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Welcome to the Munster
Literature Centre

Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt) is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster. To this end, we organise festivals, workshops, readings and competitions. Our publishing section, Southword Editions, publishes a biannual journal, poetry collections and short stories. We actively seek to support new and emerging writers and are assisted in our efforts through funding from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.Originally located in Sullivan's Quay, the centre moved to its current premises in the Frank O'Connor House (the author's birthplace) at 84 Douglas Street, in 2003.

In 2000, the Munster Literature Centre organised the first Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival, an event dedicated to the celebration of the short story and named for one of Cork's most beloved authors. The festival showcases readings, literary forums and workshops. Following continued growth and additional funding, the Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005, coinciding with Cork's designation as that year's European Capital of Culture. The award is now recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world and is presented at the end of the festival.In 2002, the Munster Literature Centre introduced the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland's most accomplished story writers and theorists. This too is presented during the FOC festival. The centre also hosts the Cork Spring Literary Festival each year, at which the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize is awarded (established 2010).

Workshops are held by featured authors in both autumn and spring, allowing the general public to receive creative guidance in an intimate setting for a minimal fee. In addition, the centre sponsors a Writer in Residence each year. We invite you to browse our website for further information regarding our events, Munster literature, and other literary information. Should you have any queries, we would be happy to hear from you.

 

 

 

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THE CORK CITY - FRANK O'CONNOR SHORT STORY AWARD

 

 

Edna O'Brien wins the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

 

Click below to visit the new dedicated website for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Visit regularly to keep up with all the latest news.

www.frankoconnor-shortstory-award.net

 

 

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The 2011 FOC Award Winner

The 2011 Shortlist

The 2011 Longlist

2011 Cork International Short Story Festival website: http://www.corkshortstory.net

2011 Festival Blog: http://corkshortstory.wordpress.com/

Submission Guidelines

Back to the Frank O'Connor Award Main Page

Visit Award Pages: 2009 or 2010

 

 

 

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EDNA O'BRIEN WINS THE 2011 FRANK O'CONNOR SHORT STORY AWARD

 

Edna O'Brien wins the 2011 Frank O'Connor Short Story AwardSaints & Sinners by Edna O'Brien

 

Edna O'Brien's short story collection Saints and Sinners has won the 2011 Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. The final decision was made after much deliberation by the judges Thomas McCarthy (Cork-based poet), Alannah Hopkin (Cork-based writer) and Guardian journalist Chris Power (UK). The shortlist had a majority of women including Irish grandee Edna O’Brien and inaugural winner (2005) of the award Yiyun Li for her second collection. There were two young debutantes, Canadian Alexander MacLeod and American Suzanne Rivecca. American novelist Valerie Trueblood is shortlisted with her first short story collection and the shortlist is completed by the Irish literary heavyweight Colm Tóibín.

It was the first year two Irish authors had been shortlisted for this, the world’s largest and most prestigious award for the Short Story. Established in 2005 the €35,000 award is in the gift of the Munster Literature Centre and funded by Cork City Council. It was awarded for what was judged to be the best original short story collection published in English between July 1st 2010 and June 30th 2011. Previous winners have included Haruki Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri and Simon Van Booy.

O’Brien received a standing ovation as she accepted the award. “This is lovely, wonderful,” she said. “When Maureen Stapleton won an Academy Award, she said she’d like to thank everyone she’d ever met. I should probably limit that to Munster… I’d like to thank this wonderful festival for doing so much to stimulate the dying flower called literature.”

 

 

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Frank O'Connor Award Image

Announcing the 2011
Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Award Shortlist

 

 

Authors listed alphabetically by surname.

 

Yiyun Li * Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
(Random House)

Yiyun Li shortlisted for FOC Award 2011Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li

 

Alexander MacLeod * Light Lifting
(Biblioasis)

Alexander MacLeod shortlisted for FOC Award 2011Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod

 

Edna O'Brien * Saints and Sinners
(Faber)

Edna O'Brien shortlisted for 2011 FOC AwardSaints and Sinners by Edna O'Brien

 

Suzanne Rivecca * Death is Not an Option
(Norton)

Suzanne Rivecca shortlisted for 2011 FOC AwardDeath is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca

 

Colm Tóibín * The Empty Family
(Viking Penguin)

