The Commonwealth Writers Competition is an annual literary award aimed at bringing writers from Commonwealth nations to a wider audience. The Commonwealth Writers Competition has helped a lot of emerging writers like Parashar Kulkarni, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and Jonathan Tel enter the wold of mainstream publishing through the annual prize for decades but the prize was changed in 2012.
This year, Akwaeke Emezi emerged as the winner for the African region for the short story competition.
Akwaeke is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. Her debut autobiographical novel, FRESHWATER, is forthcoming in 2018 from Grove Atlantic in America, Eichborn publishing house in Germany and Farafina (the publication behind Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and many other prominent African writers in Nigeria).
Akwaeke's short story 'Who Is Like God' won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa and Commonwealth Writers has partnered again with Granta magazine to give regional winners of the Short Story Prize the opportunity to be published by Granta online.
The stories will be published on Granta every Tuesday from 30 May until 27 June, in order from East to West across the Commonwealth with Akwaeke's story on the June 13. The overall winner of the £5,000 prize will be announced in Singapore on Friday 30 June while each of the regional prize winners will be awarded £2,500.
Check out an excerpt from "Who Is Like God" here.