Emma Healey, Owen Sheers, Naomi Wood longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Three UEA alumni have been longlisted for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize, which is worth £30,000 to the winner and is open to any writer of novels, poetry or drama aged 39 (the age that Thomas died) and under. Emma Healey (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011 and is nominated for her first novel, ‘Elizabeth is Missing’, published by Viking earlier this summer. Owen Sheers graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 1998 and is nominated for his drama ‘Mametz’, a site-specific production by the National Theatre of Wales, based on his poem ‘Mametz Wood’. Owen recently won this year’s Wales Book of the Year Award for his verse drama, ‘Pink Mist’. Naomi Wood graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2008 and completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing last year. She is nominated for her second novel ‘Mrs Hemingway’, which was published by Picador earlier this year and was recently the recipient of a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. The shortlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize will be announced on 4th September and the winner announced in November.