Tom Vowler
Dr Tom Vowler, Associate Lecturer in the School of Society and Culture, has been shortlisted for a major international award.
He is one of seven people in the running for the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize, an annual award organised by the Royal Society of Literature.
It is open to authors of unpublished short stories of between 2,000 and 4,000 words, and was founded in 1999 to commemorate the centenary of the renowned 20th-century author.
Dr Vowler has been shortlisted for his work Voyagers, which follows two female astrophysicists on a psychedelic journey exploring love, illness and the cosmos. 
Author and judge Julia Armfield described it as being "clean and balanced, combining science and romance with flair and intelligence".

I’m honoured to grace such a shortlist. My journey with the short story began at the University of Plymouth under the expert tutelage of Professor Anthony Caleshu. Although I also write novels, the enigmatic, transcendent qualities of this compressed literary form ensure I return to it again and again.

Tom Vowler
Associate Lecturer

Dr Vowler is a graduate of the University’s MA Creative Writing programme, and subsequently completed his PhD on the role of trauma and landscape in fiction.
Over the past decade, he has won – or been shortlisted for – a number of prestigious literary prizes, with his work also featuring on BBC radio and being translated into multiple languages.
The winner of the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize will be announced on Thursday 22 February at the annual awards ceremony of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society. The winner will then have their story published in Prospect magazine and RSL Review and receive a prize of £1,000.