I’m utterly thrilled to be on the shortlist for the 2021 Commmonwealth Short Story Prize. The prize attracted 6423 entries this year, so it means a lot that the judges enjoyed my story ‘Turnstones’.
Reading the Commonwealth Short Story Prize stories has long been a highlight of the short-story year for me. They pick some great stories, such as Ingrid Persaud’s ‘The Sweet Sop’. The prize was launched in 2012 and seeks out writers and stories from across the five continents. It is a prize which celebrates the short story and supports writers often from countries ‘with little or no publishing infrastructure and from places that are marked by geographical, geopolitical or economic isolation’. The regional winners will be annouced next month and the overall winner in June.
I’m so chuffed to join the other writers in this international shortlist! You can listen to the other writers – and me – talk about our stories here.