Tom Benn and D.W. Wilson nominated for Dylan Thomas Prize

Two graduates of the 2010 Creative Writing MA at UEA have been included on the longlist for the 2012 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, which is worth £30,000 to the winner and is open to any published writer in the English language aged between 18 and 30. Tom Benn (pictured) is nominated for his first novel, ‘The Doll Princess’, which was published by Jonathan Cape earlier this year. He graduated from UEA’s undergraduate programme in 2009, and was the recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. Earlier this month ‘The Doll Princess’ was also longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. D.W. (Dave) Wilson is nominated for his debut collection of short stories, ‘Once You Break A Knuckle’, which was published by Bloomsbury earlier this year. Dave was the inaugural recipient of UEA’s Booker Foundation bursary, and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. A story from his collection, ‘The Dead Roads’, was the 2011 winner of the BBC National Short Story Award, and a more recent story, ‘One More Thing Coming Undone’, was recently shortlisted CBC Short Story Prize. Work by both writers can be found on UEA’s creative writing website at: www.newwriting.net.

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