Colm Tóibín shortlisted for 2011 FOC AwardThe Empty Family by Colm Tóibín

 

Valerie Trueblood * Marry or Burn
(Counterpoint)

Valerie Trueblood shortlisted for 2011 FOC AwardMarry or Burn by Valerie Trueblood

 

For more information please visit our new website dedicated to the award:

www.frankoconnor-shortstory-award.net

 

 

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Frank O'Connor Award Image

Announcing the 2011
Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Award Longlist

 

 

Colm Toibin photoYiyun Li PhotoJavier Marias photoAnthony Doerr photo

 

Press Release: May 31st, 2011

JURY AND LONGLIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE FRANK O’CONNOR INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY Award 2011: THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHORT STORY PRIZE

Munster Literature Centre are proud to announce the jury and long list for the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Award 2011.

Submissions have been flowing into the Munster Literature Centre in Cork from publishing centres in New York, London and Delhi including collections by some the world’s leading short story writers. Among them are Irish author Colm Toibin who won the Edgehill Prize for his previous story collection, Spanish author and Impac Award winner Javier Marias, American Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2011 Sunday Times Short Story Award and Beijing-born Yiyun Li who won the inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2005 with her first book.

The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize is living up to its international credentials with a long list containing twelve UK writers, twenty-six Americans, four Irish, eight from Canada, two from India, two from Bulgaria and one each from Japan, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, China, Nepal and Spain, spanning four continents.

The non-voting chairman of the 2011 jury is Patrick Cotter, curator of the Award. The voting members of the jury are poet and novelist Thomas McCarthy who served also on the 2006 jury, Kinsale-based novelist and short story writer Alannah Hopkin and Guardian short story blogger Chris Power.

This jury will announce a short list in July prior to the award ceremony in September during the Cork International Short Story Festival.

Patrick Cotter, Munster Literature Centre, stated: We at the Munster Literature Centre are delighted such an award as this has continued to garner the support Cork City Council in recognition of Cork’s special relationship to the short story and many distinguished practitioners of the art, not least Frank O’Connor. It is the only international award in the world specifically for a book of Short Stories and as such is essential in a landscape crowded with novel and poetry prizes.

For more information, contact
Patrick Cotter                      
munsterlit@eircom.net      
+21 431 2955

 

The longlisted titles, in alphabetical order of author's surname.

 
Author Book Title Publisher Author's
Country
of Origin
       

Clark Blaise

The Meagre Tarmac Biblioasis USA

Summer Brenner

My Life in Clothes Red Hen Press USA

Jo Cannon

Insignificant Gestures Pewter Rose Press UK

Uttara Chauhan

Blue Blood Penguin India Canada

Michael Christie

The Beggar's Garden HarperCollins Canada Canada

Richard Cumyn

The Young in Their Country Enfield and Wizenty Canada

Anthony Doerr

Memory Wall Fourth Estate USA

Doug Dorst

The Surf Guru Riverhead Books USA

Deyan Enev

Circus Bulgaria Portobello Bulgaria

Danielle Evans

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Riverhead Books USA

Stuart Evers

Ten Stories about Smoking Picador UK

Edward Falco

Burning Man Southern Methodist University Press USA

Siobhan Fallon

You Know When the Men Are Gone Amy Einhorn Books USA

Roshi Fernando

Homesick Impress UK

Karen Joy Fowler

What I Didn't See Small Beer USA

Vanessa Gebbie

Storm Warning Salt UK

Sue Gee

Last Fling Salt UK

Ben Greenman

Celebrity Chekhov Harper Perennial USA

Linda LeGarde Grover

The Dance Boots University of Georgia Press USA

Tina May Hall

The Physics of Imaginary Objects University of Pittsburgh Press USA

Alan Heathcock

Volt Graywolf USA

Ava Homa

Echoes from the Other Land Tsar Canada

Valerie Laken

Separate Kingdoms Harper Perennial USA

Yiyun Li

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl Random House/ Fourth Estate China

