The longlist for the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award contains seventy-five books. Among the authors include previous winner Ron Rash, previous shortlistee Peter Stamm, Hollywood actress Molly Ringwald and recent winner of the Sunday Times Short Story Award, Junot Diaz. A shortlist of up to six books will be selected in late May and the winner publicly announced next July. The award will be presented at the culmination of the Cork International Short Story Festival in September. This year we will be presenting the award for the ninth time. The full longlist can be accessed here.
This year Cork City Council is joined by the Boole Library and the School of English, University College Cork as co-sponsors of the award. Both Cork City Council and the Arts Council of Ireland are also main funders of the Cork International Short Story Festival. We welcome University College Cork’s new involvement which enables us to maintain the festival and award at last year’s standard during this seriously challenging age of financial austerity.
The jury this year consists of non-voting chairman, Patrick Cotter, poet and Artistic Director of the Munster Literature Centre; John F. Deane, poet, publisher and short-story writer; Cathy Galvin, former deputy editor of The Sunday Times and founder of the Sunday Times Short Story Award and curator of the Word Factory in London; Brigid Hughes, former executive editor of The Paris Review and publisher/editor of A Public Space. More about the jury here.