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UEA launches short story partnership

Thu, 18 Apr 2013

The University of East Anglia's creative writing programme has joined forces with publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson (W&N) to launch a short story partnership to showcase the best stories written by its students.

Starting this autumn, the partnership will run a series of four seasonal competitions a year to find the best short stories written by UEA creative writing students. A panel of PhD students from the creative writing course will draw up a shortlist of 10 stories, which will then be submitted to W&N for judging.

The selected story will be published on the W&N website, the website of its parent company Orion and be promoted via the W&N and Orion digital and social media platforms. The first selected story will be published in January 2014.

Rebecca Stott, novelist and professor of literature and creative writing at UEA, is director of the creative and critical writing PhD programme. She said: "We welcome this opportunity to work with Weidenfeld & Nicolson to bring the finest UEA short stories to a wider audience. This will be an exciting opportunity for the students to showcase their work as they embark on their literary careers."

Kirsty Dunseath, publishing director, Weidenfeld & Nicolson Fiction, said: "The US has a thriving short story culture whilst in the UK publishers have often found it difficult to marry their support for the form with the economics of publishing. The digital era is changing that and we felt it would be great to highlight some of the great new voices coming out of UEA with a story for each season."

The world-renowned creative writing MA at UEA was founded in 1970-71 and was the first course of its kind in the UK. It has aided the careers of many contemporary authors and counts Booker Prize-winners Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Anne Enright among its alumni.

The creative writing programme was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education in 2012 - the UK's most prestigious higher education award, given to those who can demonstrate outstanding work at a world-class level.