Rob Magnuson Smith wins Jolley Prize
UEA alumnus Rob Magnuson Smith was yesterday named at the Brisbane Writers Festival as the winner of the 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. His story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’ was selected from 1,200 entries for the prize, which is worth $5,000 to the winner. Rob (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2009, when he was that year’s recipient of the David Higham Award. He subsequently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and now teaches English and Creative Writing at Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall. Rob’s first novel The Gravedigger won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award and was published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2010. His second novel Scorper was published by Granta earlier this year.