No Country for Girls by UEA alumna Emma Styles has been longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. Emma grew up on Whadjuk Noongar Country in Perth, Western Australia and now lives in London, where she was born. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) in 2020, having previously worked as a veterinarian, track-work rider and meditation teacher. She wrote No Country for Girls over the two years of the MA and was awarded the Little, Brown Award for Crime Fiction, which is worth £3,000 and is judged by a panel of Sphere Fiction editors for the best graduating student on the MA. No Country for Girls was published by Sphere last year and was previously longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association / International Literary Properties John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award. It is currently also shortlisted for the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation Best Published Novel Award.