legacy …

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NZSA Asian Short Story Award 2014

 

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) in association with the Asia NZ Foundation and the Auckland Lantern Festival are accepting entries for the 2014 NZSA Asian Short Story …

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The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature open for entries

 

The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is now open for entries, for the 2014 prize of US$10,000. In three years, the region’s largest literary prize — sponsored by One Caribbean …

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The Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition

 

The new Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition offers aspiring writers an unprecedented opportunity to be published at one of the UK’s leading literary imprints, and receive a £5,000 advance …

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Post Eight: May ‘The Flow’ Be With You

 

As someone who is remarkably bad at making life easier for herself, I have only recently reached the conclusion that often, it really is best just to go with the …

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Hamid Ismailov shares his tips for writing radio drama

 

Hamid Ismailov is the BBC World Service Writer in Residence and editor for Central Asia. He shares his tips for those wishing to apply for the 2013 BBC World Service International …

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BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition

 

The 2013 BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition is open for entries. In partnership with the British Council and Commonwealth Writers , the competition offers a unique opportunity for writers from all around …

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Commonwealth Shorts at Bristol Encounters Film Festival

 

Commonwealth Shorts’ writer/directors joined hundreds of producers and other film makers for the international premiere of Commonwealth Shorts. Three of the five film makers from Bahamas, New Zealand and Canada …

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Storymoja Hay Festival, Nairobi, September 2013

 

It is with great sadness and shock that we heard about the tragic events in Nairobi and wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those …

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Brunel University African Poetry Prize

 

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a major new annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. British-Nigerian writer, Bernardine Evaristo, …

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Memorial tribute to Kofi Awoonor

 

It is with great sadness and shock that we heard about the tragic events in Nairobi and wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those …

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Commonwealth Shorts at Bristol Encounters Film Festival

 

Five short films commissioned by Commonwealth Writers premiered at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, UK. The films, four dramas and one documentary, were the culmination of …

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Cinnamon Press Poetry Competitions

 

Cinnamon Press has a range of competitions to help writers establish a writing profile, including ALL NEW MAJOR AWARDS for poets (with categories for single poem, debut collection and pamphlets), …

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Feminists of Colour – call for submissions

 

The #solidarityisforwhitewomen conversation about digital feminism and inclusion has made it clear that more publications need to create opportunities for feminists of colour to share their perspectives. To help create some of …

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Human Rights, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in the Commonwealth

 

Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change focuses on experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and all non-heterosexual people in …

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Briarpatch Creative Writing Contest (01-12-2013)

 

Writing in the Margins Briarpatch Magazine is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction for their third annual creative writing contest. Briarpatch is seeking …

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Writer’s Digest short story competition

 

Do you think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 …

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The Four Quarters Magazine call for entries

 

Singing the Past State November-December 2013. This time we have a concept note with a difference. Our guest editor for this issue, Suneetha Balakrishnan, has put forward her idea about …

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InkTears Short Story Competition 2013

 

The Prize There are six prizes which will be awarded by the InkTears judging panel: •    Winner: £1,000 •    Runner-up: £100 •    4x Highly Commended: £25   All prize winners …

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The Wednesday Post – Harper Collins

 

Do you want to be published? HarperCollins wants to hear from you. HarperCollins is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Whether or …

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Writers Edge Short Story Competition

 

Contest Rules and Participation • You are submitting your own original work (of not more than 1000 words). • By submitting an original story, you are granting us the right …

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EE Sule at the Yardstick Festival 2013

 

Commonwealth Writers was in Bristol and Bath for the 2013 Yardstick Festival where the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize regional winner for Africa, E E Sule took part in a number of …

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Jamala Safari at the Yardstick Festival 2013

 

Commonwealth Writers was in Bristol and Bath for the 2013 Yardstick Festival where Jamala Safari, shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize, took part in a number of performances, discussions and workshops. …

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Post Seven: The Road(s) to Publication

 

