Today they announced the shortlist for the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award:

  • Tea at the Midland and Other Stories, by David Constantine
  • Siege 13, by Tamas Dobozy
  • Black Vodka, by Deborah Levy
  • Black Dahlia & White Rose, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • We’re Flying, by Peter Stamm
  • Battleborn, by Claire Vaye Watkins

The winner will be announced sometime during the first week of July.

On first glance, this is an exciting list. I have read some of Black Vodka and We’re Flying, and I’m enjoying both (Levy was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize last year and Stamm was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize this year), and Battleborn recently won The Short Story Prize (I still haven’t gotten my hands on a copy, but from what I’ve seen this is right up my alley). Siege 13 got a nice write-up in The New Yorker this week. That leaves Tea at the Midland and Black Dahlia & White Rose, both of which I know nothing about, though perhaps a few of the stories in the Joyce Carol Oates collection were originally published in The New Yorker, which means I have read a few.

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