Two UEA alumni have been longlisted for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize, which is open to all genres and forms of literature and is worth £30,000 to the winner. Monique Roffey, who graduated from the UEA English Literature BA in 1987, is nominated for The Mermaid of Black Conch, which was published by Peepal Tree Press in March last year and was recently announced as the winner of the Novel category of the 2020 Costa Book Awards. Rebecca Tamás (pictured), who completed her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at UEA in 2017, is nominated for Strangers: Essays On The Human And Nonhuman, which was published by Makina Books in November last year. Also longlisted for the Prize is Inua Ellams, the award-winning poet and playwright who taught at UEA in 2020 as a UNESCO City of Literature Writing Fellow. He is nominated for The Actual, which was published by Penned In The Margins. The shortlist for the Prize will be announced on 10 February and the winner on 24 March.