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Creative writing wins Swansea student the 2011 Jones Prize

Rebecca John has been named as the winner of the 2011 Jones Prize from Grievous Jones Press.

Swansea University Creative Writing student Rebecca John has been named as the winner of the 2011 Jones Prize from Grievous Jones Press.

Rebecca, aged 24, was recognised for her peerless short story collection Clown’s Shoes.

The competition, which was judged this year by Rachel Trezise and Kate North, was established to ‘find and publish a unique, honest voice that combines literary innovation, organic expression, and undeniable meaning from any poetry or prose writer currently living or writing in Wales’.

The third year undergraduate student at the University’s Department of English, has already enjoyed recent publishing success.

Rebecca said:  “During my first year of study at Swansea, I had a short story included in Parthian Books’ Nu; Fiction and Stuff anthology for young writers. 

“I have since entered many competitions and have been shortlisted for a handful, including the Fish Short Story Prize and last year, the Bridport Prize, which was encouraging. 

“Earlier this year, I learned that I was to have two short stories published; one in the Warren Adler Prize anthology and the other in the Terry Hetherington Prize anthology, Cheval 4.” 

Professor Stevie Davies, Director of Creative Writing at Swansea University, said: “Our warmest congratulations to Rebecca on this notable achievement in her early writing career – we are so happy for her. 

“We look forward to seeing her further develop as she undertakes the MA Creative Writing programme at Swansea next academic year.”

Clown’s Shoes by Rebecca John will be published by Grievous Jones Press later this year.  For more information visit http://www.grievousjonespress.com/01/HOME.html.

For more information on Swansea University’s Department of English visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/english/.


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