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Monday, July 12, 2010

Shortlist for the 2010 Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award announced

The Munster Literature Centre has unveiled the shortlist for the 2010 Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. At Euros35,000 it remains the world's richest prize for the form. It is awarded to what is judged to be the best, original collection of stories published in English in the 12 months preceding its award in September. This year we have the usual mix of veteran and debutante authors, although unusually, five of the six places this year have been taken by authors of one country: the USA. Another unusual feature is that as many as three of the books have been published by small presses. All of the shortlistees have agreed to come to Cork next September to attend the awards ceremony and to read from their books at the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival:

* If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This (Picador UK, 2010) by Robin Black
* Mattaponi Queen (Graywolf Press, 2010) by Belle Boggs
* Wild Child (Bloomsbury, 2010) by TC Boyle
* The Shieling (Comma Press, 2009) by David Constantine
* Burning Bright (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ron Rash
* What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009) by Laura van den Berg

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