The short story collections on the twenty-strong long list for the 2015 Edge Hill Short Story Prize display an eclectic mix of the established and the new, both in terms of authors and publishers of short fiction. Authors on the list include Hilary Mantel, Rose Tremain and AL Kennedy. Major publishers Jonathan Cape, Chatto & Windus, Faber & Faber and FourthEstate each have a book on the long list, while Salt and Parthian both have several.
There are some fantastic collection titles, many of them by women writers: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel, The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies, and Above Sugar Hill by newcomer Linda Mannheim.
Here at Liberties we are very happy to note that our own collection, SaltWater by Lane Ashfeldt, is among the long listed titles. The book is wide-ranging, with the stories taking place in coastal settings, spanning from Cork in 1918 to the east coast of north America in 2018. It makes a strong addition to our growing short fiction list which also includes collections by Benedict Kiely and John Montague
Besides our own long listed book, there are a number of strong contenders for the Edge Hill Prize. Two from Arlen House: Deirdre Brennan’s Staying Thin for Daddy, and Órfhlaith Foyle’s Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin. From Doire Press there is Madeleine D’Arcy’s Waiting for the Bullet, from Honest Publishing Aiden O’Reilly’s Greetings, Hero, and from New Island, Life Here Below by Michael J. Farrell. A previous high profile winner of the Edge Hill prize was Kevin Barry in 2013, for his highly acclaimed collection Dark Lies The Island. The Edge Hill Prize shortlist will be announced in May, and the winning book later in the year.