UEA alumnus Ashley Stokes has been longlisted for the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for his debut collection ‘The Syllabus of Errors’, which was published by Unthank Books earlier this year. Ashley (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1997. He has published short fiction and reviews in a number of journals and national newspapers, and has taught and directed creative writing in UEA’s School of Continuing Education, as well as teaching on the undergraduate programmes at UEA and at Norwich University College of the Arts. His first novel ‘Touching the Starfish’ was published by Unthank in 2010. A shortlist of six books will be selected in May and the winner of the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award announced in July. The richest prize available for a collection of short fiction, the winner will be presented with 25,000 euros at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September.