The Sarong-Man in the Old House, and an Incubus for a Rainy Night


Honouring strong new voices from around the world, the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is a global award, open to unpublished as well as published writers, with a truly international judging panel. This global anthology presents the winner of the 2014 Short Story Prize, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s “Let’s Tell This Story Properly,” alongside some of the most promising and original stories entered for the prize during the past three years by emerging writers across the literary landscape of the world. Gathered from over ten thousand entries, the selected stories are provocative, rich in flair and ambition, and push the boundaries of fiction into fresh territory.

The Sarong-Man in the Old House, and an Incubus for a Rainy Night is by Sri Lanka’s Michael Mendis.


Commonwealth Short Story Prize

About the Authors

Michael Mendis

Posted by Dundurn Guest on June 18, 2015

Michael Mendis

Michael Mendis is a law graduate living and working in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Asia Region), “The Sarong-Man in the Old House and an Incubus for a Rainy Night” was published on Granta online in May 2013.

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey photo

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, editor, critic, and broadcaster, is former deputy editor of Granta magazine, series editor for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize, and the deputy chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She served as a judge for the 2015 Man Booker Prize panel. She lives in London, England.