Tom Benn and DW Wilson reach shortlist of Dylan Thomas Prize

Two graduates of the 2010 Creative Writing MA at UEA have been included on the shortlist of five in contention for this year’s 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. D.W. Wilson (pictured) 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 under the supervision of Andrew Cowan and Stephen Benson. 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. Tom Benn 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 year ‘The Doll Princess’ was also longlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and has also just been shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature. Work by both writers can be found on UEA’s creative writing website at www.newwriting.net

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