Short Stories

Longlisted, Commonwealth Writers’ short story prize 2018


Not the best week really, but a brighter spot today with a longlisting in the Commonwealth Writers’ (CW) short story prize.

Having devoted so much time to drafts of longer, novel-length work in the last 3-4 years it was great to be in the 200 or so whittled down from 5,000.

I don’t write so many short stories these days – I used to – and I do miss the joy of completing a piece of work, sometimes in a few days.

2018 has been a tough year so far, so I hope this heralds a change. But writing is not an easy discipline and as they say in football, ‘we go again.’

Alas, I didn’t make the CW shortlist but best wishes to the writers who’ve made it to the final 24. You can read about them here:

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2 thoughts on “Longlisted, Commonwealth Writers’ short story prize 2018

  1. Congratulations on that recognition, Rich.
    Sorry to hear other things haven’t been going so well though.
    2018 didn’t start well for us either. My wife was made redundant in January, and now finding it hard to get another job. Let’s hope things brighten up all round soon.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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