Random House author Craig Cliff has won the Best First Book category of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his 2010 collection of short stories, A Man Melting.
'Now in its 25th year and supported by the Macquarie Group Foundation, Commonwealth Writers' Prize is unique in offering both established and emerging writers the opportunity to showcase their work. The Best Book winner claims £10,000 while the writer of Best First Book wins £5,000.
'For the last 25 years the Commonwealth Writers' Prize has played a key role in unearthing new international literary names, bringing compelling stories of human experience to a wider audience. As highly acclaimed international authors Aminatta Forna (who won the main award for her book The Memory of Love) and Craig Cliff will follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in modern fiction in winning the Prize, including Louis De Bernieres, Andrea Levy, Ian McEwan, and Zadie Smith.
Spymouse whispers that he is now mentoring at the highly successful school of creative writing at Victoria University, which was founded by Bill Manhire, and is also working on a novel with a maritime theme.