UEA alumna Lucy Geering has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Word of Mouth Prize for an unpublished manuscript, sponsored by the literary agency Conville & Walsh. Selected from over 1,000 submissions, her novel ‘Palus’ will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and the offer of representation by the agency. Lucy (pictured) gained a first degree in English Literature at Warwick University and graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2005. A fine artist and illustrator as well as a writer, she has also worked as a project manager for a number of independent arts organisations and charities. Her website can be found here.