Friday, 12 March 2010

ALL WOMAN JURY FOR THE 2010 FRANK O'CONNOR AWARD

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."

11 comments:

Totalfeckineejit said...

€35,000? That's over 7,000 pints of Guinness.Buy me one when ya win.

BarbaraS said...

oooooooo!

Interestingly, the word verification is: fekace... short for feckin ace?

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Ah, now, take it easy TFE.

B - it'll be interesting to see who these women are, eh?

Titus said...

Yeah, good luck! I loved the book.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Titus - I've been up to my eyes - I keep meaning to contact you. THANK YOU for sending me your chapbook. I will sit down with it when Saturday is over and doneski. Very nice of you!

Titus said...

It was the least, after my two lucky strikes!

Vanessa Gebbie said...

'Nude' ought to go down rather well with female judges... ha!

Rachel Fenton said...

Didn't this just happen??? Crikey time's zipping past apace....

Well - good luck! Think how much creche time it would buy!! Digits and tootsies crossed for you!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Yes, girls, I can dream along with the best of them!

@Rachel - I know, I know. Well, in fairness, the fest is in September, this is just the build up to announcing the jury and the longlist.
The shortlist doesn't happen til July.
I'll be all dreamed out by then, thankfully!!

chiccoreal said...

Guess Frank would be proud if he were alive. Why always these accolades after someone is dead? That's just another slap in the face. I guess it is better than nothing. At least he ancestors who abused him will get rich!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

His daughter is very happy about it and his wife - they are great suporters of the award and festival. I'd say the riches are limited!