Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize from the region of Canada and Europe.
I Cleaned the –
Overall winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, as well as winner for the region of Asia.
‘My mother was always telling me over the phone about people who had recently died.’
An excerpt from Natasha Brown’s debut novel.
‘He was a tossed coin, two faces alternating to catch the light.’
A story by Mai Nardone.
The Great Mistake
‘The first attempt on the life of Andrew Green had occurred on Thanksgiving Day in 1873.’
An excerpt from the new novel by Jonathan Lee.
Granddaughter of the Octopus
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for the region of Africa.
People Who Live Here
‘Another man dithering around six foot two had recently moved in.’
A story by Holly Pester, author of Comic Timing.
The Woman in the Purple Skirt
An excerpt from The Woman in the Purple Skirt, which won the 2019 Akutagawa Prize.
‘The uproar was immediate. Criticism and condemnation rose on all sides.’
Sam Riviere on publishing’s deal souls.
Translated from the Norwegian by Martin Aitken, an excerpt from The Child by Kjersti A. Skomsvold.
If You Kept a Record of Sins
‘It’s like a second gestation, like entering the world a second time.’
An excerpt from Andrea Bajani’s novel If You Kept a Record of Sins, available from Archipelago Books. Translated from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris.
‘I stepped around as joyfully as a faun in a forest on the first day of creation.’
An excerpt from Rachel Cusk’s new novel.