Michael Kardos

One Last Good Time Press 53 USA

Gitanjali Kolanad

Sleeping with Movie Stars Penguin India India

Sean Mackel

The River Guildhall Ireland

Alexander MacLeod

Light Lifting Biblioasis Canada

Andre Mangeot

True North Salt UK

Javier Marías

While the Women are Sleeping Chatto and Windus Spain

Rob Mimpriss

For His Warriors Gwasg y Bwthyn UK

Mariko Nagai

Georgic BkMk Japan

Prem Nath

Crowded Rooms Penguin India India

Courttia Newland

A Book of Blues Flambard UK
Edna O'Brien Saints and Sinners Faber Ireland

Daniel Orozco

Orientation Faber USA

Sue Orr

From Under the Overcoat Random House New Zealand New Zealand

E.C.Osondu

Voice of America Granta Books Nigeria

Kelcey Parker

For Sale By Owner Kore USA

Miroslav Penkov

East of the West Farrar, Straus & Giroux Bulgaria

Anne Perdue

I'm a Registered Nurse Not a Whore Insomniac Canada

Andrew Plattner

A Marriage of Convenience BkMk USA

Dawn Promislow

Jewels Tsar Canada

Shann Ray

American Masculine Graywolf USA

Mary Rechner

Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women Propeller USA

Susannah Rickards

Hot Kitchen Snow Salt UK

Suzanne Rivecca

Death is Not an Option Norton USA

Moya Roddy

Other People Wordsonthestreet Ireland

Ethel Rohan

Cut Through the Bone Dark Sky Books Ireland

Gretchen Shirm

Having Cried Wolf Affirm Australian

L.E. Smith

Views Cost Extra Fomite USA

Christine Sneed

Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry University of Massachusetts Press USA

Fiona Thackeray

The Secret's in the Folding Pewter Rose Press UK

Rabi Thapa

Nothing to Declare Penguin India Nepal

Colm Tóibín

The Empty Family Viking Penguin Ireland

Matthew J. Trafford

The Divinity Gene Douglas & McIntyre Canada

Jessica Treadway

Please Come Back to Me University of Georgia Press USA

Paul Tremblay

In the Mean Time ChiZine Publications USA

Valerie Trueblood

Marry or Burn Counterpoint USA

Salley Vickers

Aphrodite's Hat Fourth Estate UK

Ferdinand Von Schirach

Crime Chatto and Windus Germany

Tom Vowler

The Method Salt UK

Susi Wyss

The Civilized World Holt USA
       

 

EDITOR’S NOTES:

ABOUT THE PRIZE
The 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize is worth €35,000 to the winning author of a collection of short stories published for the first time, in English anywhere in the world, between July 2010 and  June 2011 (selecteds, collecteds or books containing stories  published in a previous volume of stories by the author will not be eligible).  Translations are eligible.

This prestigious international short story award in the memory of Frank O’Connor is the single biggest prize in the world for a collection of short stories.

In honouring Cork’s literary genius and its most famous short story writer, it is hoped this award will achieve international recognition for the short story and highlight Cork’s important contribution to this literary art form.

This major international prize celebrating the city’s intimate relationship with the short story was established as part of the literary programme of Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. Since then it has made possible through the generous support of Cork City Council.

It is hoped the Award, for a complete collection of previously unpublished stories in a book collection, will play a significant role in establishing parity of esteem for the short story collection alongside the novel.

 

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR FRANK O'CONNOR AWARD

 

Please note: Major changes to conditions this year / 2011. Please return in 2012 to check for new developments.

1.

Deadline for receipt of entries and eligible publication dates

In recent years the organisers have taken note that books published between July and August are not being submitted for entry; so to remedy this, the year of publication for titles eligible to be entered for the 2012 award need to have been published between July 1st 2011 and June 30th 2012. Proofs and bound typescripts are acceptable for titles scheduled to be published after the closing date for entries which for this year has been extended to April 11th. Interested publishers are encouraged to submit immediately and not wait until the last moment.

 

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Publicity requirements for publishers

The Frank O’Connor Short Story Award is remuneratively larger than any American book award. It is approximately equal to the Costa Book award and the Orange Prize for fiction. The organisers of the award will not charge publishers of winning or shortlisted titles thousands of pounds as in the case of the Costa and Booker awards but in order to fulfil the award’s purpose in raising the marketing profile of the winning title in particular and the short story in general the following conditions will be enforced:

It is a condition of entry that all shortlisted authors attend the award announcement at the reasonable expense of the award organisers (economy air travel and lodgings chosen by the organisers).

