Charlotte Stretch is this year's winner of the £1,500 Curtis Brown Award, which is awarded annually to the best student on the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA, as chosen by a panel of Curtis Brown agents. The prize was established by the agency in memory of their colleague Giles Gordon and the inaugural award went to Joe Dunthorne in 2006 for his novel 'Submarine'. Charlotte (pictured) was born in 1983 and grew up in Surrey. She studied English at the University of Warwick before spending three years as a subeditor in the legal publishing sector. She is currently working on her first novel: a ghost story set in modern-day suburban England that explores themes of motherhood and family.