‘The Retreat’ by UEA alumnus Toby Litt has won the 2020 Short Fiction/University of Essex Short Story Prize. Fellow UEA graduates Luisa Hausleithner and Vijay Khurana were shortlisted for the prize, while Alan Murrin was longlisted. Toby (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 1995 and was included in the Granta list of Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. He is the author of ten novels and three collections of short stories and a book of essays, Mutants, published by Seagull Books in 2016. His most recent collection of short fiction was Life-Like, published by Seagull in 2014, and his most recent work of non-fiction was Wrestliana, published by Galley Beggar last year. His most recent novel Patience was published by Galley Beggar earlier this year. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.