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American authors fill up Frank O'Connor shortlist

12th July 2010

The shortlist for the 2010 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award has been announced - and is dominated by writers from the US.

If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black, Belle Boggs' Mattaponi Queen and Wild Child by T.C. Boyle are among the titles nominated for the Cork City Council-sponsored prize.

Burning Bright by Ron Rash and Laura van den Berg's What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us are the remaining American collections in the award, while The Shieling by Oxford author David Constantine is the only work to come from a writer outside of the US.

The Munster Literature Centre, which organises the prize, added: 'Another unusual feature is that as many as three of the books have been published by small presses.'

Awarding EUR 35,000 (GBP 29,350), the prize is the richest for the short story form. The winner will be named in September.

Last year, Anglo-Welsh author Simon Van Booy won the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award for his second collection Love Begins in Winter.

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