Commonwealth Foundation puts its weight behind development of new and emerging writersThe Commonwealth Foundation is to drop its prize for debut novels to focus on the Commonwealth short story prize.The decision reflects, according to Lucy Hannah, programme manager at the Commonwealth Foundation, “a gradual awareness that the literary world is populated with quite a lot of prizes, many of which have more resources than we could put in.We felt [the Commonwealth book prize] had lost its oomph in the literary world. And it no longer fitted the brief for a development organisation,” she said.In 2011, after 25 years, the Commonwealth writers’ prize changed to become the Commonwealth book prize for debut novelists and the Commonwealth short story prize. The focus will now be solely on the short story prize, which is part of a wider programme of activity designed to support new and emerging talent.”There is an increase of interest in the short form generally, and it means that we can develop writers who don’t have access to a publisher, which they needed to do when it was a book prize. We will be connecting with writers a little earlier in their careers,” Hannah added.The original Commonwealth writers’ prize had …read more

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