2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist


Twenty-one outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel out of almost 6000 entries from 49 Commonwealth countries. This was a record number of submissions, an increase of almost fifty percent from 2016. Now in its sixth year the Prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English.
Chair of the judges, novelist Kamila Shamsie, said of this year’s shortlist:
“The extraordinary ability of the short story to plunge you into places, perspectives and emotions and inhabit them fully in the space of only a few pages is on dazzling display in this shortlist. The judges weren't looking for particular themes or styles, but rather for stories that live and breathe. That they do so with such an impressive range of subject matter and tone has been a particular pleasure of re-reading the shortlisted stories. The geographic spread of the entries is, of course, in good part responsible for this range - all credit to Commonwealth Writers for structuring this prize so that its shortlists never seem parochial.”

2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist:
‘An Enquiry into Morality’, Tom Vowler (UK)
‘By Way of a Life Plot’, Kelechi Njoku (Nigeria)
‘Close to Home’, Jinny Koh (Singapore)
‘Cursing Mrs Murphy’, Roland Watson-Grant (Jamaica)
‘Drawing Lessons’, Anushka Jasraj (India)
‘Echolocation’, Sarah Jackson (UK)
‘Gauloises Blue’, Ruth Lacey (Australia)
‘Gypsy in the Moonlight’, Caroline Gill (Canada)
‘Harbour’, Chloe Wilson (Australia)
‘Hot Pot’, Jasmine Sealy (Canada)
‘Immunity’, Damon Chua (Singapore)
‘Nagmaal’, Diane Awerbuck (South Africa)
‘Numb’, Myfanwy McDonald (Australia)
‘Shopping’, Jon Lewis-Katz (Trinidad and Tobago)
‘Swimmer of Yangtze’, Yiming Ma (Canada)
‘The Brief, Insignificant History of Peter Abraham Stanhope’,
 Mary Rokonadravu (Fiji)
‘The Death of Margaret Roe’, Nat Newman (Australia)
‘The Dying Wish’, Caroline Mackenzie (Trinidad and Tobago)
‘The Naming of Moths’, Tracy Fells (UK)
‘The Sweet Sop’, Ingrid Persaud (Trinidad and Tobago)
‘Who is Like God’, Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)

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