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is an initiative by the Commonwealth Foundation
The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation that was established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government in 1965, the same year as its sister organisation, the Commonwealth Secretariat...
to unearth, develop and promote the best new fiction from across the Commonwealth
Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good. Historically, it has sometimes been synonymous with "republic."More recently it has been used for fraternal associations of some sovereign nations...
. It's flagship are two literary awards and a website. As one of the Commonwealth Foundation’s culture programmes, Commonwealth Writers works in partnership with international literary organisations, the wider cultural industries and civil society to help writers develop their craft.
The Commonwealth Book Prize
Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who are Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over and who have had their first novel published in the year of entry...
is awarded for best first book. The Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published in the year of entry. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. N.B.
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000- 5,000 words). Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000.
Both prizes are open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 or over.
Commonwealth Writers is part of the Culture programme of the Commonwealth Foundation. The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1965, resourced by and reporting to Commonwealth governments, and guided by Commonwealth values and priorities. It aims is to strengthen civil society in the achievement of Commonwealth priorities - democracy and good governance, respect for human rights and gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable, people-centred development, and to promote arts and culture.