Publishing their work is, for writers, a subject fraught with emotion. A fortunate few aside, the primary emotion it generates in the rest of us is a combination of fear, …

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Post Six: Becoming a Writer

 

As writers, in addition to everything else we fret over – and believe me, that’s quite a list – we sometimes struggle with one thing that I suspect less often …

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Post Five: Farah Ghuznavi, ‘Judgement Day’ (The Backstory)

 

In 2010, I was amazed and delighted when my flash fiction piece ‘Judgement Day’ won Highly Commended in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. At the time, entries to the competition …

‘Judgement Day’ by Farah Ghuznavi

 

I’m not crazy, you know, even if they’ve sent me to you for an assessment! My husband wants me committed to a Rest-and-Reprogramming facility “for self-protection”. For his own protection, …

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Asymptote Journal: Submissions welcome

 

Asymptote Journal is a new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing. Asymptote welcomes submissions of translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and …

CaribLit names new publishing imprint

 

Peekash Books is the name of the new Caribbean imprint launched by Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press. As part of the CaribLit initiative, editors from Peepal Tree Press and Akashic …

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Hay Festival: Making Sense of Place

 

Commonwealth Writers at the Hay Festival 2013, UK In a panel chaired by Razia Iqbal, the novelists Michelle de Kretser, Kamila Shamsie and Monique Roffey discussed the way in which …

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The Fiddlehead Contest: Short Story and Poetry (1-12-13)

 

The Filddlehead - Atlantic Canada’s international literary journal – is holding its 23rd annual contest for short stories and poetry. The winning entries will be published in the spring 2014 issue …

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Open Pen Magazine: Prose Submissions

 

Set up in early 2011, Open Pen is London’s first ‘Open Literature’ magazine, comprised entirely of reader-submitted prose. Open Pen are not looking for a specific type or style of prose. …

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2013 (21-10-13)

 

Prizes 1st £2,500 2nd £500 3rd £250 20 prizes of £20 each plus a spring 2014 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with deryn rees-jones & george szirtes on mon 2nd dec …

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Anthology: Black and Gay in the UK

 

Team Angelica Publishing is looking for exciting new voices for its ground-breaking forthcoming anthology, provisionally-titled ‘Black and Gay in the UK’ and scheduled for release in Autumn 2014. They are …

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Black Letter Media seeks new African writing (15/12)

 

Manuscript submissions invited Deadline: 15 December 2013 Black Letter Media has issued a call for unpublished, novel-length manuscripts of English-language speculative fiction by Africa-based, African authors. Black Letter Media is …

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Moko Magazine: Call for work from Caribbean creators

 

Moko is a new magazine with a Pan-Caribbean ethos, located within the Virgin Islands. Moko aims to publish the best possible work while encouraging Caribbean creators to continue to develop …

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Is it all about a good book?

 

By Soumyabrata Gupta  With the written word becoming more accessible through electronic gadgets and e-books, are the paperbacks and hard covers losing their charm? And more importantly, are the contemporary novels …

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Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition

 

Are you an African writer? Do you have a story that is set in or about Africa? Africa Book Club is seeking submissions for the Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition - …

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Documentary Edge Festival 2014 – film submissions

 

Documentary Edge Festival (DEF) is Australasia’s premiere international competitive documentary film festival and the only dedicated annual international documentary film festival held in New Zealand. DEF runs in Auckland and …

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The Daring Independent Film Festival, Toronto (1-12-2013)

 

The Daring Independent Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (formerly the Moving Image Film Festival) is accepting submissions in the following categories: BEST FEATURE FILM SHOWCASE (Over 44 min) BEST SHORT FILM …

Farah Ghuznavi chills out with Mila. (Photo credit: Prito Reza, ICE Today.)

