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90 Books On The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize Longlist

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Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 1 May 2015 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers ).

If you’re stuck for something to read, The 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize longlist is a great place to start looking, with ninety books selected for the presitgious prize. Worth €25,000 to the winning author of a collection of short stories published for the first time, in English anywhere in the world, between July 2014 and June 2015 (selecteds, collecteds or books containing stories published in a previous volume of stories by the author will not be eligible), the award is in it’s eleventh year and is the single biggest prize in the world for a collection of short stories.

In honouring Cork’s literary genius Frank O’Connor, and its most famous short story writer, it is hoped this award will achieve international recognition for the short story and highlight Cork’s important contribution to this literary art form.

This major international prize celebrating the city’s intimate relationship with the short story was established as part of the literary programme of Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. Since then it has made possible through the generous support of Cork City Council and the School of English, University College Cork

It is hoped the Award, for a complete collection of previously unpublished stories in a book collection, will play a significant role in establishing parity of esteem for the short story collection alongside the novel.

Judges this year were Ladette Randolph American novelist and editor-in-chief of Ploughshares, Clive Sinclair British novelist and Eibhear Walshe, Irish novelist and director of Creative Writing at the School of English, University College Cork. The shortlist will be decided towards the end of May and made public in early June.

The 16th Cork International Short  Story Festival kicks off on the evening of Tuesday September 15th 2015. The full programme will be released in July.

