27/05/2014

DW Wilson shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize

‘Ballistics’ by UEA student DW (Dave) Wilson has been shortlisted for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelists, which is worth £10,000 to the winner. Dave (pictured) was the winner of UEA’s inaugural Booker Foundation Scholarship in 2009, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2010. He is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. In 2011 he was the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and published his debut collection, ‘Once You Break a Knuckle’, that year. The Desmond Elliott Prize was won by UEA alumni Edward Hogan and Anjali Joseph in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and both Joe Dunthorne and Adam Foulds were shortlisted in 2008. The other two books on this year’s shortlist are Eimear McBride’s ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ and ‘The Letter Bearer’ by Robert Allison. The winner will be announced on 3rd July.

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