Post Four: The Writer’s Dilemma(s)

 

“Writing is like bricklaying, you put down one word after another. Sometimes the wall goes up straight and true and sometimes it doesn’t and you have to push it down …

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Commonwealth Countries Represented on Diverse Man Booker Longlist

 

The longlist of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013 sees countries across the Commonwealth represented, including authors from Britain, New Zealand, Canada and Malaysia, in what Chair of judges, Robert …

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Barak Valley Anthology: Call for Submissions (31/10)

 

Barak Valley Express: Memorials in Text  The editors of an anthology commemorating Barak Valley are calling for submissions of poetry and prose. Please see below for their full description of …

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Sharon Millar is interviewed at the Hay Festival

 

Sharon Millar was the joint winner for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is a Trinidadian writer who lives in Port of Spain with her husband and daughter. She …

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Eliza Robertson is interviewed at the 2013 Hay Festival

 

Eliza Robertson was the joint winner for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Eliza was born in Vancouver, Canada and grew up on Vancouver Island. She studied creative writing and political …

Skin: Botswana-Singapore literary collaboration (31/10)

 

Call for submissions A former British colony that became an independent nation in the mid-1960s. A small country, which less-informed people might find hard to pinpoint on a map. A …

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Nigerian Tope Folarin wins Caine Prize

 

Nigeria’s Tope Folarin has won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012). The …

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Writing Africa’s Futures: Africa Writes Festival

 

Where is African writing going in the twenty-first century? What can the literatures of Africa tell us about Africa itself? As part of the Africa Writes Festival, distinguished authors Doreen …

Farah Ghuznavi Quote

 

The best writing comes from a story that is deeply felt by the writer. It is that depth of emotion, and the authenticity of the narrative, that ultimately touches the …

Diana McCaulay Quote

 

Fiction makes a difference because it influences its reader, and the only thing that has ever influenced a policy-maker to change their mind has been the minds of ordinary people. …

Olive Senior

 

Politics might be the subject matter, but only as raw material. Literature does not need to employ polemics or confrontation. Nor is it about telling readers what they already know, …

Chimamanda Adichie

 

Be truthful. Don’t write what is false; write what is true. Write the best story you can write, but make it your story. Chimamanda Adichie …

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi wins Kwani? Manuscript Prize

 

Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won the Kwani? Manuscript Project, a new literary prize for unpublished fiction by African writers, for her novel The Kintu Saga. 2nd place has been awarded to …

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Diana McCaulay talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Award-winning Jamaican short story writer and novelist Diana McCaulay was the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Regional Winner for the Caribbean for her story ‘The Dolphin Catcher’. Based in Kingston, Jamaica, …

Olive Senior talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Jamaican short story writer, poet, novelist and non-fiction writer, Olive Senior won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her short story collection ‘Summer Lightning’ in 1987. A recipient of numerous other …

Post Three: Negotiating with Your Muse

 

Every writer I know has struggled with inspiration at some point: how to tap it, how to hold it, how to use it, how not to lose it. The creative …

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Kwani Manuscript Project shortlist announced

 

The Kwani Manuscript Project, a new one-off literary prize for unpublished fiction from African writers, have announced a shortlist of seven writers selected from a longlist of 30. Read a short …

Have you written a children’s story inspired by Asia?

 

The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic. SABA recognises children’s writers of Asian origin and their …

Pacific Voices Webcast: The Orator – From Script to Screen

 

Tusi Tamasese, Samoan-born writer and film director, talked to Kath Akuhata-Brown about his work in a live webcast delivered by Commonwealth Writers and B3 Media, with special thanks to the School of …

Post Two: CALM Before the Storm

 

In 2012, when Sambha Lamarr decided to organise her first literary festival in Shillong, set amidst the lushly forested hills and scenic gorges of Meghalaya in north-eastern India, she was …

Commonwealth Writers at Yardstick Festival 2013

 

Commonwealth Writers was in Bristol and Bath the 2013 Yardstick Festival where two writers recognised by the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize, EE Sule and Jamala Safari, took part in a number …

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Commonwealth Writers at Hay Festival 2013

 

Commonwealth Writers announced the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize on 31 May at the Hay Festival, UK. The event was hosted by Short Story Prize Chair Razia Iqbal, …

