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Tel wins 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

UK author Jonathan Tel has won the 2015 Commonwealth 2015 Short Story Prize for his story ‘The Human Phonograph’. The £5000 (A$10,987) prize is presented annually to the best piece of unpublished short fiction, selected from the five regional winners of the prize. The winning story ‘encompasses great sweeps of the world and its history—from the US moon landing to Chinese nuclear tests to reading 19th century Russian literature’, and the protagonist ‘is a lonely figure in this vast world’. Judging panel chair Romesh Gunesekera said the judges ‘were drawn into the lonely world of the protagonist and we stayed there. It is a disconcerting, extraordinary story of an individual in search of independence and reassurance in a difficult world’. The story is available on the Guardian website here.


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