The UEA New Forms Prize 2021 will be judged by writer Yan Ge, with Professor Henry Sutton of UEA and Simon Jones, Digital Marketing Manager at the National Centre for Writing.
Yan Ge was born in Sichuan, China in 1984. She is a fiction writer in both Chinese and English. Yan’s first short story collection was published in China when she was seventeen. She is the author of thirteen books, including six novels. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Maodun Literature Prize (Best Young Writer). She was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. Her work has been translated into English, French and German, among other languages. The English translations of her titles include the novels The Chili Bean Paste Clan (Balsetire Press) and Strange Beasts of China (Tilted Axis Press), as well as the novella White Horse (HopeRoad Press) which was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2020.
Yan started to write in English in 2016. Since then, her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Irish Times, TLS, the Stinging Fly, Brick and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UEA where she was the recipient of the UEA International Award 2018/19. Yan lives in Norwich with her husband and son.
Henry Sutton is Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. He is Director of Creative Writing, and the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). He has been a member of faculty since January 2012. Previously he was the UEA Creative Writing Fellow in 2008, and Writer-In-Residence at BCLT, UEA Summer School 2009, and an associate tutor. He is the author of 12 novels – Good Dark Night (Corsair/Little Brown 2019) under the pseudonym Harry Brett, and The Hotel Inspector (Kampa Verlag, 2019) in press – and most recently published Red Hot Front (Corsair/Little, Brown, 2018), also under the pseudonym Harry Brett. He is also the author of My Criminal World (Harvill Secker/Vintage, 2013/2014), and a collection of short stories, Thong Nation (Serpent’s Tail, 2005). He is the co-author of the crime novel, First Frost (Bantam/Corgi, 2011), under the pseudonym James Henry. His work has been published in many languages. His critical work includes the co-edited, with Dr Laura Joyce, Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction, for Palgrave Macmillan (2018). He was awarded the J. B. Priestley Award in 2004. Kids’ Stuff was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and was also made into a stage play in Riga, Latvia.
Simon K Jones is a writer based in Norwich, England. He writes science fiction and fantasy, much of it released in serialised form online. You might have heard him on The Writing Life podcast which he produces for the National Centre for Writing.
His debut novel A Day of Faces was serialised in 2015 and 2016, winning a Watty Award in 2016 and reaching over 179,000 reads online. It’s about youth, revolution and shape-shifting animal people. He completed a 3-year, serialised, weekly run on his follow-up book The Mechanical Crown in 2019 and was selected by Wattpad for their Star programme. In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, he serialised the YA novel No Adults Allowed, a post-apocalyptic alternative to Lord of the Flies which turned out to be more timely than expected.
Simon’s How to Write Serialised Fiction short guide continues to be read by emerging online writers around the world.