 

When you’re not sure what you’re doing then you write, and then when you’re not sure any more you keep writing Lisa O’Donnell …

Post One: Finding a Voice

 

Let me start by confessing that it was only recently that I began introducing myself as a writer. In fact, it was only recently that I even admitted that I …

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Farah Ghuznavi

 

Farah Ghuznavi is a writer and newspaper columnist, with a background in development work. She holds three University degrees from the London School of Economics, and has worked in the …

Overall Winner for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize

 

The overall winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize was announced at the Hay Festival, in Hay-on-Wye, UK, on 31 May 2013, and the award presented by John le Carre. Commenting …

Overall Winners for the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

 

The joint overall winners of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize were announced at the Hay Festival, in Hay-on-Wye, UK, on 31 May 2013. Commenting on the unprecedented outcome, chair of the …

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Farah Ghuznavi is the Writer In Residence

 

  We are delighted to say that Farah Ghuznavi has joined us on the site as the Writer in Residence for June 2013. Farah Ghuznavi is a writer and newspaper …

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Emma Martin is interviewed about her first short story collection

 

2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner, Emma Martin has had her debut collection of short stories published by Victoria University Press. Named after her prize-winning story, Two Girls in a …

Commonwealth Book Prize 2013 Overall and Regional Winners

 

The overall winner was announced at Hay Festival UK on 31 May 2013.   Overall Winner and Regional Winner – Canada and Europe The Death of Bees, Lisa O’Donnell (United Kingdom) …

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013 Overall and Regional Winners

 

The joint overall winners were announced at Hay Festival UK on 31 May. Commonwealth Writers has partnered with Granta magazine to give regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to be published …

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2013 Brunel University African Poetry Prize Winner

 

The Kenyan-born Somali poet WARSAN SHIRE has been announced as the first ever winner of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize. The prize of £3,000 is funded by Brunel University, …

CaribLit launches at Bocas Lit Fest

 

CaribLit will be a central resource for writers and publishers to gain information on publishing, marketing, distribution and bookselling in the Caribbean and to share their expertise and best practices. The …

Where are they now? 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize winners

 

In partnership with Commonwealth Writers, last year for the first time Granta Magazine published online the five regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize from Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, the Caribbean and the …

Oxford Bookstore New Delhi – Commonwealth Book Prize Event

 

Commonwealth Writers attended the Commonwealth Book Prize event at the Oxford Bookstore in Connaught Place, New Delhi, India on 13 April. Organised by the Apeejay Surrenda Group, in partnership with …

Carina UK digital publishing imprint – submissions open

 

Carina UK – a new digital imprint operated by Harlequin UK – is accepting submissions in all genres. Their mission: - Find exceptional talent. - Connect creativity & storytelling with readers …

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Running Out of Ink submissions

 

Running out of Ink is a new fiction webzine (web magazine) aiming to bring fresh and interesting stories to its readership. They hope to bring their audience stories that they …

Tropfest SEA Film Festival – submissions open (28-10-13)

 

Online submissions for Tropfest South East Asia, the region’s edition of the world’s largest short film festival, open on 6 May. The change of submission dates and deadlines are to …

Granta Magazine List: Top 20 Young British Writers

 

Every ten years for three consecutive decades, Granta has tried to  predict the next generation of the British literary scene, showcasing an array of talent that included Martin Amis, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, …

Post Three: Cut! Cut! Cut!

