15/05/2013

Eliza Robertson wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Canada & Europe)

Recent UEA graduate Eliza Robertson has won the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Canada & Europe region.  Her story ‘We Walked On Water’ is now in contention for the overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize, along with the winners of the Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Pacific regions. The prize is awarded for the best piece of original unpublished short fiction and the overall winner receives £5,000 while the regional winners each receive £1,000.  Eliza (pictured) was born in Vancouver, Canada, and studied creative writing and political science at the University of Victoria, before joining UEA, where she was the recipient of the Man Booker Scholarship.  She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012, and was awarded the Curtis Brown Prize for best dissertation. In Canada she has won three national fiction contests and has been twice longlisted for the Journey Prize. Most recently, she was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize.

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