Swansea University creative writer Georgia Carys Williams has been long-listed for a prestigious international prize, joining a lineā€“up which includes such literary stars as Margaret Atwood and Paul Theroux.

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Creative WritingFollowing the recent successes of Rebecca John (finalist in the Sunday Times short fiction award) and Natalie Holborow (winner, Terry Hetherington prize)  Georgia has made it three in a row for Swansea by being long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.

The 25,000-euro Frank O’Connor award is based in Cork and is named after the Irish city’s best-known literary figure, a man once praised by W.B.Yeats as “doing for Ireland what Chekhov did for Russia”.

Swansea-born Georgia studied for her BA and MA in Creative Writing at Swansea University, and is currently working on her PhD under the supervision of Professor Stevie Davies.

The prize is presented at the Cork Literary Festival in September and attracts entries from all over the world. Georgia’s nomination is for her debut short-story collection Second-Hand Rain, published by Swansea-University based Parthian Press.

Second-hand Rain has been much praised since its release. Stevie Davies, described it as: ‘Intricate, touching and astonishingly imaginative...’  while Jon Gower wrote:Edgy and dark, psychologically needling and vigorously inventive, Second-hand Rain marks the arrival of a singular voice in fiction.’

The Frank O’Connor prize is run by the Munster Literature Centre in association with University College Cork.

Second-hand Rain has also been long-listed for an Edge Hill award and short-listed for the Saboteur Prize.