THE MANCHESTER Fiction Prize has been awarded to eclectic English novelist Toby Litt.
The 41-year-old scooped the £10,000 prize awarded by MMU Writing School at a ceremony at Manchester Town Hall on Friday night.
The competition attracted more than 1,700 entries from over 40 countries - and was judged by writers Nicholas Royle, Sarah Hall and M. John Harrison.
Michael Halmshaw, from Leeds, who is writing his first novel, won the Manchester Young Writer of the Year Bursary in the 18-25-year-old category.
The winners were a special gala event as part of the Manchester Literature Festival which features Martin Amis, Val McDermid, Ruth Padel and the Writing School's Simon Armitage.
Toby Litt is the author of Adventures in Capitalism, Beatniks, Corpsing, deadkidsongs, Exhibitionism, Finding Myself, Ghost Story, I play the drums in a band called okay, Journey into Space and the forthcoming King Death. He is a Granta Best of Young British Novelist.
Toby said: "After numerous nominations I have finally broken my duck and won.
"It is the first time I have won something since school, when I won a prize for flying my paper aeroplane the furthest."
Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe with 37,000 students and more than 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The University educates and trains large numbers of legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals.
Manchester Met has invested £350 million in its estate and facilities during a ten-year plan to create a truly world-class campus in the heart of Manchester and in Cheshire.
The University is in the top three nationally for environmental sustainability, in the top 3% of global universities as ranked by the Times Higher Education and has an 85% research impact rated world-leading and internationally excellent.
Added today: Graduate author on Man Booker Prize longlist Wyl nominated for the UK's top literary prize
Added today: "Real life" Prisma app to hit Manchester “Urban sketchers show the world, one drawing at a time”
Added yesterday: Lord-Lieutenant is "inspired" by graduates Queen's representative tells students to always push the limits
Added yesterday: Award-winning poet joins Manchester Writing School Helen joining "exciting, dynamic community of writers"
Added yesterday: Digital guru appointed to top trade association Paul elected to join the Manchester Digital Council
Follow @manmetuni on Twitter for the latest news from MMU.