Two UEA alumni have been shortlisted for this year’s McKitterick Prize, which is awarded to a first novel by a writer over 40 and is administered by the Society of Authors. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott is nominated for Swan Song, published by Hutchinson, and C.D. (Chris) Rose for Who’s Who When Everyone Is Someone Else: Ten Lectures On Great Lost Books, which is published by Melville House. Kelleigh (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2017, having previously earned a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University before studying screenwriting at the University of Southern California. As a work-in-progress, Swan Song was awarded the 2015 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award and was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and the Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition. It was longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Chris graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007 and subsequently gained a PhD in the short story from Edge Hill University. His first book The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure was published in 2014, and a standalone short story, Neva Star, was published as a pamphlet by Daunt Books in 2015. The winner of the McKitterick Prize will be announced on 17 June.