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Englander wins Frank O'Connor Award
09.07.12 | Joshua Farrington
Author Nathan Englander has been announced as the winner of the world's most valuable short story prize, recently revealed to be in jeopardy.
Englander won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award with his collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). He will pick up €25,000 from the award’s founders, the Munster Literature Centre, with the prize money funded by Cork City Council.
However, earlier this month, Pat Cotter, director of the Munster Literature Centre, told the Irish Times that the future of the lucrative prize was uncertain.
He said: “Cork City Council can give no guarantees that the award will survive [beyond this year]. We are all living in a time of uncertainty about everything. It’s not that the council is threatening to withdraw funding, it is just that it is as uncertain as we are. The prize has certainly justified itself.”
Englander’s collection beat off 77 other submissions from around the world to take the prize, and was praised by judges for its “austere, contemporary idiom applied to ancient ethnic themes”.
He will collect the award at The Cork International Short Story Festival, held in the Irish city in September.