U.K. writer Jennifer Moore has won the 2009 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. The winning story, Table Talk, was selected from over 4,000 entries from almost all countries of the Commonwealth. Moore is the first entrant from the United Kingdom to win the overall prize in this prestigious competition.
According to the Commonwealth Foundation, “The competition is an annual scheme to promote new creative writing. Established in 1996, it is funded and managed by the Commonwealth Foundation, with the support of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. It aims to increase understanding and appreciation of Commonwealth cultures and to promote rising literary talents. Anyone who is a citizen of a Commonwealth country can enter, whether a professional or amateur writer. Entries can be on any topic, but must be original, unpublished, written in English, and no more than 600 words long. The 2010 competition will open for entry in January 2010.”
For more information on the contest and for the names of the regional winners of the 2009 edition, visit the Commonwealth Foundation website.