The shortlist for the 2010 Cork City – Frank O’Connor Short Story Award is out, and 2 of our beloved authors are on it! Both Robin Black (issue #104, “Harriet Elliot”) and Laura van den Berg (issue #102, “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us”) are now in the running for the €35,000 prize, the world’s richest award for the form. It’s given to what is judged to be the best original collection of stories published in English in the 12 months preceding its award in September. Unlike past years’ shortlists, which consisted of more authors from the UK and Ireland, five of the six places on this year’s short list have been taken by American authors. Another unusual feature is that as many as three of the books have been published by small presses. (Go Dzanc! Go Graywolf!) All of the shortlistees have agreed to go to Cork next September to attend the awards ceremony and to read from their books at the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival.
Let’s give it up for Robin and Laura, and cross our fingers for them. We wish you the best, ladies!