Diane Awerbuck Shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

19 Apr 2017
Diane Awerbuck Shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Congratulations to PEN SA member Diane Awerbuck, who has been shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story “Nagmaal”.

PEN SA member Zukiswa Wanner is one of the judges of this year’s Prize alongside Kamila Shamsie (chair of the judges) and Mahesh Rao, Jacqueline Baker, Jacob Ross and Vilsoni Hereniko.

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 50% 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 Now in its sixth year the Prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English.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.”

See the full shortlist and read excerpts from the shortlisted stories: Commonwealth Writers

(Image courtesy of Short Story Day Africa)

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