Laura van den Berg is on a roll! It was announced on Friday that van den Berg has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize—right on the heels of receiving the The Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Letters. Her fellow shortlisters are Lorrie Moore (Bark), A.L. Kennedy (All the Rage), Phil Klay (Redeployment), Colin Barrett (Young Skin), and Ben Marcus (Leaving the Sea). Stiff competition, sure, but the fact that van den Berg was shortlisted for this award for her first collection, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, gives us a little confidence boost.
More about the award:
The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award is an annual award of €25,000 and is currently the world’s richest prize for a short story collection. The award is in memory of the late Frank O’Connor, one of the world’s most renowned short story writers. The winner will be announced in early July and the award, organized by the Munster Literature Centre and funded by Cork City Council, will be presented in O’Connor’s hometown of Cork, Ireland, at the end of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival.