New Writer Wins Commonwealth Short Story Competition (2011)!

Philip Nash’s Rejoinder has been announced as the winning entry in the 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Nash has taken inspiration from the coastlines of Kent where he grew up, and the seaside towns in southern England. His carefully crafted story reflects on this beauty with a sense of deep loss.

The chair of this year’s judging panel, Nicholas Laughlin, describes why Rejoinder stood out:

“With confident economy, but without feeling hurried or curtailed, Rejoinder tells the stories of not one but two romantic relationships that end abruptly and unhappily. This piece seems to encompass decades of emotional history in little more than a page, a remarkably difficult task for any writer.”

The regional winning entries were:

  • Martha by Basett Buyukah, Keny
  • The Maoist by Nikesh Murali, India
  • Head not make for hat alone by Barbara Jenkins, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ginger Beer by Sarah Bainbridge, New Zealand

There are 19 further highly commended entries. Visit here to read more about this news.


8 Responses to New Writer Wins Commonwealth Short Story Competition (2011)!

  1. I don’t think I heard of this, and even if I did I’d forgotten. When was this Commonwealth Short Stories competition instituted?


  2. amymckie says:

    Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!


  3. zibilee says:

    Ooh! Thanks for letting us know about this!


  4. Sarah Norman says:

    Very interesting – thanks for updating us!


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