The 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize has just announced its shortlist. This year it attracted nearly 4000 entries – a record number. The judging panel, comprised of six acclaimed writers–Leila Aboulela, Fred D’Aguiar, Marina Endicott, Witi Ihimaera, Bina Shah and chair Romesh Guneseker–chose twenty-two stories (from eleven countries) that reflect the breadth and quality of writing in the Commonwealth today. The judges will announce the five regional winners drawn from the shortlist on April 28. The shortlist includes four Caribbean writers: Alecia McKenzie, K Jared Hosein, Toodesh Ramesar, and Darren Doyle.
Here are the four writers with a passage from their work:
Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer, artist and journalist. Her books include the short story collections Satellite City and Stories from Yard, and the novel Sweetheart. Alecia has participated in art exhibitions in New York, London and other cities, and, as a journalist, has reported on human rights, gender, development, culture and the environment. She is the founder and editor of Southern World Arts News (SWAN), an online site that provides information about the arts.
Toodesh Ramesar is a writer and literature teacher from Trinidad and Tobago. He has won several prizes including the 2005 Derek Walcott and University of West Indies Prize for Poetry. His work has been featured in the collection Six Trinidadian Poets and the literary journal The Caribbean Writer.
Darren Doyle was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He has a Journalism BA from the University of Sheffield, and feels most at home writing, and maintaining the blog, Worksp_ce, at www.workspce.com. He is currently working on getting his first novel published.
Kevin Jared Hosein is a poet, writer and science teacher in Trinidad and Tobago and a graduate of the University of the West Indies. He illustrated and published a book for younger audiences, Littletown Secrets, in 2013. His short stories have been featured in Caribbean anthologies such as Pepperpot and Jewels of the Caribbean.
For full description and list of writes, see http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/2015-commonwealth-short-story-prize-shortlist/