The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the six books which have been shortlisted for Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015 are as follows:
1 Refund by Karen E. Bender Counterpoint Press US
2 The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies Salt Publishing UK
3 Mr. Tall by Tony Earley Little Brown US
4 Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn Faber UK
5 Crow Fair by Thomas McGuane Knopf
6 My Documents by Alejandro Zambra Fitzcaraldo Press
The €25,000 award is the single most lucrative in the world for a collection of short stories and is named after the writer whom W.B. Yeats described as the Irish Chekov. The award has been hugely influential in raising the profile and esteem of the short story form in recent years and previous winners have included Haruki Murakami, Edna O’Brien, Ron Rash and Yiyun Li amongst others
The Award is co-sponsored by Cork City Council and by The School of English, University College Cork and was founded to encourage publishers to issue more collections of stories by individual authors and to acknowledge Cork’s special relationship with the short story: not only Frank O’Connor but also William Trevor, Elizabeth Bowen and Sean O’Faolain hail fromCork.
Speakiing about this years entries and shortlist decision, Clive Sinclair from the judging panel said “Short in length, but long in reach, these stories echo way beyond their starting points in – say – Nashville, Chile or Montana. They reached the short-list not because they spoke the loudest, but because the words that made them managed to be both particular and universal”
Patrick Cotter, Award director said: “Every year we receive more and more entries. It is striking to note that we have three titles this year from small independent presses. It demonstrates that the dissemination of good writing is vital at a grass roots level; that multi-national conglomerates don’t have a monopoly on major talent.”
Karen E. Bender lives in North Carolina. She has published several novels. Her stories have won two pushcart prizes and have been published in the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope and elsewhere.
Carys Davies is a Welsh writer living in Lancaster, The Redemption of Galen Pike is her second short story collection. She has been distinguished in many prizes and competitions.
Tony Early lives in Nashville. He has published two novels. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper’s, Esquire and elsewhere.
Kirsty Gunn is a New Zealander living in Britain. She has published six works of fiction including novels and short story collections.
Thomas McGuane lives in Montana. He is the author of ten novels and three works of non-fiction. Crow Fair is his third short story collection.
Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean author who has published three novels. His short stories have been published in the New Yorker, Tin House, Harper’s and elsewhere. All his books are available in English translation.
The longlist for the 2015 award is published here.
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