‘Starry Night’ by UEA alumna Cara Marks has been shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Cara (pictured) moved to the UK from Canada in 2016 to study for her MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) as the recipient of the UEA North American Bursary. She graduated in 2017 and is currently researching a PhD on food, empathy and literature at Queen’s University Belfast, having received the Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship. Her short stories have previously been nominated for the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize (2020), the Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition (2019), the Australian Book Review’s Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (2017), and the Mogford Food and Drink Writing Prize (2016). She is currently writing her first novel Milkflower.