Jennifer Makumbi; Short Story


The Overall Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize was announced in Kampala, Uganda, on 13 June, 2014 by the novelist and short story writer Romesh Gunesekera

You can read more about Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and the announcement here. Commonwealth Writers presented the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize in Uganda as part of a series of initiatives with our local partners across Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Commonwealth Writers is committed to strengthening dialogue between civil society organisations in the region.

The Short Story Prize identifies talented writers who will go on to inspire their local communities.

The Short Story Prize enables writers to enter work from countries where there is little or no publishing industry. Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English. The Prize unearths and promotes the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Regional winners will receive £2,500 and the Overall Winner will receive £5,000. Translators will receive additional prize money.

The 2015 Short Story Prize will open for entry 15 September and will close on 15 November 2014. Entries can be made via the online application form.

Commonwealth Writers has partnered with Granta magazine to give the Overall Winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to be published by Granta online. You can read Jennifer’s winning story here.