UEA Creative Writing student Claire Griffiths has been announced as the runner-up for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize for her story ‘Tata and Mama and Me’. Claire (pictured) graduated from the BA in American Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2007, and completed the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2009. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing and teaches on the UEA undergraduate writing programme. Along with the other 20 longlisted stories, ‘Tata and Mama and Me’ will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7. Another current UEA student, Desmond Byrne, who is completing the MA in Creative Writing, has been included in the latest issue of ‘Mechanics’ Institute Review’ for his story ‘North Bull’. He was also featured in the previous issue, ‘Mechanics’ Institute Review 10’. Sonal Kohli (neé Aggarwal) has meanwhile been awarded a four-week Creative Writing residency at Sangam House in India.