Category: Literary Prizes

  • Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize image of tag icon

    The shortlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize is out, and they did much better at creating a shortlist than last year, when the Jhumpa Lahiri coup took down the prize. An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe) Singularity by Charlotte Grimshaw (New Zealand) Ripples and other Stories by Shih-Li Kow (Malaysia) […]

    June 29, 2009

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  • Frank O’Connor Short Story Award Longlist image of tag icon

    The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Longlist was announced last week, but it’s only a list of all eligible collections, not whittled down from a larger body of contenders. Really, it’s less of an honor for those nominated than a PR move. Of course, the leadership of the prize hardly follows convention, especially when […]

    May 17, 2009

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  • Story Prize Finalists image of tag icon

      Out of a field of 73 books, the Story Prize has announced its finalists for 2008: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Alfred A. Knopf) Demons in the Spring by Joe Meno (Akashic Books) Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff (Alfred A. Knopf) I am surprised by the Joe Meno nomination, but also delighted because […]

    January 8, 2009

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  • VQR Review Winner image of tag icon

    VQR just announced the winner of its review contest, in which reviewers under 30 submitted a review of a book published in 2008. Congrats to Emily Wilkinson, for her review of “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective” by Kate Summerscale. And, I might add, she […]

    November 4, 2008

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  • Jean-Marie Gustav Le Clezio Wins 2008 Nobel Prize image of tag icon

    The French writer Jean-Marie Gutav Le Clezio just won the 2008 Nobel prize for Literature. He was eleventh on the list of betting sites, offering 14/1 odds, just between Inger Christensen and Michael Ondaatje. He’s published thirty-odd books, a few of which have been translated into English. Many people identify two distinct periods in his […]

    October 9, 2008

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  • Betting on the Nobel Prize image of tag icon

    Nothing could be more foolish than betting on the Nobel. At least with the National Book Award and the Man Booker you have a shortlist to choose from. With the Nobel, it’s anyone’s guess. Besides, I’ve lost plenty of money betting on the stock market, which these days might be even more foolish than betting […]

    October 6, 2008

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  • Roundup: James Wood image of tag icon

    Poets and Writers has a searchable archive of contests, including a function where you can find fee-free ones. (like Greensboro Review) Book Reviewers, not to be outdone by the hundreds of fiction contests, now have their own contest. Virginia Quarterly Review wants the best review of a book published in 2008 by writers under thirty. […]

    August 5, 2008

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  • Jhumpa Lahiri takes Frank OConnor International Short Story Award image of tag icon

    Jhumpa Lahiri took the Frank OConnor International Short Story Award outright, bypassing a shortlist. The longlisted authors surely must feel some disappointment that not even a shortlist was announced, because shortlisting can help boost the profile of a short story writer and increase sales. Apparently the judges were so certain they did not want to […]

    July 7, 2008

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  • Million Writers Award: Top Online Stories image of tag icon

    storySouth has announced its shortlist of online short stories for the Million Writers Award. It’s a very egalitarian selection, with no journal represented twice, and you can read all the stories to vote for your favorite.

    June 17, 2008

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  • Frank O’Connor Short Story Award image of tag icon

    The 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the heftiest cash prize in the literary world for the short form (35,000 euros), has announced its longlist. Thirty-nine authors from around the globe are nominated. Only one Canadian was up (no, it wasn’t Alice Munro) as opposed to fourteen British writers (!). But the nice thing […]

    May 6, 2008

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