02/06/2013

Eliza Robertson wins overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize

UEA alumna Eliza Robertson is the joint winner of the overall 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story ‘We Walked On Water’.  She will share the award of £5,000 with Sharon Miller from Trinidad and Tobago, whose story is titled ‘The Whale House’.  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 with distinction from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2012, when she was the co-winner of the Curtis Brown award.  Earlier this year she was shortlisted for Canada’s CBC Short Story Prize and was last year shortlisted for the Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize.  She has twice been longlisted for the Journey Prize.  Eliza will be rejoining UEA in September to undertake a fully-funded PhD in Creative & Critical Writing.

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