On Tuesday 7 June the National Centre for Writing announced the 2021 shortlist for the £4,000 Laura Kinsella Fellowship, which will support one exceptionally talented early career writer of literary fiction.

Alice Franklin

Alice Franklin is a writer and editor based in London. In 2020, she graduated from the UEA’s MA Prose as the recipient of the Kowitz Scholarship. Her work has previously appeared in places such as Open Pen, TSS, and Reflex Fiction. She is currently at work on a novel informed by her experiences growing up autistic and by her love of language.


Kathy Hoyle

Kathy Hoyle is a writer from the North East whose stories always pay homage to her working-class roots. Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies such as Lunate, The Forge and Mainstream. Her work has previously been listed in competitions including The Exeter Short Story Prize, The Sunderland Short Story Award, The Bath Flash Fiction Award and The Fish Publishing Memoir Prize. She Recently won the Crossing the Tees short Story Competition and came second in the Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction.  She currently lives in Warwickshire, but the North East will always be ‘home’.

Cate West

Cate West trained in Fine Art and graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019. She was shortlisted for York Festival of Writing’s Friday Night Live and longlisted for Mslexia’s Novel Competition the same year. Cate teaches Creative Writing, and is passionate about outsider narratives. She lives and works in the Midlands (Writing West Midlands Room 204). Short stories with: Nightjar Press, Lunate, The Amphibian, Janus Literary (‘Underworld’, to be included in Sonder Press’s Best Small Fictions anthology 2022), among others. Shortlisted for the Dinesh Allirajah prize for short fiction, 2022.

The winner will be announced on Friday 1 July.


Commended writers

Beena Nadeem

Sara Jane Potter

Shereen Jackson

Ibrahim Babátúndé Ibrahim

Tabitha Bast

April Yee

Emilia Ong

Salli Hepworth-Smith

Daniel Olaoluwa Whyte

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