Matt Zandstra is this year’s winner of the £1,500 Curtis Brown Award, which is awarded annually to the best student on the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA, as chosen by a panel of Curtis Brown agents. The prize was established by the agency in memory of their colleague Giles Gordon and the inaugural award went to Joe Dunthorne in 2006 for his novel ‘Submarine’. Matt (pictured) graduated from Sussex University in 1990 with a BA in Philosophy with Literature. Before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 2013 he wrote books and articles about computer programming and worked for various organisations including the BBC, the Civil Service, Time Out, and Yahoo! in California. Matt was presented with his award this evening from Karolina Sutton of Curtis Brown for his novel-in-progress ‘Rosalind’.