Saturday, 3 May 2008

LONGLIST FOR THE 2008 FRANK O'CONNOR SHORT STORY PRIZE

The longlist for the 2008 Frank O'Connor Award, for a collection of short stories, is published today.
See Munster Literature Centre for more, where they speculate on possible shortlistees and winners. Unlike many longlists, any collection that is eligible (according to the rules set out by Munster Lit) gets on the longlist, it's just up to the publishers to get them in. Which is a good thing for writers and publishers as it exposes their book and their press to media attention.
The shortlist of 6 books will appear in July and the winner of the €35,000 prize will be announced at the annual Frank O'Connor Short Story Festival in September. Good luck all!!

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)

6. James Waddington (BRITAIN)
Torc
Ogo Press, Honley, Holmfirth, UK
7. Clare Wigfall (BRITAIN)
The Loudest Sound and Nothing
Faber & Faber Ltd, London, UK
8. Niki Aguirre (BRITAIN)
29 Ways to Drown
Flipped Eye Publishing, Manchester, UK
9. Wendy Perriam (BRITAIN)
Little Marvel and Other Stories
Robert Hale Limited, London, UK
10. David Gaffney (BRITAIN)
Aroma Bingo
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
11. Carys Davies (BRITAIN)
Some New Ambush
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
12. Elizabeth Baines (BRITAIN)
Balancing on the Edge of the World
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
13. Padrika Tarrant (BRITAIN)
Broken Things
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
14. Linda Cracknell (BRITAIN)
The Searching Glance
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
15. William Guy (BRITAIN)
The I Love You Book
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
16. Vanessa Gebbie (BRITAIN)
Words From a Glass Bubble
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
17. Richard Bardsley (BRITAIN)
Body Parts – The Anatomy of Love
Salt Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, Uk
18. 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
19. Adam Marek (BRITAIN)
Instruction Manual for Swallowing
Comma Press, Manchester, Uk



AUSTRALIA (4 authors)

20. John Clancy (AUSTRALIA)
Her Father’s Daughter
University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Queensland, Australia
21. Susan Midalia (AUSTRALIA)
A History of the Beanbag
Uwa Press, Crawley, Australia
22. Kathryn Lomer (AUSTRALIA)
Camera Obscura
University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Queensland, Australia
23. Nam Le (VIETNAM-AUSTRALIA)
The Boat
Canongate Books Limited, Edinburgh, UK

NEW ZEALAND (4 authors)

24. Tim Jones (NEW ZEALAND)
Transported
Random House New Zealand Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
25. Sue Orr (NEW ZEALAND)
Etiquette for a Dinner Party
Random House New Zealand Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
26. Elizabeth Smither (NEW ZEALAND)
The Girl Who Proposed
Cape Catley Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
27. 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)

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

CANADA

36. Alison MacLeod (CANADA)
Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction
Hamish Hamilton, London, UK

SINGAPORE

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

TAIWAN

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

NIGERIA

39. Tubal R. Cain (NIGERIA)
Dandaula and Other African Tales
Precious Styles Nigeria Limited, Jebba, Kwara State, Nigeria

2 comments:

Tania Hershman/The Short Review said...

It is a great boost for the short story, isn't it? I didn't realise that all eligible books were longlisted, that's a lot to read for the judges, it seems like a wonderfully varied list. Does make you wonder why more publishers don't submit to the prize - do they not know about it?
Anyhow, I put the longlist on my blog with links to the collections we've already reviewed, if anyone wants to check them out further!

T

Women Rule Writer said...

It is wonderful for the short story. 35,000 euro is a wonderful prize. I think writers, as much as publishers, need to try to be aware of what opportunities are out there for their books. It can be hard to keep up to date though.