Commonwealth Writers inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers across the world. Well-told stories can help people make sense of events, issues and engage and inspire people to take action for social change.

Commonwealth Writers, the Foundation’s cultural initiative, will contribute to governance by helping storytellers to influence public discourse with well-told stories around issues that matter to society. Commonwealth Writers supports civic voices and creative practitioners in a range of media such as prose – short stories, creative fiction and non-fiction, poetry and film.

The Writers team work in two broad areas (1) craft development of stories in collaboration with editors, translators and filmmakers; (2) enabling writers and other storytellers to access spaces and platforms to amplify their stories and enlarge the space in which public discourse can be influenced by less heard voices.

Platforms will increasingly be virtual – such as, the Foundation’s online ‘gathering of stories’. Opportunities are also sought to create and open access to other platforms such as discussion spaces, conferences, literary and film festivals and the media. Commonwealth Writers also works in partnership with publishers to publish and disseminate the stories of less-heard voices in anthologies and literary magazines such as Granta.

  • Indentured Labour Anthology

    In 2018 Commonwealth Writers and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, will jointly publish an anthology of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction which explores the legacy of the practice of indentured labour.

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  • The Occasional Hum of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

    ABOVE: Regional Winners in Singapore from left to right: Ingrid Persaud (for Caribbean region), Tracy Fells (for Canada and Europe region), Nat Newman (for Pacific region), Short Story Prize Judge Jacob Ross , Anushka Jasraj (for Asia region) and Akwaeke Emezi (for Africa region).   “And occasions being occasional, are a reason to hum…” It’s […]

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  • Adda: New stories, global voices

    The online community of Commonwealth Writers has grown exponentially in recent years, with our online activity achieving a truly global reach. In this we saw an opportunity: to create a place where writers and readers can talk to each other, across global and geopolitical divides.

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  • Global South Initiative on Arts and Culture

    Arts and culture have emerged as key areas of focus in the global discourse on sustainable development. In May of 2014, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies partnered with other international networks including Agenda 21 for Culture, the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity, Culture Action Europe, Arterial Network, and other […]

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  • Result Type:

    Commonwealth Shorts


    Five films were made for ‘Commonwealth Shorts’ – a capacity building scheme to give new writer/directors the opportunity to make a film along the theme of relationships.

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