Comma's Constantine wins Frank O'Connor award

David Constantine has become the first ever English writer to win the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

The award gives the winning writer €25,000, the biggest prize for a short story in the world.

Constantine's Tea at the Midland (Comma Press) was selected from a shortlist of six other collections by writers including Deborah Levy and Joyce Carol Oates.

He will collect his award at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September.

This is the ninth time the competition has been held, with previous winners including Haruki Murakami, Edna O'Brien and Nathan Englander. It is organised by the Munster Literature Centre and Cork City Council, along with University College Cork.

Constantine's title story, Tea at the Midland, won the 2010 BBC National Short Story Award. Constantine has published several collections of short stories and poetry, as well as translating German works.