THE WRITE STUFF: Jamaica's Ezekel Alan is among the authors shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. Alan's self-published effort Disposable People joins 19 others on the list. "Our five judges did an admirable job of shortlisting from a bountiful harvest of debut novels, based on originality, linguistic flair, depth, quality of writing and freshness of tone," explains Godfrey Smith, Chair of the Prize committee. "A number of books boldly pushed the boundaries of form and explosively rebelled against the conventional structures of fiction writing, inspiring lively and passionate debates among the judges." The winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize receives £10,000, with regional winners receiving £2,500. The winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize receives £5,000, with regional winners receiving £1,000. For more info, visit commonwealthwriters.org.