Frank O'Connor Longlist 2009

Following on form last week’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize shortlist comes the list of short story collections longlisted for the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The Award has one of the biggest prizes for short story writers, €35,000. Yet, what makes €35,000 story? Well the long list this year has expanded from 2008’s thirty-eight to a stagger fifty-seven short story collections. The great thing is that the big boy publishers are weighing up against the independent small presses (including Andrew’s publisher, Route). We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Anthony Croppers collection.

The judges for the award are Lloren A. Foster, Milka Jankowska and Vincent McDonnell. The shortlist of 5 titles will be announced in late June, and the winner in September.

For more on the award visit The Munster Literature Centre.

Here is the longlist:

Sana Krasikov, One More Year, Portobello Books Ltd
Petina Gappah, An Elegy for Easterly, Faber and Faber Limited
Eleanor Bluestein, Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales, BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
Bonnie Jo Cambell, American Salvage,Wayne State University Press
Dennis Cooper, Ugly Man: Stories, Harper Perennial
David Eagleman, Sum, Pantheon Books (Random House)
Mary Gaitskill, Don’t Cry, Pantheon Books (Random House)
Lauren Groff, Delicate Edible Bird, Hyperion
Daniel A. Hoyt, Then We Saw The Flames, University of Massachusetts Press
Ian MacMillan, Our People, BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
James Mathews, Last Known Position, University of North Texas Press
Christopher Meeks, Months and Season, White Whisker Books
Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantage of Breathing, Harper Perennial
Andrew Porter, The Theory of Light and Matter, University of Georgia Press
Glen Pourciau, Invite, University of Iowa Press
Midge Raymond, Forgetting English, Eastern Washington University Press
Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Anthony Cropper, Nature’s Magician, Route
Jane Feaver, Love Me Tender, Harvill Secker (The Random House Group)
Paul Flynn, Crossing the Border, CC Publishing
Tania Hershman, The White Road and Other Stories, Salt Publishing
Sue Hubbard, Rothko’s Red, Salt Publishing
Kazuo Ishiguro, Nocturnes, Faber and Faber Limited
Sushma Joshi, The End of the World, FinePrint Books
Alex Keegan, Ballistics, Salt Publishing
Charles Lambert, The Scent of Cinnamon, Salt Publishing
James Lasdun, It’s Beginning to Hurt, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Tom Lee, Greenfly, Harvill Secker (The Random House Group)
Frederick Lightfoot, Fetish and Other Stories, Superscript
André Mangeot, A Little Javanese, Salt Publishing
Sean O’Brien, The Silence Room, Comma Press
John Saul, As Rivers Flow, Salt Publishing
Ali Smith, The First Person, Penguin Group Canada
Mark Illis, Tender, Salt Publishing
Simon Van Booy, Love Begins in Winter, Harper Perennial
Tricia Dower, Silent Girl, Innana Publications and Education Inc.
Hannah Holborn, Fierce, McClelland & Stewart
Pamela Stewart, Elysium, Anvil Press
Deborah Willis, Vanishing and Other Stories, Penguin Group Canada
Kuzhali Manickavel, Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings, Blaft Publications
Arnon Grunberg, Amuse-Bouche, Comma Press
Kristiina Ehin, A Priceless Nest, Oleander Press
Maike Wetzel (Trans. Lyn Marven), Long Days, Comma Press
Gyrơir Elíasson (Trans. Victoria Cribb), Stone Tree, Comma Press
Jahnavi Barua, Next Door, Penguin Books ( India )
Jasmine Anita Yvette D’Costa, Curry is Thicker Than Water, BookLand Press
Michael J. Farrell, Life in the Universe, The Stinging Fly Press
Robert Graham, The Only Living Boy, Salt Publishing
Alan McMonagle, Liar, Liar, Words on the Street
Philip Ó Ceallaigh, The Pleasant Light of Day, Penguin Ireland
Kiril Bozhinov, Eclipses: Stories of Disappearances and Reappearance, Beyond Art Productions
Shih-Li-Kow, Ripples and Other Short Stories, Silverfish Books
Jeanette Galpin, Aroha and the River, Maungatiro Press of Marton
Charlotte Grimshaw Singularity, Vintage
Sefi Atta, Lawless, Farafina Books
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck, Fourth Estate LTD
Empar Moliner (Trans. Peter Bush), I Love You When I’m Drunk, Comma Press


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