The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Edge Hill Winners and Frank O’Connor shortlist

It was a win for the TV writers at the 2010 Edge Hill Short Story Prize ceremony this year: Jeremy Dyson, co-creator of The League of Gentlemen, scooped the main £5000 prize for his short story collection, The Cranes that Build the Cranes. The press release said this about the collection:

“Brimming with black humour and the promise of something sinister just around the corner, the collection explores the dark depths of the human condition, offering tales of death, disaster and – just occasionally – redemption, which captured the imagination of the judges”

 Congratulations to Jeremy, who said:

“…if you have it in your heart then write short stories and make sure you get them out there, enter competitions, send to magazines and make sure people read them….I’d just like to thank Edge Hill for running this award, it is hugely important and highlights that the short story is publishable and it is popular. It is the oldest form of writing and I hope that people recognise and celebrate this.”

 The Short Review echoes that! And congrats too to Short Review author Rob Shearman – well-known as a writer for Doctor Who – whose new collection, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, won the inaugural £1000 Readers’ Prize, judged by A Level students from the North West. Said Shearman:

“To win the Readers’ Prize means so much to me because it raises the profile of what the short story is all about – it is readable and fun and builds a complete world. Knowing that my collection appealed to the younger generation is also thrilling because they are the writers of our tomorrow.”

And, in an exciting week for short story collections, the shortlist for the 2010 Cork City – Frank O’Connor Short Story Award has just been announced:

1. If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This (Picador UK, 2010) by Robin Black (review coming soon)

2. Mattaponi Queen (Graywolf Press, 2010) by Belle Boggs

3.Wild Child (Bloomsbury, 2010) by TC Boyle

4.The Shieling (Comma Press, 2009) by David Constantine (read our review here)

5.Burning Bright (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ron Rash

6. What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009) by Laura van den Berg (read our review here)

The winner of the €35,000 award will be announced at the Frank O’Connor Short Story Festival in mid-September. Congratulations and best of luck to all!

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