Short story successes for Michael Amherst, Claire Griffiths, Liz Hambrick and Joanne Hayden.

Three UEA writers have been included in the longlist for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize, announced today. Claire Griffiths graduated from the UEA BA in American Literature with Creative Writing in 2007, completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009, and is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing. She is longlisted for ‘Tata and Mama and Me’. Liz Hambrick is a current student on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), graduating this autumn, and is longlisted for ‘Mistake Rib’. Joanne Hayden graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and is shortlisted for ‘Early Days’. The shortlist for the prize, which is worth £1000 to the winner, will be announced on 31 July. All the shortlisted stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7. Another graduate of the 2007 Creative Writing MA, Michael Amherst (pictured), was recently longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines series for his short story ‘Erosion’, while another of his stories, ‘The liquid Amber’, has been selected for performance at the 2014 Accidental Festival at the Roundhouse in Camden.

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