2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist announced
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The shortlist for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize has been revealed.

The prize is awarded annually to ‘the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English’. Regional winners receive £2,500 each (about R41,000) and the overall winner receives £5,000.

African shortlistees this year hail from Uganda (Harriet Anena), South Africa (Fred Khumalo and Michelle Sacks), Ghana (Cheryl Ntumy) and Nigeria (Efua Traoré and Obi Umeozor).

2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist

(in alphabetical order)

  • ‘Dancing with Ma’, Harriet Anena (Uganda)
  • ‘Matalasi’, Jenny Bennett-Tuionetoa (Samoa)
  • ‘An Elephant in Kingston’, Marcus Bird (Jamaica)
  • ‘Tahiti’, Brendan Bowles (Canada)
  • ‘Ghillie’s Mum’, Lynda Clark (United Kingdom)
  • ‘Goat’, Sally Craythorne (United Kingdom)
  • ‘The Divine Pregnancy in a Twelve-Year-Old Woman’, Sagnik Datta (India)
  • ‘Soundtracker’, Christopher Evans (Canada)
  • ‘Passage’, Kevin Hosein (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • ‘Jyamitik Zadukor (The Geometric Wizard)’ by Imran Khan (Bangladesh), translated by Arunava Sinha
  • ‘Talk of The Town’, Fred Khumalo (South Africa)
  • ‘Night Fishing’, Karen Kwek (Singapore)
  • ‘Nobody’s Wife’, Chris Mansell (Australia)
  • ‘The Boss’, Breanne Mc Ivor (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • ‘Holding On, Letting Go’, Sandra Norsen (Australia)
  • ‘Empathy’, Cheryl Ntumy (Ghana)
  • ‘A Girl Called Wednesday’, Kritika Pandey (India)
  • ‘Chicken Boy’, Lynne Robertson (New Zealand)
  • ‘Hitler Hates You’, Michelle Sacks (South Africa)
  • ‘After the Fall’, James Smart (United Kingdom)
  • ‘Son Son’s Birthday’, Sharma Taylor (Jamaica)
  • ‘Berlin Lends a Hand’, Jonathan Tel (United Kingdom)
  • ‘True Happiness’, Efua Traoré (Nigeria)
  • ‘Juju’, Obi Umeozor (Nigeria)



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