Evenly divided between women and men, this year's Frank O'Connor Prize shortlist consists of one Scottish, one Irish, and four American authors. Announced in July, the winner will receive €25,000.
- Colin Barrett, Young Skins
- A.L. Kennedy, All the Rage
- Phil Klay, Redeployment
- Ben Marcus, Leaving the Sea
- Lorrie Moore, Bark
- Laura van den Berg, The Isle of Youth
Among previous winners are Yiyun Li, Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, Miranda July, Edna O'Brien, Ron Rash, and Nathan Englander. Last year's surprise winner was David Constantine for Tea at the Midland.