The Commonwealth Writers' Prize is organised and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. It was first awarded in 1987. The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation working in the 53 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The authors win £10,000 for the overall Best Book and £5,000 for the Best First Book. Writers and judges come together in a final literary programme in a different Commonwealth country each year.The 2011 overall winners were
Aminatta Forna - Best Book for The Memory of Love and Craig Cliff - Best First Book - for A Man Melting. Regional Winners