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The 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize has opened for entry

According to the Commonwealth Foundation website, “The 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the global prize for fiction for both established and new writers, has opened for entry. The two categories, for Best Book, worth £10,000 to the overall winner, and Best First Book, worth £5,000 to the overall winner, are open to published writers from across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.”

“The Prize, now in its 24th year, celebrates cutting-edge fiction across four regions of the Commonwealth: Africa; Canada and Caribbean; South Asia and Europe and South East Asia and Pacific. Last year more than 350 entries were received with the regional winners emerging from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK.”

“The judging is unlike that of any other major literary award, with twelve judges from different countries having a say in the choice of winning books. Judging takes place in two phases, with panels in four regions choosing two winners in the Best Book and Best First Book categories. These eight regional winners receive £1,000, and are invited to participate in a final program held in a Commonwealth country next May, where the two overall winners are decided by a pan-Commonwealth panel.”