Carys Davies wins Frank O'Connor Short Story Award
THE Redemption of Galen Pike by Welsh writer Carys Davies has won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2015.
The €25,000 award is the single most lucrative prize in the world for a collection of short stories and is named after the writer whom WB Yeats described as `the Irish Chekhov'.
The Redemption of Galen Pike (Salt Publishing) is the second short story collection from Lancashire-based author Carys Davies.
"The Redemption of Galen Pike is a truly original and striking collection, full of funny, keenly observed stories replete with twists and turns that surprise," said judge Eabhear Walshe, an Irish novelist and director of Creative Writing at the School of English, University College Cork.
The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is co-sponsored by Cork City Council and by The School of English, University College Cork. The award has been hugely influential in raising the profile and esteem of the short story form in recent years and previous winners have included Haruki Murakami, Edna O'Brien, Ron Rash and Yiyun Li
The 2015 award will be presented to Carys Davies in September at the closing of the Cork International Short Story Festival, the world's oldest annual short story festival.
The international jury for the award consists of American novelist Ladette Randolph, British novelist Clive Sinclair and Eabhear Walshe.