Recent UEA Creative Writing graduate Jyoti Patel has been longlisted for the Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. Jyoti (pictured) was born in Paris to British Indian parents and grew up in London. She graduated from UEA with a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2014 and completed the MA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) this year. #Merky Books is an imprint launched by Stormzy and Penguin Random House in 2018 to promote underrepresented writers. All longlisted authors will be invited to a day-long Writers’ Camp in London in January 2021, which will include workshops, presentations and one-to-one feedback. The shortlist will be announced on 5 February 2021and the winner in March.