 

By Janet Morrison It’s funny how extraordinary events happen when you’re doing the most ordinary of things. I got the call from the BBC about having won the prize while …

Post Two: Writing for the Listening Ear

 

By Janet Morrison In an interview after having won the prize, I was asked why radio? I said, because with radio, it’s personal. Now that I look back I realize …

Post One: Winning is Everything When it’s Your First Time

 

If you look at a little dot directly south of Cuba you will find my homeland Jamaica - all 4,411 square miles of it. To hear us Jamaicans talk, …

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Janet Morrison

 

Janet is VP-Creative of Dunlop Corbin Communications by profession and a writer by nature. Her real passion, however, is the scripting she does as a Social and Behaviour Change …

Post Three: Be Open to Creative Collaboration

 

By Angella J. Emurwon The call came at 7pm Friday 14th December 2012. I was in my favourite coffee shop pretending to work, my eyes fixed on my computer screen …

Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence – Scene 8

 

By Angella J. Emurwon   SCENE 8: EXT. BWAISE PRIMARY SCHOOL. MID MORNING   SFX: JOYOUS SHOUTS AS SCHOOL CHILDREN PLAY AT BREAK TIME.   BOSS:            (LOUD WHISPER) Psst! Boy! …

Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence – Scene 4 Comparisons

 

By Angella J. Emurwon   ******* FIRST DRAFT*******   SCENE 4: INT. ONE ROOM SHACK. MORNING   SFX: SHOES BEING BRUSHED AND BUFFED.   BOSS:            (SINGING) money money money money …

Commonwealth Book Prize 2013 Shortlist

 

Sarah House, Ifeanyi Ajaegbo (Nigeria) Pan Macmillan South Africa IFEANYI AJAEGBO is a development consultant and communications practitioner who lives and works in Port Harcourt in Nigeria. His writing has …

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013 Shortlist

 

NOT FOR PUBLICATION,  Rachel Bush  (New Zealand) What do you remember? What would you like to forget? While Nell and her friend of more than forty years eat the lamb …

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Post Two: The Process

 


People watching, mulling and writing in a dark room.

I’m often asked how I got the idea for Sunflowers behind a Dirty Fence. The big rocks that pulled everything together are …

Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence – Scenes 1 & 2

 

By Angella J. Emurwon   SCENE 1:                   INT. GRANDPA’S BEDROOM. EVENING   LABOURED BREATHING INTERSPERSED WITH BOUTS OF COUGHING. SFX: NEAR EMPTY PLASTIC BOTTLE SHAKEN THEN FLUNG AT A …

Love is a Political Decision

 

By its nature love is completely subjective but also unequivocal, brooking no argument of its object: Love for Country, for God, for Africa, for The World, for Diversity, for Tradition, …

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Angella Emurwon

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Current Writer In Residence, Angella Jacqueline Emurwon is a prize winning writer and stage director who lives and works in Kampala, Uganda. She is currently working on a full length …

Post One: I Am a Ugandan

 


In the first of my posts as Writer In Residence, I explain why I am a Ugandan. It comes as no surprise that reflection on what has formed me as …

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Writers in Residence online – Angella Emurwon and Janet Morrison

 

To celebrate the premiere of their plays on the BBC World Service, prize-winning playwrights Angella Emurwon and Janet Morrison took up residence on the Commonwealth Writers website with a series …

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Pacific film maker, Chantelle Burgoyne

 

Chantelle is a New Zealand-born film maker of mixed European and Samoan descent, particularly interested in telling stories from a Pacific perspective. Her passion for film began as a teenager …

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Pacific film maker, Ellen Mesibere

 

Ellen Mesibere is a mother of three who lives in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She has been in and out of the film industry throughout her career, in which …

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Pacific film maker, Danny Aumua

 

Danny Aumua, 25, is a Samoan/New Zealand film maker living in Auckland. He is a qualified screen writer, and has been developing scripts for theatre and film for the past …

Pacific film maker, Jaimee Poipoi

 

Jaimee is a film student currently in her final year at the Southern Institute of Technology. Originally from Hamilton, New Zealand she has spent over ten years travelling and experiencing …

Commonwealth Shorts screened in New Zealand

 

Film makers from across the Commonwealth gathered in Auckland for the screening of five short films on the theme of relationships. One documentary and four dramas explored migration, indigenous rights …

International Radio Playwriting Competition prize-giving

 

On the evening of 20th February, Marlborough House was the venue for the prize-giving of the 2012 International Radio Playwriting Competition organised by the BBC World Service and the British …

