Go New Zealand!
Congratulations ANZL member Catherine Chidgey for her story ‘Attention’ also NZ writer Fiona Sussman for ‘A Breath, a Bunk, a Land, a Sky’ both shortlisted for the Pacific Region Commonwealth Prize.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from any of the Commonwealth’s 54 Member States. It is the only prize in the world where entries can be submitted in Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Swahili, Tamil, and Turkish. Such linguistic diversity in a short story prize in part reflects the richness of the Commonwealth, not least its many and varied literary traditions.

The stories on the 2020 shortlist were selected from 5107 entries from 49 Commonwealth countries.

For author biographies and short story summaries, (available from 21 April 2020), please follow this link.

'Many of our best stories profit from a meeting of New Zealand and overseas influences' - Owen Marshall

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