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Commonwealth Short Story Contest 2007!!!

Well, I’m home alone for the next couple of days with my mom and my sister’s family gone down to Penang for a holiday. Four days of peace, quiet and…ah, well, not like I’m home most of the time anyways.

So, yeah, since on the job front is a bit quiet, I decided to take up some office time to work on my essay for entry to the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Details of said competition is as follows:

2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition

1st Prize: £2,000

Entries are now invited for the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. There is no entry fee or form. Only the winners will be notified and entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 1 May 2007. Aims

The Commonwealth Short Story Competition aims to increase understanding and appreciation of and between Commonwealth cultures, to showcase the rich diversity of the Commonwealth and to support rising literary talents.


The objectives of the competition are as follows:

• To recognise new writers and give them increased confidence to pursue writing as a career.
• To make more widely known the work of rising literary talents.
• To encourage people to write about their lives, their societies and the things that matter to them.
• To highlight a diversity of cultures, voices and viewpoints through radio broadcast.

Rules and Regulations

All Commonwealth citizens are eligible to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit and entries can come from either amateur or professional writers.

• All entries must clearly state the country of citizenship and residence.
• The stories may have any theme or subject, but should not exceed 600 words (which should be 4’30” when read aloud).
• The stories must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or part. Entrants should confirm this in writing.
• All entries must be in English.
• Maximum of three entries per person.
• Entries should be type-written or word processed on A4 paper, double spaced, and include the word count.
• Handwritten entries will not be accepted.
• Each entry must include the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the writer.
• Entries will not be returned or acknowledged.
• Winners will retain the copyright but assign the broadcasting rights (including audio on demand) for ten years to the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association to pass on to its members. Winners will also assign publication rights for ten years to the CBA and the Commonwealth Foundation, and the rights for the story to be sold on any audio medium by the CBA. Both these rights are non-exclusive.
• The administrators of the competition reserve the right to disqualify any competition entry. No correspondence will be entered into in this regard.
• Only winners will be notified. The names of the winners will be published in “Commonwealth Broadcaster”, the CBA website and in the press and broadcast media of Commonwealth countries.
• Entries must be sent by post or courier to Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, 17 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA, UK or emailed to
• ‘Short Story Competition’ should be clearly written on the envelope.

The competition is administered by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation as part of its Culture and Diversity Programme.

How to enter

All entries for the 2007 competition should be sent to:

Commonwealth Short Story Competition
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association
17 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1AA

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7583 5550

Please mention “Short Story Competition” on the envelope. You can also email


I’m about a quarter through the 600 word limit, a sudden burst of inspiration got me writing about 150 in one sitting. It sounded a wee bit juvenile to me though. May have to work it through some more. Hope to finish it by next week. Wish me luck!