Debuts storm Frank O'Connor prize

Three debuts have triumphed over established names such as Helen Simpson, Louis de Berni&egrave;res and Patrick Gale for the shortlist for the E35,000 Frank O&rsquo;Connor Short Story Award, with only one UK author making the list.<br />&nbsp;<br />Five American authors: Robin Black, Belle Boggs, T C Boyle, Ron Rash and Laura van den Berg are in the running, with Oxford&rsquo;s David Constantine nominated for his collection The Shieling (Comma Press). Black, Boggs and van den Berg&#39;s collections are their first; half of the list also comes from<br />independent publishers.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Frank O&#39;Connor Prize is the richest prize for the form, and is sponsored by Cork City Council. It is awarded to the best new collection of the year, with this uear\s winner announced in September.<br />&nbsp;<br /><em>If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This </em>by Robin Black (Picador)<br /><em>Mattaponi Queen</em> by Belle Boggs (Graywolf Press)<br /><em>Wild Child</em> by TC Boyle (Bloomsbury)<br /><em>The Shieling</em> by David Constantine (Comma Press)<br /><em>Burning Bright</em> by Ron Rash (HarperCollins)<br /><em>What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us</em>&nbsp; by Laura van den Berg (Dzanc Books)