UEA alumnus Toby Litt and current UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor Ali Smith have been shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Toby (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1995 and was included in the 2003 Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists. He is the author of nine novels – most recently ‘King Death’ (2010) – and two collections of short fiction. He is nominated for his story ‘Call It “The Bug” Because I Have No Time to Think of a Better Title’. Ali Smith joined UEA this semester as a visiting professor, having previously served as a Writing Fellow in 1999, and contributes to the teaching of the MA in Prose Fiction. Her 2001 novel ‘Hotel World’ was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize, while her 2004 novel ‘The Accidental’ won the 2005 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. She is shortlisted for her story ‘The Beholder’. The award is worth £30,000 to the winner, the biggest prize in the world for a single short story, with the five other shortlisted writers each receiving £1,000. The winner will be announced on 22nd March.