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Frank O'Connor Short Story Festival



Introduced in the year 2000, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival takes place in Cork, Ireland.  It is the longest established annual festival dedicated to the short story form in an English-speaking country and celebrates the genius of Frank O'Connor and the literary form which made him famous. Cork is the home also of Elizabeth Bowen, Seán Ó Faoláin and William Trevor and our association with world class short story authors is something we are very proud of.

Short story writers who have contributed in the past include: Richard Ford, Julia Ó Faoláin, James Lasdun, Alasdair Gray, Dan Rhodes, Eugene McCabe, Bernard MacLaverty, Desmond Hogan, James Plunkett, Ludmila Ulitskaya, Rebecca Miller, Anne Enright, Mike McCormick, Etgar Keret, Eilis Ní Dhuibhne, Cónal Creedon, Samrat Upadhyay, Philip Ó Ceallaigh, Rachel Sherman, David Marcus, Panos Karnezis, Nisha da Cunha, William Wall, Bret Anthony Johnston, David Means, Claire Keegan, Miranda July, Rick Moody, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, Simon Van Booy, Wells Tower, Charlotte Grimshaw, Kevin Barry and many others.

The Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, presented at the end of the festival, is an annual award of €35,000 and is currently the world's richest prize for the short story form. The award was established 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 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 September of one year and August of the next. If a translated book wins, the purse is shared equally between the author and translator. 



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