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2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winners Announced

Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize Winners 2015_Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jonathan Tel, Mary Rokonadravu, Siddhartha Gigoo, and Kevin Jared Hosein - peoplewhowrite

Clockwise from top left: Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jonathan Tel, Mary Rokonadravu, Siddhartha Gigoo, and Kevin Jared Hosein

Close to 4,000 entries were in contention for the Commonwealth Foundation’s 2015 Short Story Prize, but after a winnowing to a shortlist of 22 at the end of March, the five regional winners were announced today: Lesley Nneka Arimah (Africa), Jonathan Tel (Canada and Europe), Mary Rokonadravu (Pacific), Siddhartha Gigoo (Asia), and Kevin Jared Hosein (Caribbean). Read statements about each winner from judges Leila Aboulela, Fred D’Aguiar, Marina Endicott, Witi Ihimaera, and Bina Shah and listen to the winning stories here. Each winner receives £2,500. The 2015 judges’ Chair was Romesh Gunesekera.

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