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Jamaican and Trinidadian Writers Make Commonwealth Prize 2015 Shortlist

Caribbean Shortlisted Writers for 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The regional shortlists of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize have been culled from a record breaking 4,000 entries. Four Trinidadians and a Jamaican are among the shortlist of 22 short stories from 11 countries. 

Alecia McKenzie winner of the 2012 regional Commonwealth Writers Book Prize for her novel Sweetheart, is the sole Jamaican and woman among the shortlisted Caribbean writers. The Jamaican writer comes to the table with the story ‘Cindy’s Class’. McKenzie also has two short story collections Stories From Yard and Satellite City. 

The three Trinidadians on the list are Kevin Jared Hosein, Toodesh Ramesar and Darren Doyle. Doyle, a journalism graduate from the University of Sheffield, arrives to the shortlist with ‘Zoe’. Hosein’s shortlisted entry is ‘The King of Settlement Four’. Hosein is a poet and writer whose work is anthologized in Pepperpot. He is also the author and illustrator of Littletown Secrets.

Toodesh Ramesar makes is to the shortlist with ‘Madness’. Ramesar is a poet whose work has been anthologized in The Caribbean Writer and Six Trinidadia Poets. He is the winner of the 2005 Derek Walcott and University of the West Indies Prize for poetry.

The 2015 judging panel featured six writers form across the globe: Leila Aboulela, Fred D’Aguiar, Marina Endicott, Witi Ihimaera, Bina Shah and chair Romesh Gunesekera. 

The regional winners (Africa, Caribbean, Canada and Europe, Asia and The Pacific) will be announced on April 28, 2015. 

Full Shortlist:

‘Aadi v the World’ by Rachel Stevenson, United Kingdom

‘April with Oyndi’ by Alexander Ikawah, Kenya

‘Cindy’s Class’ by Alecia McKenzie, Jamaica

‘Corrango’ by Jennifer Mills, Australia

‘Famished Eels’ by Mary Rokonadravu, Fiji

‘How to Pronounce Knife’ by Souvakham Thammavongsa, Canada

‘Left’ by Jayne Bauling, South Africa

‘Legs of Thunder’ by Fred Khumalo, South Africa

‘Light’ by Lesley Nneka Arimah, Nigeria

‘Madness’ by Toodesh Ramesar, Trinidad and Tobago

‘Novostroika’ by Maria Reva, Canada

‘Old Honey’ by Jessica White, Australia

‘Pilgrimage’ by Amina Farah, Canada

‘Since We Never Met’ by Steven Charters, New Zealand

‘Tatoo’ by Susan Yardley, Australia

‘The Death of a Valley’ by Meenakshi Gautam Chaturvedi, India

‘The Human Phonograph’ by Jonathan Tel, United Kingdom

‘The Itch’ by Muthoni wa Gichuru, Kenya

‘The King of Settlement Four’ by Kevin Jared Hossein, Trinidad and Tobago

‘The Umbrella Man’ by Siddhartha Gigoo, India

‘This is How the Ecosystem Works’ by Shahnaz Habib, India

‘Zoe’ by Darren Doyle, Trinidad and Tobago