Romina Ramos, a final-year student on the BA in Creative Writing, is in the running for Penguin Random House’s #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize. She submitted a selection of her poetry to the competition last year. The prize is a pioneering new initiative, created by an imprint which is “a home to underrepresented voices” and looks to “provide a platform where their stories can be told, heard and uplifted”.

Romina said: “It feels a bit surreal. I had no expectations when I originally submitted for the prize. Ben, a professional poet and lecturer in Creative Writing at the University, said: “This is a much-deserved accolade for a young writer who I am certain will find a wide audience for her poetry in the years to come.” More information about #Merky Books can be found on the Penguin Random House UK website.

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