Two UEA Creative Writing alumnae, Lynne Bryan and Bel Greenwood, have been shortlisted for this year’s Women in Publishing New Venture Award, which recognizes ‘pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society’. They have been nominated for their work with Words and Women, an organization that promotes writing by women in the Eastern region. Lynne (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1985 and is the author of the short story collection Envy At The Cheese Handout (Faber, 1995) and the novels Gorgeous and Like Rabbits (Sceptre, 1999 and 2002). Bel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) in 2005 and is a playwright and screenwriter and the editor with Lynne of the annual ‘Words and Women’ anthology of short prose by women writers, which is published to coincide with International Women’s Day. Volume One of the anthology was nominated for the 2014 Saboteur awards. The winner of the Women in Publishing Award will be announced in London on 9 December. The Words and Women website can be found here.