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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Frank O' Connor Short Story Prize - longlist announced

The Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize, one of the most prestigious in the short story world, with an annual award of 35,000 euros to an author of a short story collection, has just announced their 2007 longlist. Congratulations to all the authors below, a wonderful achievement. I am delighted to say that many of the authors whose books are longlisted have been reviewed by The Short Review, or are in the process of being reviewed, so do go and check out the reviews (links below) and find one or two you might like to read.

THE LONGLIST FOR THE 2008 FRANK O'CONNOR SHORT STORY PRIZE

IRELAND (5 authors)

  1. Mary Rochford (IRELAND)
    Gilded Shadows
    Tia Publishing, Birmingham, UK
  2. Mary O’Donnell (IRELAND)
    Storm over Belfast
    New Island, Dublin, Ireland
  3. Gerard Donovan (IRELAND)
    Country of the Grand
    Faber & Faber Ltd, London, UK
  4. Anne Enright (IRELAND)
    Taking Pictures
    Jonathan Cape – The Random House Group, London, UK
  5. Roddy Doyle (IRELAND)
    The Deportees and other stories

    Jonathan Cape – The Random House Group, London, UK

BRITAIN (14 authors including 8 authors from Salt Publishing)

  1. James Waddington (BRITAIN)
    Torc
    Ogo Press, Honley, Holmfirth, UK
  2. Clare Wigfall (BRITAIN)
    The Loudest Sound and Nothing

    Faber & Faber Ltd, London, UK
  3. Niki Aguirre (BRITAIN)
    29 Ways to Drown
    Flipped Eye Publishing, Manchester, UK
  4. Wendy Perriam (BRITAIN)
    Little Marvel and Other Stories
    Robert Hale Limited, London, UK
  5. David Gaffney (BRITAIN)
    Aroma Bingo

    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  6. Carys Davies (BRITAIN)
    Some New Ambush

    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  7. Elizabeth Baines (BRITAIN)
    Balancing on the Edge of the World
    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  8. Padrika Tarrant (BRITAIN)
    Broken Things
    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  9. Linda Cracknell (BRITAIN)
    The Searching Glance
    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  10. William Guy (BRITAIN)
    The I Love You Book
    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  11. Vanessa Gebbie (BRITAIN)
    Words From a Glass Bubble
    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  12. Richard Bardsley (BRITAIN)
    Body Parts – The Anatomy of Love
    Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
  13. Robert Shearman (BRITAIN)
    (Writer of the Dr Who series and a contemporary of David Walliams at Reigate Grammar School, has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and had a play produced by Francis Ford Coppola)
    Tiny Deaths
    Comma Press, Manchester, Uk
  14. Adam Marek (BRITAIN)
    Instruction Manual for Swallowing (Short Review coming soon)
    Comma Press, Manchester, Uk

AUSTRALIA (4 authors)

  1. John Clancy (AUSTRALIA)
    Her Father’s Daughter
    University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Queensland, Australia
  2. Susan Midalia (AUSTRALIA)
    A History of the Beanbag
    Uwa Press, Crawley, Australia
  3. Kathryn Lomer (AUSTRALIA)
    Camera Obscura
    University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Queensland, Australia
  4. Nam Le (VIETNAM-AUSTRALIA)
    The Boat (Short Review coming soon)
    Canongate Books Limited, Edinburgh, UK

NEW ZEALAND (4 authors)

  1. Tim Jones (NEW ZEALAND)
    Transported
    Random House New Zealand Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Sue Orr (NEW ZEALAND)
    Etiquette for a Dinner Party
    Random House New Zealand Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
  3. Elizabeth Smither (NEW ZEALAND)
    The Girl Who Proposed
    Cape Catley Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Witi Ihimaera (NEW ZEALAND)
    Often regarded as the most prominent Māori writer alive today, his novel, The Whale Rider, was made into the very successful film of the same name.
    Ask The Posts Of The House
    Raupo Publishing Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand

USA (8 authors)

  1. Jhumpa Lahiri (USA) WINNER
    Unaccustomed Earth
    Alfred A. Knopf Inc., Random House Inc., New York, Usa
  2. Wanda Coleman (USA)
    Jazz and Twelve O’Clock Tales
    Black Sparrow Books, Boston, Massachusetts, Usa
  3. Benjamin Percy (USA)
    Refresh, Refresh
    Jonathan Cape – The Random House Group, London, Uk
  4. Janet Kauffman (USA)
    Trespassing – Dirt Stories and Field Notes
    Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Usa
  5. Jim Shepard (USA)
    Like you’d understand, anyway
    Alfred A. Knopf Inc., Random House Inc., New York, Usa
  6. Marianne Herrmann (USA)
    Signaling For Rescue
    New Rivers Press, Moorhead, MN, Usa
  7. Don Waters (USA)
    Desert Gothic
    University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, Usa
  8. Donald Ray Pollock (USA)
    Knockemstiff
    Harvill Secker Editorial – The Random House Group Ltd, London, UK

CANADA

  1. Alison MacLeod (CANADA)
    Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction

    Hamish Hamilton, London, UK

SINGAPORE

  1. Wena Poon (SINGAPORE)
    Lions in Winter: stories
    MPH Group Publishing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

TAIWAN

  1. Egoyan Zheng (Qian-Ci Zheng) (TAIWAN)
    Urn’s Bottom Village Stories
    Press Store Publishing Co., Taichung City, Taiwan

NIGERIA

  1. Tubal R. Cain (NIGERIA??)
    Dandaula and Other African Tales
    Precious Styles Nigeria Limited, Jebba, Kwara State, Nigeria
For more about the prize, click here.

5 comments:

bevjackson said...

Congrats to all the long listers!
Very exciting.

Tania Hershman/The Short Review said...

It is, isn't it? And lots of food for thought in terms of more short story collections to read & review!

Anonymous said...

I'm just knocked for six that my collection is on the longlist. Especially when it's alongside so many fantastic books I've already read and admired - and so many more I've had sitting by my bed, and are now pressing for attention!

Thanks for posting this. I stumbled upon it quite by chance, and am thrilled!

Rob Shearman

Tania Hershman/The Short Review said...

Hey Rob, congratulations! So glad we could bring you the good news!

Tania

mary o'donnell said...

Thanks for all the info. re. the longlist. I was thrilled to be on it as one of the five Irish listed. But wasn't it odd, to say the least, that the judges didn't execute their role as judges and provide a shortlist? Even if the judges settled quickly and unanymously on their winner, several of the long-listees felt the work wasn't properly executed by the absence of a shortlist.

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