Longlist for 2015 Award

TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER
Half a Creature from the Sea Almond, David (UK) Walker
The Emerald Light in the Air Antrim, Donald (USA) Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Stone Mattress Atwood, Margaret (Canada) Bloomsbury
Refund Bender, Karen E. (USA) Counterpoint Press
Pond Bennett, Claire-Louise (UK) Stinging Fly
Truth Poker Brazaitis, Mark (USA) Autumn House Press
Staying Thin for Daddy Brennan, Deirdre (Ireland) Arlen House
The Brink Bunn, Austin (USA) Harper Perennial
The Missing Woman Burns, Carole (UK) Parthian
How You Were Born Cayley, Kate (Canada) Pedlar Press
Bitter Bronx Charyn, Jerome (USA) Liveright (Norton)
If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let you Go Chicurel, Judy (USA GP Putnam /Penguin
Probably Monsters Cluley, Ray (UK/Australia) ChiZine Publications
Man V Nature Cook, Diane (USA) Harper Collins
The Redemption of Galen Pike Davies, Carys (UK) Salt
The Chameleon House de Villiers, Melissa (South Africa) Modjaji
Mr Tall Earley, Tony (USA) Little Brown & Company
Life Here Below Farrell, Michael J. (Ireland)) New Island
We Will All Go Down Together Files, Gemma (UK) ChiZine Publications
Let me be Frank with You Ford, Richard (USA) Bloomsbury
Over Our Heads Fox, Andrew (Ireland) Penguin/ Random House
Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin Foyle, Órfhlaith (Ireland) Arlen House
Jellyfish Galloway, Janice (UK) Freight Books
Now We Will Be Happy Gautier, Amina (USA) University of Nebraska Press
A Fistful of Earth Gigoo, Siddhartha (India) Rupa Publications
The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space Goldschmidt, Pippa (UK) Freight Books
White Tiger on Snow Mountain Gordon, David (USA) Little A / New Harvest
Gutshot Gray, Amelia (USA) Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Jebel Marra Green, Michelle (UK/Canada) Comma Press
Infidelities Gunn, Kirsty (UK) Faber and Faber
Speed Dreaming Haroutunian, Nicole (USA) Little A
Elegy on Kinderklavier Hemenway, Arna Bontemps (USA) Sarabande
Little Crackers Higgins, Beda (UK) Sarabande
The Way Out Jarrett, Vicki (UK) Freight Books
Away from the Dead Jennings, Karen (South Africa) Holland Park Press
Millie and Bird: Tales of Paradise Joy, Avril (UK) Iron Press
Coup de Foudre Kalfus, Ken (USA) Bloomsbury
Burrard Inlet Keevil, Tyler (Canada) Parthian
The Family Unit and Other Struggles Klavan, Laurence (USA) ChiZine Publications
Specimen Kovalyova, Irina (Canada) Anansi
City Beasts Kurlansky, Mark (USA) Riverhead Books
Sweet Nothing Lange, Richard (USA) Little Brown and Company
The Book of Names Leville, Royce (Australia) Ripple Books
Justine, Joe and the Zen Garbageman Licht, Matthew (USA) Salt
When You Find Us We Will be Gone Linforth, Christopher (USA) Lamar University Press
Get in Trouble Link, Kelly (USA) Canongate
Doll Palace Lippmann, Sara (USA) Dock Stree Press
Life-like Litt, Toby (UK) Seagull Books
The Dog Livings, Jack (USA) Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Deadly Confederacies and other stories Malone, Martin (Ireland) New Island
Elemental Mantel, Tara (USA) Livingston Press: The University of West Alabama
Gifts for the One Who Comes After Marshall, Helen (Canada) ChiZine Publications
Teresa’s Man and other stories from Goa Mauzo, Damodar (India) Rupa Publications
Crow Fair McGuane, Thomas (USA) Knopf
Angels and Exiles Meynard, Yves (Canada) ChiZine Publications
Passion Flower Mistry, Cyrus (India) Aleph
Viral Stories Mitchell, Emily (USA) Norton
the Alphabet of Birds Naudé, SJ (South Africa) And Other Stories
Knife Fight Nickle, David (Canada) ChiZine Publications
Daydreams of Angels O’Neill, Heather (Canada) HarperCollins
The Girl Missing from the Window O’Reilly, Pau (Ireland)l Doire
Here Be Nightmares Oui, Julya (Malaysia) Fixi Novo
Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley Pancake, Ann (USA) Counterpoint Press
For Love and Kisses Pasion-Flores, Andrea (Philippines) University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
Honeydew Pearlman, Edith (USA) Little Brown and Company / John Murray
Hall of Small Mammals Pierce, Thomas (USA) Riverhead Books
A Token of my Affliction Plantana, Janette (Canada) Tightrope
French Kisses Poe, David R. (USA) Serving House Books
Father Brother Keeper Poole, Nathan (USA) Sarabande
What I Want To Tell Goes Like This Rader, Matt (Canada) Nightwood Editions
Don’t Try This At Home Readman, Angela (UK) And Other Stories
Wallflowers Robertson, Eliza (Canada) Bloomsbury
I Am Currently Working on a Novel Rolli (Canada) Tightrope
Don’t Let Him Know Roy, Sandip (India) Bloomsbury
By the Book Schoemperlen, Diane (USA) Biblioasis
Leaving By Plane Swimming Back Underwater Scott, Lawrence (Trinidad/UK) Papillote Press
They Do the Same Things Different There Shearman, Robert (UK) ChiZine Publications
Chez L’Arabe Silcoff, Mireille (Canada) Anansi
Confidence Smith, Russell (South Africa/Canada) Biblioasis
Wrote For Luck Taylor, Dj (UK) Galley Beggar Press
You Turn Your Back Tester, Royston (Canada) Tightrope
Mr. Bones Theroux, Paul (USA) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hot Little Hands Ulman, Abigail (Australia) Hamish Hamilton
Night at the Fiestas Valdez Quade, Kirstin (USA) Norton
101 Detectives Vladislavic, Ivan (Coatia/ South Africa) And Other Stories
thorn Williams, Evan Morgan (USA) BkMk Press at University of Missouri-Kansas City
SecondHand Rain Williams, Georgia Carys (UK) Parthian
The Freedom in American Songs Winter, Kathleen (UK) Biblioasis
The Thing About Great White Sharks Wright, Rebecca Adams (USA) Little A
My Documents Zambra, Alejandro (Chile) Fitzcaraldo Editions