‘The Land of Nod’ by recent UEA graduate John Steciuk has been longlisted for this year’s The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. John was born in Manchester in 1989 and graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2012 and with an MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017. Between his BA and MA he spent the four years teaching English in South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, and is currently working in South Korea while completing his first book, a collection of linked short stories that includes ‘The Land of Nod’. The winner of the Galley Beggar Prize, which will be announced on 16th February, will choose between a cash prize of £1000 or twelve months of editorial support. Each of the three shortlisted authors, who will be announced on 26th January, will receive a cash prize of £150.