Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

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Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
Awarded for Best short story collection
Sponsor Cork City Council
Location Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival, Cork, Ireland
Country Ireland
Presented by Munster Literature Centre
First awarded 2005
Official website [1] [2]

The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award—named in honour of Frank O'Connor, who devoted much of his work to the form—is an international literary award presented for the best short story collection. At 25,000 (as of 2012) it is considered the world's richest prize for a short story collection.[1] Each year, roughly sixty books are longlisted, with either four or six books shortlisted, the ultimate decision made by three judges.

History[edit]

In 2000, the Cork, Ireland Munster Literature Centre organised the first Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival,[2] an event dedicated to the celebration of the short story and named for Frank O'Connor, the famous Cork writer. The festival showcases readings, literary forums and workshops. Following continued growth and additional funding, the Cork City – Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005,[2] coinciding with Cork's designation as that year's European Capital of Culture.

In 2008 there was no shortlist, as the judges considered the winning book, Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri, as being superior to other books on the longlist.[3]

Recipients[edit]

Year Winner Collection Shortlisted nominees & collections Ref(s)
2005 Yiyun Li A Thousand Years of Good Prayers [4]
2006 Haruki Murakami Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman [5]
2007 Miranda July No One Belongs Here More than You [6]
2008 Jhumpa Lahiri Unaccustomed Earth
  • No shortlist issued.
[7]
2009 Simon Van Booy Love Begins in Winter [8][9]
2010 Ron Rash Burning Bright
  • T. C. BoyleWild Child
  • David ConstantineThe Shieling
  • Robin Black – If I Love You I Would Tell You This
  • Belle Boggs – Mattaponi Queen
  • Laura van den Berg – What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
[10]
2011 Edna O'Brien Saints and Sinners [11]
2012 Nathan Englander What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank [12][1]
2013 David Constantine Tea at the Midland and Other Stories [13]
2014 Colin Barrett Young Skins [14]

See also[edit]

  • Irish short story, detailing the importance of the short story form in Irish culture

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flood, Alison (9 July 2012). "Nathan Englander wins 2012 Frank O'Connor short story award". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Writer scoops Cork award". Irish Examiner. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Irvine, Lindesay (5 July 2008). "Jhumpa Lahiri jumps the shortlist to world's richest short story prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Crown, Sarah (26 September 2005). "Inaugural short story award goes to debut author". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Pauli, Michelle (18 July 2006). "Murakami and Tremain on Frank O'Connor shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Crown, Sarah (23 July 2007). "Big names miss out on Frank O'Connor shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Irvine, Lindesay (5 July 2008). "Jhumpa Lahiri jumps the shortlist to world's richest short story prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Lea, Richard (29 June 2009). "Debut authors dominate shortlist for Frank O'Connor award". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Flood, Alison (21 September 2009). "Simon Van Booy wins world's richest short story prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Flood, Alison (9 July 2010). "US writers dominate Frank O'Connor award shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Edna O'Brien wins Frank O'Connor Award". Irish Examiner. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Flood, Alison (7 June 2012). "Nathan Englander set to head race for 2012 Frank O'Connor award". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Alison Flood (31 May 2013). "Frank O'Connor short story award pits UK authors against international stars". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ Eileen Battersby (11 July 2014). The Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/mayo-writer-colin-barrett-wins-frank-o-connor-award-with-debut-collection-1.1862371 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 16 August 2014. 

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