City student up for international literary award
City University London masters student, David Young, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Yeovil Literary Prize for the novel he wrote for his MA in Creative Writing (Crime Novels).
Awarded by the Yeovil Community Arts Association, the prize celebrates creative writing and aims to enhance opportunities for aspiring writers across the world.
Nominated from amongst a thousand other international entries, David's work will be judged by renowned author Elizabeth Buchan.
The winner will be announced on the 14th September, ahead of the Yeovil Literary Festival in November where the awards will be presented.
"I'm obviously thrilled," said David, a former senior editor with BBC World TV News, who took voluntary redundancy to concentrate on writing full-time. "Even if I don't win, the kudos that goes with being shortlisted for an award of this type can help you secure an agent and hopefully then a publisher, so that's what I'll be aiming for. I'm hoping it might just be the foot in the door I need."
David's novel, provisionally titled Stasi Child, is a crime thriller set in mid-1970's communist East Germany and features a female People's Police detective trying to solve a murder against a background of infighting between rival Stasi factions.
He has been developing the novel as the core of his MA in Creative Writing (Crime Novels). He is a member of the first cohort to join the course, which was launched two years ago.
"Since we founded our unique MA here, we have focused on Literary Novels," said Jonathan Myerson, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. "In 2012 we introduced a whole new pathway for Crime Thriller writers - same course, different novels - and it's great to see students from our very first intake already winning and being shortlisted for prizes. I think we may be on the right track!"
David is not the only student studying for the MA to be recognised for their work. Last month, Jody Sabral learned that she had won the 2014 Debut Dagger; the Crime Writers' Association Award for unpublished crime authors.
More details about the Yeovil Literary Prize can be found on their website.