Ponti, the debut novel by UEA graduate Sharlene Teo, has been longlisted for the 2019 Jhalak Prize for British/British resident BAME writers, which is worth £1,000 to the winner. Originally from Singapore, Sharlene graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013, when she was the recipient of that year’s Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship. She subsequently became the David T K Wong Creative Writing Fellow at UEA before undertaking her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. In 2014 she was a Fellow at the Sozopol Seminars in Bulgaria, and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and received a fellowship from the University of Iowa International Writing Program. Ponti was the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award in 2016, and is currently shortlisted in the Fiction category of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. The shortlist for the Jhalak Prize will be announced on 30 March and the winner on 1 May.