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Ingrid Persaud's 'Sweet Sop' Reaps Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Caribbean

Ingrid Persaud reaps Commonwealth Regional Prize with 'Sweet Sop'

Ingrid Persaud’s ‘Sweet Sop’ has reaped the Caribbean Regional Award in the 2017 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize. The Trinidadian writer joins four other writers from the pacific, Asia, Africa, and Canada and Europe vying for the overall prize which will be announced in Singapore on June 30, 2017.

Akwaeke Emezi’s ‘Who is Like God’ (Nigeria), Nat Newman’s ‘The Death of Margaret Roe’ (Australia), Tracy Fells’ ‘The Naming of Months’ (United Kingdom) and Anushka Jasraj’s Drawing Lessons’ are the four other stories competing for the prize.

Commonwealth Writers, which administers the prize, continues to partner with Granta Magazine which will publish one story each week for the next five weeks on Granta online. The stories will be published in geographic order from east to west, starting with The Pacific on May 30, 2017, and continuing through to the Caribbean on June 27, 2017. 

The Prize is judged by an international panel of writers, representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth, chaired by novelist Kamila Shamsie. The additional adjudicators for 2017 judges are Zukiswa Wanner (Africa), Mahesh Rao (Asia), Jacqueline Baker (Canada and Europe), Jacob Ross (Caribbean) and Vilsoni Hereniko (Pacific). The 2017 prize received a close to 6,000 entries.

Regional prizewinners receive £2,500 while the overall winner receives £5,000.