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Trinidadian author wins Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize

Ingrid Persaud, the 2017 winner of the Commonweath Writer's Short Story Prize.

Ingrid Persaud, the 2017 winner of the Commonweath Writer's Short Story Prize.

Trinidadian author Ingrid Persaud is the 2017 winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize.

Persaud, who lives in Barbados, was announced the overall winner at a ceremony held in Singapore today, June 30.

Persaud, who is a first-time short story author, won for her story, "The Sweet Sop".

"The judges were very impressed by The Sweet Sop’s originality, the strength of its characterization, the control of voice, and its humour and emotional punch," Chair of the judging panel, novelist Kamila Shamsie said.

"It loses none of its effectiveness on a second or third or fourth re-reading, always the mark of a rich and layered story.”

"The Sweet Sop" is a story about death and illness with chocolate as the central theme. Persaud. 51, said the story was inspired by true events. 

Persaud, author of the novel "If I Never Went Home" (2014) , works as a legal academic, a visual artist and a project manager.

The prize was awarded at a ceremony on June 30 at The Arts House in Singapore after being judged by a panel of five international writers.

The ceremony was also attended by the four other regional winners, Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria), Anushka Jasraj (India), Tracy Fells (UK), and Nat Newman (Australia).

Read the winning story HERE.

 

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