The Messenger by UEA alumna Megan Davis has been shortlisted for this year’s Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Megan (pictured) is a lawyer in the field of white-collar crime, and an associate at Spotlight on Corruption. Originally from Australia, she previously worked in the film industry and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA in 2017. The Messenger was the winner of the 2018 Bridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a first novel. Emily Coutts, who graduated from the Creative Writing MA in 2019 as the recipient of that year’s Curtis Brown Award for best student, was longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize for her novel The Perfectionists. All shortlisted entrants for the prize will receive a one-to-one consultation with the competition sponsors, the PFD literary agency. The winner, who will be announced on 27 May, will receive a cash prize of £1,500.