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Commonwealth Writers' Prize re-launched

19th September 2011

The Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize are to be re-launched as the Commonwealth Foundation aims to bring the awards 'into the 21st century'.

Next month, the organisation will re-launch the two prizes under the new banner, Commonwealth Writers - A World of New Fiction, with the promise of increased prize money for the winner, as well as greater exposure.

The Commonwealth Book Prize will be awarded for the best debut novel and be open to writers who have had their first full-length work of fiction published between January 1st and December 31st 2011.

Each regional winner from Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Pacific will receive GBP 2,500, while the overall winner will be awarded GBP 10,000.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will be awarded to the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length, with GBP 5,000 given to the winner and each regional winner receiving GBP 1,000.

Each prize will be officially re-launched on October 18th, with any writer from one of the 54 Commonwealth nations over the age of 18 eligible to apply.

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