Two UEA writers have been included on the shortlist of five in contention for this year’s The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Julianne Pachico is nominated for The Lucky Ones, her debut collection of stories, which was published by Faber & Faber earlier this year. Sara Taylor is nominated for her second novel The Lauras, which was published by Heinemann last year. Both Julianne (pictured) and Sara graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA in 2013, and both completed a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA earlier this year. Julianne grew up in Cali in Columbia and was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2015. Her work has been published in a number of journals including Lighthouse and The New Yorker. Sara’s debut novel The Shore was shortlisted for The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2015 and 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 Lauras was shortlisted earlier this year for the RSL Encore Award. The winner of The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 2017, which is worth £5,000, will be announced on 7 December.