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Emerging Pacific film makers attend Commonwealth Shorts Production Lab

 

Eight film makers from the Pacific region joined Commonwealth Writers in Auckland to attend a production lab hosted by the Commonwealth Shorts project. Click on the below links to watch their …

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International Radio Playwriting Competition Winner – Angella Emurwon

 

Representing Uganda, Angella Jacqueline Emurwon gained first prize for English as a Second Language with her play Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence. She is a writer and stage director who lives and works …

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International Radio Playwriting Competition Winner – Janet Morrison

 

Representing Jamaica, Janet Veronica Morrison triumphed with her play The Fisherman, which won first prize for English as a First Language. Janet is VP-Creative by profession and a writer by nature.  Her real …

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African Poetry Prize shortlist announced

 

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a major new poetry prize aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. The prize is sponsored by Brunel University in …

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Overall and Regional Winners for 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize

 

  Commonwealth Book Prize 2012 Winners  Commenting on the winners, chair of the Commonwealth Book Prize, Margaret Busby said, “We were wonderfully spoilt for choice among some strong regional contenders …

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Why Do Prizes Matter?

 

Nii Ayikwei Parkes, one of the 2012 judges for the Commonwealth Book Prize, explains why prizes are important. …

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The Commonwealth Writers Conversation

 

  November 2012, at Bangla Academy, Hay Dhaka At last year’s literary gathering at Hay Festival, Dhaka, Commonwealth Writers wanted to widen the brief to ask how artists and social activists can …

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Commonwealth Writers at Hay Festival Dhaka, 15-17 November 2012

 

Hay Festival Dhaka was an exhilarating two day literary feast hosted by the Bangla Academy, the home of Bangla literature and culture since 1955.  Enthralled audiences enjoyed the mix of …

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Griffin Poetry Prize (published writers only)

 

The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canada’s most generous poetry award. It was founded in 2000 by businessman and philanthropist Scott Griffin. The awards go to one Canadian and one international …

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Culture and Conflict Programme: Rwanda 2012

 

Organisation: Amizero Kompagnie, Rwanda Project: East African Nights of Tolerance Where: Kigali & Huye, Rwanda When: June 2012 – November 2012 Established in 2005, Amizero is Rwanda’s first contemporary dance …

Commonwealth Shorts: ‘PLACEnta’

 

Synopsis PLACEnta is the sharing between a mother, her daughter and a midwife of the re-discovery of First Nations traditional childbirth teachings. Writer/director Jules Koostachin Jules was raised by her …

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Commonwealth Shorts: ‘New Year’s Eve’

 

Synopsis Living the life that many dream about, Baraza is an accomplished man and while his sons and dutiful wife adore him, he can’t help but feel trapped in hopeless …

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Culture and Conflict Programme: Pakistan 2011

 

Organisation: The Citizens Archive of Pakistan Project: This is my story: Dialogue with Pakistan Where: Karachi & Lahore, Pakistan When: March 2011 – October 2011     The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is …

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Commonwealth Shorts: ‘Tom’s Dairy’

 


Watch our interview with filmmaker Oscar Kightley about his his short film for Commonwealth Shorts - Tom's Dairy, which examines the theme of relationships. Oscar tells us about the challenges …

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Commonwealth Shorts: ‘Auntie’

 

Synopsis When a barrel arrives from London bearing an unwelcome parcel, a caregiver in Barbados makes a hasty decision that risks destroying her special bond with a beloved child. Writer/director Lisa …

Commonwealth Shorts: ‘Passage’

 

Synopsis A twenty-year-old Haitian woman, Sandrine and her thirteen year old brother Etienne are being transported from Haiti to the Bahamas in the hold of a dilapidated wooden vessel filled …

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‘Two Girls in a Boat’ by Emma Martin

 

Read the Overall Winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Two Girls in a Boat' by Emma Martin …

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Confessions of a prize winner by Craig Cliff

 

