The DA Prize for Short Fiction – 2019 Shortlist

The excellent Comma Press have announced their shortlist for this year’s Dinesh Allirajah Prize Short Fiction.  This year the theme was on ‘Scent’, based on Dinesh’s short story collection.

I had the privilege of winning the inaugural prize last year.  To anyone thinking of entering this prize (and Comma Press have confirmed it will run again this year) winning the DA prize is worth much more than the just the prize money (though 500 pounds is nothing to grumble at).  You get the honour of being published by one of the leading independent publishers in the UK.  And true to their belief in creating ‘opportunities for emerging and established authors to develop, as writers, and to share their work in new contexts’, thanks to the DA prize I was asked to contribute to Comma Press’ second volume in their acclaimed ‘Protest’ anthology series.  Thanks to this commission, I was invited by the Northern Short Story Festival to appear alongside three other wonderful writer contributors to the launch of the anthology.  So my first piece of fiction published in the UK (Café Stories ebook), my first printed published short story in the UK (Resist: Stories of Uprising) and my first festival appearance in the UK.

Just from winning the DA Prize.

So best of luck to the 7 shortlisted writers.

Image credit @ Comma Press

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