Debuts in line for Frank O'Connor award

<p>Debut writers dominate the shortlist for the 2009 Frank O&#39;Connor award for a collection of short stories, reports the Guardian, with four of the six shortlisted authors nominated for debut collections.</p><p>Debut writers on the list are the Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah, for <em>An Elegy for Easterly</em>; the US author Wells Tower for <em>Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned</em>; Malaysian Shih-Li Kow for <em>Ripples and Other Stories</em>; and Simon Van Booy for<em> Love Begins in Winte</em>r.</p><p>The four are joined&nbsp; on the list for the &pound;30,000 award by Philip O Ceallaigh for his second collection of short stories, <em>The Pleasant Light of Day</em>, and Charlotte Grimshaw, nominated for <em>Singularity</em>, who the Guardian reports is something of a veteran in this context, with two novels and a previous collection of short stories to her name.</p><p>The 2009 winner is due to be announced on 20th September 2009.<br /><br /><br /></p>