Three local writers shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018
Two Australians and one New Zealand writer are among the 24 shortlisted finalists for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Poet Chris Mansell was shortlisted for her story ‘Nobody’s Wife’, as was writer and teacher Sandra Norsen for her story ‘Holding On, Letting Go’. New Zealand writer Lynne Robertson is also on the shortlist for her short story, ‘Chicken Boy’.
Mansell, Norsen and Robertson are among 24 writers to be shortlisted for the prize, which is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction between 2000 and 5000 words. The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of Africa; Asia; Canada and Europe; the Caribbean; and Pacific.
The regional winners will receive £2500 (A$4420) each. The overall winner, announced later in the year, will receive £5000 (A$8840).
In 2017, the Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize was won by Ingrid Persaud from Trinidad and Tobago for ‘Sweet Sop’.