Carys Davies makes Frank O'Connor shortlist

Carys Davies makes Frank O'Connor shortlist

A Welsh author is among six writers shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015.

Carys Davies' The Redemption of Galen Pike (Salt Publishing) is in the running for the €25,000 award, which is the single most lucrative in the world for a collection of short stories.

Also on the shortlist is Kirsty Gunn, who is a New Zealander living in Britain. She is shortlisted for Infidelities, published by Faber.

Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra makes the list for My Documents (Fitzcarraldo Editions UK).

The shortlisted is completed by American writers Karen E Bender for Refund (Counterpoint Press US); Tony Earle for Mr Tall (Little Brown US); and Thomas McGuane for Crow Fair (Knopf US).

The jury for the award consists of American novelist Ladette Randolph, who ss also editor-in-chief of Ploughshares; British novelist Clive Sinclair; and Eibhear Walshe, Irish novelist and director of creative writing at the School of English, University College Cork.

Award director Patrick Cotter, artistic director of the Munster Literature Centre, selects the jury and acts as non-voting chairman.

Cotter said: “Every year we receive more and more entries. It is striking to note that we have three titles this year from small independent presses. It demonstrates that the dissemination of good writing is vital at a grass roots level; that multi-national conglomerates don’t have a monopoly on major talent.”

Sinclair said “Short in length, but long in reach, these stories echo way beyond their starting points in - say - Nashville, Chile or Montana. They reached the shortlist not because they spoke the loudest, but because the words that made them managed to be both particular and universal.”

Jennifer Hamilton-Emery of Salt Publishing said: “We were completely bowled over when we heard the news that Carys Davies' book, The Redemption of Galen Pike, had been shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor prize. It is, without doubt, the world's most prestigious prize for short stories and to have a book placed up there with the best collections internationally is something we've dreamt of for many years. We are delighted for Carys, it is a fantastic achievement, and delighted too that her book has received such recognition.”

The award is co-sponsored by Cork City Council and by The School of English, University College Cork.

The winner will be announced in early July and the award presented at the closing of the Cork International Short Story Festival, which takes place from 23rd to 26th September.

Last year’s winner wsa Colin Barrett, the Irish author of the collection Young Skins (Jonathan Cape).