UEA alumna Sarah Ridgard has been longlisted for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize for her debut novel, ‘Seldom Seen’, which was published by Hutchinson last year. Sarah (pictured) graduated with a distinction from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2002, having previously worked for Amnesty International, Oxfam and Oxford University Press. In 2009 she was one of the winners of the Arts Council-funded Escalator Literature Award, and was last year selected for the Amazon Rising Stars competition. The Desmond Elliott Prize is worth £10,000 to the winner and was previously awarded to UEA alumna Anjali Joseph in 2011. This year’s shortlist will be announced on 23rd May, and the winner on 27th June.