Nami Mun - Miles From NowhereA bursary of £10,000 a year for three years is awarded for a first work of fiction to help the author's professional development.
Ann Weisgarber - The Personal History of Rachel DuPree
Francesca Kay - An Equal Stillness
Ann Weisgarber's novel also appears on the main longlist for the Orange Prize. (More here.)
Waitressing and being an Avon lady – and even criminal investigations – are all about understanding people's desires. I had to rely on my communication skills and empathy in these jobs... There was a shared emotion between them and me, the people I was sometimes talking to. We were all lonely.In The Independent Korean American nominee Nami Mun talks about how her itinerant employment informs her writing.