UEA alumnus Ashley Stokes has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize for ‘The Syllabus of Errors: Twelve Stories about Obsession, Loss and Getting in a State’, which was published by Unthank Books last year. Ashley (pictured) gained a BA from St Anne’s College, Oxford, before joining the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1997. He has published short fiction and reviews in a number of journals and national newspapers, and has taught and directed creative writing in UEA’s School of Continuing Education, as well as teaching on the undergraduate programmes at UEA and at Norwich University College of the Arts. His first novel, ‘Touching The Starfish’, was published in 2010. ‘The Syllabus of Errors’ was also longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and shortlisted for Saboteur Best Short Story Collection award. The Edge Hill Prize, which is worth £5,000, is awarded annually by Edge Hill University for excellence in a published single author short story collection. In addition to the main award, there is a £1,000 Readers’ Prize judged by BA Creative Writing students. A shortlist of five will be announced by 31st May 2013.