COMMONWEALTH SHORTSTORY COMPERTITON RESULTS

“…Short stories are like tight-rope walks. Because every word counts, even the tiniest slip can be fatal.”

- Philip Nash, £5,000 Winner of Commonwealth ShortStory Competition 2011.

Yes, the winners of this huge competition have finally been announced.

In the African region, Kenyan writer, Basett Buyukah, won with ‘Martha’. Other winners are:

The Maoist by Nikesh Murali, India

Head not make for hat alone by Barbara Jenkins, Trinidad and Tobago

Ginger Beer by Sarah Bainbridge, New Zealand

The special prize for a story on this year’s Commonwealth theme, Women as Agents of Change, was awarded to Indian writer, Lavanya Arvind, with her inspiring story of a woman starting a family business. The Story for Children special prize was awarded to Jamaican children’s author Diane Browne.

Here is the 2011 Highly Commended list:

The Lucky Girl

Sheillah Maonga

Kenya

The Bride Price

Victor Idem

Nigeria

Stylish Marcella

Constance Obonyo

Uganda

Side-by-Side

Adele Mostert

South Africa

There is Love

Abeer Hoque

Bangladesh

Fair Enough

Leroy Luar

Malaysia

When Lions came in Brown Boxes

Joyce Thierry Llewellyn

Canada

The Book Instead

Kate Clanchy

United Kingdom










Turnip Gratin

Susan Luddem

United Kingdom

Prejudice

David Pinnell

United Kingdom

Love, Honour and Obeah

Kathyann Husbands

Barbados

White Shoes

Edwina Griffith

Barbados

Letting Cockroaches Live

Sonja Dumas

Trinidad and Tobago

Icarus

Jax Goss

South Africa

The Levee

Catherine Mojsiewicz

Australia

How are you?

Lydia Sturton

Australia

Work Life

Dominic Carew

Australia

The Challenge

Ruperake Petaia

Samoa

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