Five UEA writers have been included on the longlist for this year’s Words and Women prose competition. Open to women writers throughout the UK, the competition offers the national winner a cash prize of £1,000 and a month long writing retreat sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust. The winner of the East of England prize will receive £600 and an advising session with Jill Dawson of the Gold Dust mentoring service. The longlisted authors were selected by guest judges Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood. They are: Sally Kerry Fox (MA 2016) for ‘Every Living Thing’; Avril Joy (BA 1972) for ‘Crane’; Carmen Morawski (pictured, current MFA) for ‘Upon Return’; Rashmee Roshan Lall (MA 2016; current PhD) for ‘The Man Who Walked In Off The Street’; and Hannah Vincent (BA 1987) for ‘She Clown’.