Winners for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for 2011

Two writers from Barbados and one from Trinidad and Tobago are winners in the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Competition for 2011. Another Caribbean writer from Jamaica received a special mention for her children’s story.

Kathyann Husbands’ “Love, Honour and Obeah” and Edwina Griffith’s short story “White Shoes” received highly competitive awards, along with Sonja Dumas of Trinidad and Tobago for her tale “Letting Cockroaches Live.” The regional winner for the Caribbean was Barbara Jenkins of Trinidad and Tobago, with her entry “Head Not Make for Hat Alone.” Husbands commented that her win was “proof that Barbadians have intriguing stories that the world wants to hear.”

Diane Browne, from Jamaica, received a special mention (Short Story for Children) “The Happiness Dress.” Browne is a Jamaican children’s author, published in Jamaica, the United States and the United Kingdom. She has won awards in Jamaican literary competitions and been recognized with a Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica.

Funded and managed by the Commonwealth Foundation, in partnership with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, the Commonwealth Short Story Competition helps promote and inspire new creative writing for radio. A panel of international judges made the choices from over 2 000 entries. All 26 stories are available on a CD that will be broadcast widely around the Commonwealth.

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