New Zealand writer Craig Cliff was the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Winner for Best First Book for A Man Melting.  I started entering short story competitions in my late teens. At the time …

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Interview with Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner, Emma Martin

 

Emma Martin grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand. She started writing fiction in mid-life, completing an MA in Creative Writing at the Victoria University of Wellington in 2010. Her stories …

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D.W. Wilson gives advice on short story writing

 

D.W. Wilson was born and raised in the small towns of the Kootenay Valley, British Columbia. He is the recipient of the University of East Anglia’s inaugural MAN Booker Prize …

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Jekwu Anyaegbuna at Storymoja Hay Festival 2012

 

A Festival of Happiness, By Jekwu Anyaegbuna Writers don’t write words; they write ideas. The StoryMoja Hay Festival in Nairobi, Kenya, was a well-crafted basket filled with the fruits of ideas. …

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Jon McGregor talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Watch our new interview with acclaimed author and 2012 CBP Judge, Jon McGregor …

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A.D. Miller talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

A.D. Miller, Booker Prize 2011 short-listed author, talks to Commonwealth Writers about writing. …

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The Spaces between Words: Writers’ Podcasts

 

In-depth interviews with Caribbean and global scope Enjoy a selection of interviews and readings from the Spaces between Words podcast series: Trinidadian poet, artist and investigative journalist Andre Bagoo is …

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Interview with Anushka Jasraj

 

Anushka Jasraj was the Regional Winner for Asia in the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.   Read her story, ‘Radio Story’       How much do you feel a connection …

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Interview with Emma Martin

 

Emma Martin was the Regional Winner for the Pacific in the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.   Read her story, ‘Two Girls in a Boat’       How much …

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Interview with Jekwu Anyaegbuna

 

Jekwu Anyaegbuna was the Regional Winner for Africa in the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.   Read his story, ‘Morrison Okoli (1955-2010)’       How much do you feel a connection …

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Interview with Andrea Mullaney

 

Andrea Mullaney was the Regional Winner for Europe in the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.   Read her story, ‘The Ghost Marriage’       How much do you feel …

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Interview with Diana McCaulay

 

Diana McCaulay was the Regional Winner for the Caribbean in the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.   Read her story, ‘The Dolphin Catcher’       How much do you …

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‘Radio Story’ by Anushka Jasraj

 

'Radio Story' by Anushka Jasraj: Asian Regional Winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize …

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‘Morrison Okoli (1955-2010)’ by Jekwu Anyaegbuna

 

'Morrison Okoli (1955-2010)' by Jekwu Anyaegbuna: African Regional Winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize …

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‘The Ghost Marriage’ by Andrea Mullaney

 

'The Ghost Marriage' by Andrea Mullaney: Canada & Europe Regional Winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize …

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‘The Dolphin Catcher’ by Diana McCaulay

 

'The Dolphin Catcher' by Diana McCaulay: Caribbean Regional Winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize …

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Overall and Regional Winners for 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

 

Commenting on the winners, chair of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Bernardine Evaristo said, “The five regional winning stories this year rose to the top of a pool of 2200 …

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Shortlisted Author Biographies: CW Book Prize & Short Story Prize 2012

 

Commonwealth Book Prize  The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmad (Pakistan), Hamish Hamilton ‘A tribesman who attained the age of one hundred years was asked the secret of his longevity: ” I eat …

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Interview with Jamaican author, Marlon James

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections.   Listen to …

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Interview with Jamaican poet, Tanya Shirley

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections. The series is also affiliated …

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Interview with St Vincentian writer, Philip Nanton

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections. The series is also affiliated …

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Interview with Jamaican poet and author, Lorna Goodison

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections. The series is also affiliated …

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Interview with St Lucian poet, Jane King

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections.   Listen to the …

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Interview with Jamaican poet, Edward Baugh

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections.   Listen to the …

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Interview with Guyanese writer, Mark McWatt

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections.   Listen to the …

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Interview with Trini-Bahamian poet, Christian Campbell

