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I Heart Short Stories News Roundup May

Commonwealth Short Story Prize winners

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, one of the world's biggest, announced its regional winners earlier in May. The five winners, judged by a panel chaired by novelist Caryl Phillips, were:

Africa: Mbozi Haimbe, for Madam's Sister

Asia: Saras Manickam, for My Mother Pattu

Canada and Europe: Constantia Soteriou, for Death Customs

Caribbean: Alexia Tolas, Gramma's Porch

Pacific: Harley Hern, for Screaming

It's an all-woman shortlist, with the winner published on July 9. An eye-watering 5,081 submissions were made to the prize.

Guardian/Fourth Estate BAME Short Story Award is open for entries

The award, which is celebrating its fourth year, is open to black and minority writers aged 18 and over based in the UK or Ireland. 6,000 words is the limit for the stories, with the winner receiving £1,000, plus a one-day workship with 4th Estate's editorial, publicity and marketing teams, and publication on the Guardian website. Entries close on June 7. More details here:

Small Is Beautiful

A lovely little feature here on Buzzfeed about F Scott Fitzgerarld and the abiding brilliance of his short stories. Colin Fleming - I'm not clear who he is - is clearly enamoured, particularly by the story May Day, Gatsby is good but "if you want to experience Fitzgerald the stylistic daredevil, you need to turn to his stories, right from his earliest ones". The piece is worth a read.

Word Factory Event

On Saturday, May 25, Waterstones, Piccadilly, in London Preti Taneja and short story writer Jennifer Makumbi will be talking about their prize-winning debuts, and Jennifer will be reading from her latest collection, Manchester Happened. They'll be joined by Ruby Cowling, who will read from her debut collectoin, This Paradise. 6.30-8.30pm. You can book tickets at:

Short Story Summer Course: Finding Your Voice with Preti Taneja

Word Factory also has tickets available still for this event with the Desmond Elliott prizewinner, on Saturday, May 25, 1.30pm-4.30pm, also at Waterstones, Piccadilly, in London. Tickets at

Andrew Holgate

Sunday Times Literary Editor

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