It is also a condition that all copies in print of the winning book and any subsequent English-language editions (up to five years after the award is made) carry a badge at the publisher’s expense (either as a sticker or part of the original printing) on the front cover declaring “Winner of the 2012 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award”.

€15,000 of the award money is payable to the author within a month of the award announcement.

€20,000 is payable within six months after the award announcement once the award director is satisfied that the title’s publishers have complied with the badge requirement. The second tranche of €20,000 payable to the author will be forfeited if the author’s publishers fail to honour this condition.

 

 

What is the Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award?

The Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is an annual award of €35,000 and is currently the world's richest prize for the short story form. The award is in memory of the late Frank O'Connor, one of the world's most renowned short story writers. The award, organised by the Munster Literature Centre and funded by Cork City Council, is presented in O'Connor's hometown of Cork, Ireland, at the end of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival. The prize is awarded to the author of the book judged to be the best collection of stories published in English for the first time anywhere in the world in the twelve months between a first publication date of between July 1st of the prior year and June 30th of the current year. If a translated book wins, the purse is shared equally between the author and translator. 

 

How can books be entered for the award?

Publishers, authors and agents may enter eligible works of short fiction. Unfortunately self-publications and entries from vanity presses will not be considered. Books must be submitted by 11th April in seven bound copies to the Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland. There is no entry form, but a cover letter with contact information is required. Books considered in a particular year will have a first publication date of between July 1st of the prior year and June 30th of the current year. (For example, books considered in 2012 will have first publication dates of between July 1st, 2011 and June 30th, 2012.) Books due for publication before the closing date may be submitted in bound proof form.

What sort of books are entered in error?

Vanity press publications and self-published work, books first published outside the year of consideration, books which collect or select stories published from the author's previous short story collections and collections of novellas, titles which have previously been submitted for the award, and books by authors who are deceased.

How is the winner decided?

All eligible titles constitute the long-list, which is read by the jury. A short-list of four or six is chosen. The winner is selected after further deliberations from the short-list. If eligible titles entered exceeds 50 in number the Munster Literature Centre reserves the right to exclude certain entries from the longlist. Shortlisted authors will be offered a reading fee if they agree to read at the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival.

The Frank O’Connor Short Story Award is remuneratively larger than any American book award. It is approximately equal to the Costa Book award and the Orange Prize for fiction. The organisers of the award will not charge publishers of winning or shortlisted titles thousands of pounds as in the case of the Costa and Booker awards but in order to fulfil the award’s purpose in raising the marketing profile of the winning title in particular and the short story in general the following conditions will be enforced:

It is a condition of entry that all shortlisted authors attend the award announcement at the reasonable expense of the award organisers (economy air travel and lodgings chosen by the organisers).

It is also a condition that all copies in print of the winning book and any subsequent English-language editions (up to five years after the award is made) carry a badge at the publisher’s expense (either as a sticker or part of the original printing) on the front cover declaring “Winner of the 2012 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award”.

€15,000 of the award money is payable to the author within a month of the award announcement.

€20,000 is payable within six months after the award announcement once the award director is satisfied that the title’s publishers have complied with the badge requirement. The second tranche of €20,000 payable to the author will be forfeited if the author’s publishers fail to honour this condition.

 

Who will serve as judges?

The judges are selected by the director of the Munster Literature Centre from published short-story writers and academics with a track-record of involvement with the short story. From time to time, any other special category person may also be on the panel.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The short-list will be publicly announced mid-July. Only authors who commit to attending the awards ceremony in Cork, Ireland in September will be deemed to have accepted a shortlist position. The Munster Literature Centre will pay for hotel and economy travel expenses of shortlisted authors. Shortlisted authors will also be offered a reading fee if they agree to read at the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival.

How will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced at the closing event of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival in Cork, Ireland in September.

 

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For information on past winners and the Frank O'Connor Festival, please visit the festival pages found on the drop down menu.

 

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Further Information

FOC 2008

Festival In the News

In the Irish Times

In the Guardian

Shortlist in the Guardian (United Kingdom)

2008 FOC Winner: Lahiri Links

Interview inThe Atlantic (US periodical)

New York Times review

The Arts Show RTE1 Irish national radio

18 minute radio broadcast on US NPR

FOC Brochure

 

Irish Times ad

 

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