4,000 entries. 19 shortlisted stories. One winner. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, who won the Africa region honor for her short story “Let’s Tell This Story Properly”, has been named the overall winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey–the Chair of the judging panel which included Doreen Baingana, (Africa), Jeet Thayil (Asia), Courttia Newland (Canada and Europe), Marlon James (Caribbean) and Michelle de Kretser (Pacific)–said Makumbi’s story “expanded our understanding of the possibilities of the short story form.” Makumbi, who is based in Manchester, UK, called the win a dream. “For Uganda, once described as a literary desert, it shows how the country’s literary landscape is changing and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Among the perks of the win is a connect with London-based literary and media agency Blake Friedmann, which has an association with Commonwealth Writers and will work with selected writers identified through the Prize. The prize has also partnered with Granta.com to publish the winning story. Click over to read “Let’s Tell This Story Properly” on Granta.com.