Welcome to the Cork International Short Story Festival blog

…formerly the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival.

Taking place from September 14th – 18th, 2011, in the Hotel Metropole, Cork, the festival will feature an exciting programme of readings, public Interviews, seminars, walking tours, the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

For those of you new to the festival, The Frank O’Connor award is for 35,000 euro for an entire short story collection and the Sean O’Faolain award is for a single short story, awarding publication in the Southword journal and a sum of around 1500 euro. Both awards celebrate this often overlooked genre, rejoicing in the very the best of Irish and international contemporary short story writers.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be interviewing some of the shortlisted writers and festival organisers, updating you with the latest news and information, as well as introducing you to some of my personal festival highlights. When the festival begins, I’ll be there, bringing you coverage of as many events as I can physically attend.

If you use twitter, you can follow my live coverage by following me @ERMurray – or by following the #corkshortstory hashtag. You can also find out more information by liking the Facebook page or visiting the official website. View the full festival brochure here.


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3 responses to “Welcome to the Cork International Short Story Festival blog

  1. Sonya Matthews

    Hi. Is it too late for submissions?

  2. Thomas Turner

    Who are the finalists? (referred to in your email’s message line)

  3. Hi Thomas,

    Women writers dominate the shortlist for World’s largest Short Story Award in its seventh year, (€35,000). The six shortlisted books are:

    1. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li (Beijing-born, American Resident)
    2. Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod (Canadian debutante)
    3. Saints and Sinners by Edna O’Brien (Irish)
    4. Death is Not an Option by Suzanne Rivecca (American Debutante)
    5. The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín (Irish)
    6. Marry or Burn by Valerie Trueblood (American)

    You can read more about the Award here:

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