The longlist for the 2015 award is published here.

The shortlist will be decided towards the end of May and made public in early June.


The Cork City – Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award is an annual award of €25,000 and is currently the world’s richest prize for a short story collection. The award is in memory of the late Frank O’Connor, one of the world’s most renowned short story writers. The award, organised by the Munster Literature Centre and funded by Cork City Council and the School of English University College Cork,  is presented in O’Connor’s hometown of Cork, Ireland, at the end of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival. The prize is awarded to the author of the book judged to be the best collection of stories published in English for the first time anywhere in the world in the twelve months between a first publication date of between July 1st of the prior year and June 30th of the current year. In 2015 we will be presenting the award for the eleventh time.

The 16th Cork International Short  Story Festival

The festival kicks off on the evening of Tuesday September 15th 2015. The full programme will be released in July.


2015 Jury

Ladette Randolph American novelist and editor-in-chief of Ploughshares
Clive Sinclair British novelist
Eibhear Walshe, Irish novelist and director of Creative Writing at the School of English, University College Cork