Friday, February 13, 2009


Are you a young writer? Do you need ways to get your writing out there?

Maybe this is your opportunity. Enter for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Here are some details:

About the competition

The Commonwealth Short Story Competition is an annual scheme to promote new creative writing. The winner receives a prize of £2,000 and there are regional prizes of £500.

How to enter

The competition is open to all people who are citizens of a Commonwealth member country.

There is no age limit or requirement to write about a particular theme. Entries may be made by both amateur and professional writers.

The deadline for entries is 11 May 2009.

The following are the rules of the competition.

• All entries must clearly state the author's name, date of birth, full contact details and country of citizenship.

• The stories must not exceed 600 words. Entries over 600 words in length will be disqualified. The word count should be stated on the entry.

• The stories must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or part. Entrants must confirm this in writing as part of the application.

• All entries must be in English.

• A maximum of three stories may be entered per person.

• Entries must be made by email to, either as an attachment in a mainstream software format or in the body of the email. All entries must use the subject line 'Commonwealth Short Story Competition'.

• The competition administrators reserve the right to disqualify any competition entry which does not meet the conditions outlined above. No correspondence will be entered into in this regard.

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