It's an all-woman jury for this year's Cork City - Frank O'Connor Award. Interesting!!! My short fiction collection Nude is eligible. Wooooo.
From Munster Lit:
"The Frank O'Connor Short Story Festival culminates with the presentation of the Cork City-Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, which at €35,000 is the richest award for the Short Story form in the world. I think going into its sixth year we can safely say that it is now also the world's most prestigious Short Story Award which ensures worldwide fame for the festival and the participation of some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction. Currently we are receiving entries for the award which can be received by us up to the end of this month.
In April we will publish the 2010 longlist for the award as well as the names of this year's judges. We can confirm, as a teaser, that all the judges this year happen to be women. They were each selected by Patrick Cotter for their professional relationship to fiction and the arts. Cotter says: "I didn't deliberately set out to select a jury of all women and maybe one of these days I'll end up with a jury who happen to be all men." In June a shortlist of four or six will be chosen and those writers will all be invited to read at the festival too."