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Two Canadians among international authors on 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist

Vancouver's Tyler Keevil and Toronto's Hilary Dean in the running for the prize awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from the Commonwealth.
Tyler Keevil and Hilary Dean are the Canadian authors shortlisted for 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Submitted by Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Serena McCarroll)

Canadians Tyler Keevil and Hilary Dean are among the authors shortlisted for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from the Commonwealth.

Regional winners receive £2,500 (approx. $4,343 Cdn) and the overall winner receives £5,000 (approx. $8685 Cdn). This year's shortlisted writers — 15 women and six men — come from 16 countries, including, for the first time, Tanzania, Zambia, Malaysia, Cyprus and Barbados. The youngest finalist is 20 years old, the oldest is 80.

Keevil made the shortlist for the story Amid the Winds and Snow. The Vancouver-raised and Britain-based author has previously received a number of awards for his writing, including the Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize in 2014. 

Toronto writer and filmmaker Hilary Dean is on the shortlist for the story Resurrection. Dean previously won the 2012 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize for her story Holy Bald-Headed.

The 2019 international judging panel featured writers from each of the five Commonwealth regions – Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific: Ugandan novelist and short story writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Pakistani writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif, Barbados's Karen Lord, British short story writer Chris Power and New Zealander poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician Courtney Sina Meredith.

The shortlist was chosen from 5081 entries from 50 Commonwealth countries, and includes two translations into English — one from Greek and one from Malay. 

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner will be announced on July 9, 2019. 

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