 

Commonwealth Writers undertook a week-long collaboration with The Spaces Between Words. Edited by Giselle Rampaul, the site features a podcast series of conversations with writers, many of whom have Caribbean connections.   Listen to the …

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Joanne C. Hillhouse talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Commonwealth Writers speaks to Joanne C. Hillhouse, the Antiguan and Barbudan author of novels ‘The Boy from Willow Bend’, ‘Dancing Nude in the Moonlight’, and ‘Oh Gad’!   Is there a place …

Commonwealth Writers talks to Courttia Newland

 

An interview with Courttia Newland, author of several critically acclaimed novels and co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000). Hear his thoughts on writing, …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Commonwealth Lecture 2012

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gives the Commonwealth Lecture, 2012 – “Connecting Cultures”. …

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H.M. Naqvi talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Commonwealth Writers talk to H.M. Naqvi, the Karachi-based novelist who is the author of Home Boy, winner of the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. …

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Kim Scott talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

We ask Kim Scott, Australian prize-winning author of 'That Deadman Dance' if he prefers writing novels or short stories, how he stays motivated, how writers can find their voice and …

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No Room At The Table? Making inclusion a reality for black British writers

 

On March 1st 2012, Commonwealth Writers attended a panel and discussion at the Free Word Centre in London, with the author Courttia Newland, a British author of Jamaican descent; Jonathan …

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Should we still be using the term ‘Ethnic Literature’?

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Following Krys Lee's recent piece on the Huffington Post, we wonder if 'ethnic literature' is a valid description, whether it helps to promote traditionally marginalised cultures or to dismiss them, …

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The New Challenge by Urvashi Butalia

 

It was a small news item on a BBC website that led us to what was to become our most successful book to date. Baby Halder’s autobiographical account (A Life …

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Comic timing with Lissa Evans

 

Following a brief career in medicine, Lissa spent five years as a producer in BBC Light Entertainment. She then moved to television to produce and direct a range of popular …

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Kamila Shamsie talks to Commonwealth Writers

 

Kamila is the author of five novels: Burnt Shadows, shortlisted for the Orange Prize; In the City by the Sea, and Kartography were both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys/ Mail on Sunday Prize; Salt and Saffron and Broken Verses. In …

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Rana Dasgupta talks about writing Tokyo Cancelled and Solo

 

Rana was born in 1971, and grew up in Cambridge. He worked for a marketing consultancy in London and New York for a few years before moving to Delhi to …

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Leila Aboulela’s writing tips

 

Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She came to England to study at the LSE and now lives between Doha (Qatar) and Aberdeen. Leila is …

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Why read? Interview with Harriett Gilbert

 

Harriett Gilbert is a writer and broadcaster. She presents World Book Club and The Strand for the BBC World Service and A Good Read for BBC Radio 4. She is …

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prize tips

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck. …

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Cynthia Jele reflects on ‘Happiness’

 

Cynthia Jele – regional winner Commonwealth Writers’ prize 2011 for Happiness is a Four-Letter Word. …

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How landscape can affect your writing

 

Nii Ayikwei Parkes, one of the 2012 judges for the Commonwealth Book Prize, explains how landscape can affect your writing. …

D.W. Wilson

 

I wrote eighty short stories before I got one published, it’s persistence beats resistance. D.W. Wilson …

A.D. Miller

 

In any piece of writing the structure is probably the most important thing. A.D. Miller …

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Nicholas Laughlin, Judge, 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

 

Nicholas Laughlin is the editor of The Caribbean Review of Books, programme director of the Bocas Lit Fest and a writer with a particular interest in Caribbean literature, art and culture. His reviews, …

A. D. Miller

 

Commonwealth Writers is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers from all parts of the Commonwealth. If you have talent, an original voice, and stories to tell, then …

A. D. Miller

 

Commonwealth Writers is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers from all parts of the Commonwealth. If you have talent, an original voice, and stories to tell, then …

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