The Shore, the debut novel by UEA Creative Writing alumna Sara Taylor, has been shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Sara (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA. The Shore was published by William Heinemann in March this year and has been longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Guardian First Book Award, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award is 25 years old and is worth £5,000 to the winner. Recently re-launched, it was previously won by UEA alumni Andrew Cowan (MA 1985), Adam Foulds (MA 2000) and Naomi Alderman (MA 2003). The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Thursday 10th December.