Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
A Year of Books
Account Services
Our Chelmsford shop
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Frank O'Connor Award shortlist unveiled

8th June 2012

The shortlist for the world's richest prize for a short story collection, the Frank O'Connor Award, has been unveiled, with six authors in contention for the EUR 25,000 (GBP 20,000) prize.

Established in 2005 in honour of the prolific Irish short story writer Frank O'Connor, the award is presented each year by the Munster Literature Centre, in association with Cork City Council, to the finest collection of stories published in English in the previous 12-month period.

Previous winners include Haruki Murakami, Edna O'Brien and Miranda July, who won the award in 2007, beating off competition from Etgar Keret, who is shortlisted once again in 2012 for Suddenly a Knock on the Door.

He is nominated alongside Kevin Barry, who will be among the favourites for the award after his acclaimed collection Dark Lies the Island recently scooped the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize.

The other shortlisted candidates include Sarah Hall, for her first short story collection The Beautiful Indifference, Lucia Perillo, for Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, and Fiona Kidman, for The Trouble with Fire.

The shortlist is completed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander, which drew major praise from contemporaries including Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Egan upon its publication.

Irish novelist Mary Leland, who will judge the prize alongside poet James Harpur and Ann Luttrel, programmer of the Cork International Short Story Festival, where the award is presented, said the shortlist is 'very attractive'.

'I sometimes feel a collection can be very instructive, but not necessarily entertaining. I don't mean entertaining in the lighter sense, but in keeping you involved,' she explained.

'These are the books I just kept carrying with me around my house. And I'm dreading making a final decision.'

The winner of the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award will be announced on July 5th.

Latest Blog
Read an extract from Everything I Know About Love
20/04/2018

Dolly Alderton's Everything I Know About Love is an honest, funny and uplifting account of growing up and being enough.

An extract from The Fire This Time
18/04/2018

Edited by National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward, The Fire This Time is a collection of essays and poems exploring black experience in modern-day America, in a response to James Baldwin's groundbreaking 1963 essay collection The Fire Next Time.

Swither, Shoogle, Wheesht - Kirsty Logan on the language of The Gloaming
17/04/2018

Kirsty Logan's second novel, The Gloaming, is a swirling tale threaded through with magic, heartbreak, love and mermaids. It is studded with evocative but perhaps unfamiliar words, adding atmosphere, mood and expression. Exclusively for Foyles, she has written about some of these Scottish words, that head up each chapter of the book.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd