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I hail anyone who enters the Fish Prize . . . It is difficult to create from dust. I know that the best stories are those that are still untold- so keep writing, keep creating, keep the faith
– Colum McCann –

Writing Contests

 Short Story  -  Flash Fiction
Short Memoir  -  Poetry
 10 from each published in The Fish Anthology

Editorial Services

 Honest and constructive
feedback to writers of all genres.

Writing Courses Online

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And other Fish Publications

Writing Contests

Short Story Contest

OPEN until 30 Nov ‘16
€5,000 in Prizes + Publication

Judge: Neel Mukherjee
Word limit: 5,000

Flash Fiction Contest

OPEN until 28th Feb ’17
Prizes + Publication

Judge: To be announced
Word limit: 300

Poetry Contest

OPEN until 31 March ’17
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Jo Shapcott
Word limit: 300

Short Memoir Contest

OPEN until 31 Jan ’17
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Horatio Clare
Word limit: 4,000

Young-Adult Novel Contest

CLOSED

Editorial Services

assistance to writers and poets

Critique Service is for:

  • Short Stories (max 5,000 words)
  • Short Memoirs (max 4,000 words)
  • Flash Fiction (max 500 words)
  • Poems (max 300 words)

Editorial Consultancy is for:

  • Novels
  • Collections of short stories or poems
  • Memoirs

Mentoring Service is for:

  • Writers who require on-going support and direction.

Screenwriting Consultancy is for:

  • Film Scripts
  • TV Writing

 

Still not sure which of the Editorial Services is for you?   Email: info@fishpublishing.com 

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Writing Courses

Short Story Writing Course

10 modules designed to hone your writing skills within this exciting genre. This is an online course to be completed within 5 months. When you have enrolled on the course . . .

Flash Fiction Writing Course

A series of lively and stimulating lessons online. All aspects of writing flash fiction will be explored, from sourcing material to shaping and producing a publishable work.

Memoir Writing Course

This tailored one-to-one course will guide and develop an ability to write from personal experience with literary purpose.

Poetry Writing Course

Each word has a little music of its own, which poetry rearranges so it can be heard. Delve deep into these arrangements, exploring poetic tools – symbolism, repetition, figurative speech, persona . . .

Screenwriting Course

Professional screenwriter and experienced screenwriting teacher, Rory Kilalea, is on hand to help develop your technique from an objective view point with an injection of inspiration and vigour.

Fish Books

Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco

Sunrise Sunset

€12  (incl. p&p)   Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco Surreal, sad, zany, funny, Tina Pisco’s stories are drawn from gritty experience as much as the swirling clouds of the imagination.  An astute, empathetic, sometimes savage observer, she brings her characters to life. They dance themselves onto the pages, and waltz around your mind long after […]


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Fish Anthology 2016

The practitioners of the art of brevity and super-brevity whose work is in this book have mastered the skills and distilled and double-distilled their work like the finest whiskey.


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Fish Anthology 2015

Fish Anthology 2015

How do we transform personal experience of pain into literature? How do we create and then chisel away at those images of others, of loss, of suffering, of unspeakable helplessness so that they become works of art that aim for a shared humanity? The pieces selected here seem to prompt all these questions and the best of them offer some great answers.
– Carmen Bugan.


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Fish Anthology 2014

Fish Anthology 2014

What a high standard all round – of craft, imagination and originality: and what a wide range of feeling and vision.
Ruth Padel

I was struck by how funny many of the stories are, several of them joyously so – they are madcap and eccentric and great fun. Others – despite restrained and elegant prose – managed to be devastating. All of them are the work of writers with talent.
Claire Kilroy


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Fish Anthology 2013

Fish Anthology 2013

The writing comes first, the bottom line comes last. And sandwiched between is an eye for the innovative, the inventive and the extraordinary.


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Fish Anthology 2012

A new collection from around the globe: innovative, exciting, invigorating work from the writers and poets who will be making waves for some time to come. David Mitchell, Michael Collins, David Shields and Billy Collins selected the stories, flash fiction, memoirs and poems in this anthology.


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Fish Anthology 2011

Reading the one page stories I was a little dazzled, and disappointed that I couldn’t give the prize to everybody. It’s such a tight format, every word must count, every punctuation mark. ‘The Long Wet Grass’ is a masterly bit of story telling … I still can’t get it out of my mind.
– Chris Stewart


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Fish Anthology 2010

The perfectly achieved story transcends the limitations of space with profundity and insight. What I look for in fiction, of whatever length, is authenticity and intensity of feeling. I demand to be moved, to be transported, to be introduced into other lives. The stories I have selected for this anthology have managed this. – Ronan Bennett, Short Story Judge.


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Fish Anthology 2009

Fish Anthology 2009 – Ten Pint Ted

I sing those who are published here – they have done a very fine job. It is difficult to create from dust, which is what writers do. It is an honour to have read your work. – Colum McCann


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Fish Anthology 2008 – Harlem River Blues

The entries into this year’s Fish Short Story Prize were universally strong. From these the judges have selected winners, we believe, of exceptional virtue. – Carlo Gebler


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Fish Anthology 2007

Fish Anthology 2007

I was amazed and delighted at the range and quality of these stories. Every one of them was interesting, well-written, beautifully crafted and, as a short-story must, every one of them focused my attention on that very curtailed tableau which a short-story necessarily sets before us. – Michael Collins


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Fish Anthology 2006 – Grandmother, Girl, Wolf and Other Stories

These stories voice all that is vibrant about the form. – Gerard Donovan. Very short stories pack a poetic punch. Each of these holds its own surprise, or two. Dive into these seemingly small worlds. You’ll come up anew. – Angela Jane Fountas


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All the King’s Horses – Anthology of Historical Short Stories

Each of the pieces here has been chosen for its excellence. They are a delightfully varied assortment. More than usual for an anthology, this is a compendium of all the different ways that fiction can succeed. I invite you to turn to ‘All the King’s Horses’. The past is here. Begin.
– Michel Faber


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Fish Anthology 2005 – The Mountains of Mars and Other Stories

Literary anthologies, especially of new work, act as a kind of indicator to a society’s concerns. This Short Story collection, such a sharp and useful enterprise, goes beyond that. Its internationality demonstrates how our concerns are held in common across the globe. – Frank Delaney


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Fish Anthology 2004 – Spoonface and Other Stories

From the daily routine of a career in ‘Spoonface’, to the powerful, recurring image of a freezer in ‘Shadow Lives’. It was the remarkable focus on the ordinary that made these Fish short stories such a pleasure to read. – Hugo Hamilton


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Feathers & Cigarettes

In a world where twenty screens of bullshit seem to be revolving without respite … there is nothing that can surpass the ‘explosion of art’ and its obstinate insistence on making sense of things. These dedicated scribes, as though some secret society, heroically, humbly, are espousing a noble cause.
– Pat McCabe


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Franklin’s Grace

It’s supposed to be a short form, the good story, but it has about it a largeness I love. There is something to admire in all these tales, these strange, insistent invention. They take place in a rich and satisfying mixture of places, countries of the mind and heart. – Christopher Hope


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Asylum 1928

There are fine stories in this new anthology, some small and intimate, some reaching out through the personal for a wider, more universal perspective, wishing to tell a story – grand, simple, complex or everyday, wishing to engage you the reader. – Kate O’Riodan


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Five O'Clock Shadow and Other Stories

Five O’Clock Shadow

I feel like issuing a health warning with this Fish Anthology ­ these stories may seriously damage your outlook – Here the writers view the world in their unique way, and have the imagination, talent, and the courage to refine it into that most surprising of all art forms ­ the short story. – Clem Cairns.


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From the Bering Strait

Every story in this book makes its own original way in the world. knowing which are the telling moments, and showing them to us. And as the narrator of the winning story casually remarks, ‘Sometimes its the small things that amaze me’ – Molly McCloskey


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Scrap Magic

The stories here possess the difference, the quirkiness and the spark. They follow their own road and their own ideas their own way. It is a valuable quality which makes this collection a varied one. Read it, I hope you say to yourself like I did on many occasions, ‘That’s deadly. How did they think of that?’ – Eamonn Sweeney


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Dog Day

Really good short stories like these, don’t read like they were written. They read like they simply grew on the page. – Joseph O’Connor


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The Stranger

The writers in this collection can write short stories . . . their quality is the only thing they have in common. – Roddy Doyle


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The Fish Garden

This is the first volume of short stories from Ireland’s newest publishing house. We are proud that fish has enabled 15 budding new writers be published in this anthology, and I look forward to seeing many of them in print again.


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12-mile

12 Miles Out – a novel by Nick Wright

12 Miles Out was selected by David Mitchell as the winner of the Fish Unpublished Novel Award.
A love story, thriller and historical novel; funny and sad, uplifting and enlightening.


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altergeist

Altergeist – a novel by Tim Booth

You only know who you can’t trust. You can’t trust the law, because there’s none in New Ireland. You can’t trust the Church, because they think they’re the law. And you can’t trust the State, because they think they’re the Church And most of all, you can’t trust your friends, because you can’t remember who they were anymore.


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Small City Blues numbers 1 to 51 – a novel by Martin Kelleher

A memoir of urban life, chronicled through its central character, Mackey. From momentary reflections to stories about his break with childhood and adolescence, the early introduction to the Big World, the discovery of romance and then love, the powerlessness of ordinary people, the weaknesses that end in disappointment and the strengths that help them seek redemption and belonging.


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The Woman Who Swallowed the Book of Kells – Collection of Short Stories by Ian Wild

Ian Wild’s stories mix Monty Python with Hammer Horror, and the Beatles with Shakespeare, but his anarchic style and sense of humour remain very much his own in this collection of tall tales from another planet. Where else would you find vengeful organs, the inside story of Eleanor Rigby, mobile moustaches, and Vikings looting a Cork City branch of Abracababra?


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News & Articles

Poetry Contest 2016 WINNERS

10th May 2016
Comments from judge, Dave Lordan Winner: Death of a Refugee by Ciaran O’Rourke (Dublin, Ireland) “Shocking, visceral, rhythmic, righteous, unforgettable – dark music our age needs to hear. Impressive.”   Second: Can I Speak to You For a Second? by Sarah Byrne (Cork, Ireland) “Poets tend to shy away from labour issues, but not this […]

Poetry Contest 2016 SHORTLIST

10th May 2016
POEM TITLE POETS Go well, stay well Angus Walker Other continents benjamin weinberg Hoping Cáit R Doherty-Coogan For God’s Sake Charles Evans Jackdaws Charlie Gracie OPEN HOUSE Chris Hardy Death of a Refugee Ciaran O’Rourke See below for details D.G. Geis Sunday morning in Kigali Deborah Livingstone Remnants Deirdre Daly Cache Dermot O’Lynn What Our […]

Poetry Contest 2016 LONGLIST

10th May 2016
POEM TITLE POETS Darwin’s Garden   Sense Memories: Ohio, Summer   For a Catfish (after Fukushima)   Ave Maria Abigail Warren Go well, stay well Angus Walker Other continents benjamin weinberg She Bee He Fly bern butler Lumbering Bernadette Crawford Novus Ordo Seclorum Bjel Bakker Poor Little Rich Girl Bjel Bakker Gold field Brian Mostoller […]

Flash Fiction Contest 2016 WINNERS

9th May 2016
Winners Flash Fiction Prize 2016 I’m so happy to have had a chance to read all these great stories. I am delighted for these ten writers who really get what flash is and what it is supposed to achieve.Nuala O’Connor – FIRSTThe Young Brown Bear by Julie Netherton The writer has given a deceptively ordinary title to what […]

Flash Fiction Contest 2016 SHORTLIST

9th May 2016
Story Title Author Plans Adam Soto Gorilla Trek Amy Percy Gin on Rye Andrea Simenstad I Don’t Like Rice Beryl Brown David Bowie Evil Star Bjel Bakker Ze Arigo’s Knife Bjel Bakker Affluent Carly Roberts How it Went Charlie Rolfe Candlelight christina Sanders Ghost Tour Christopher Allen The Phone Call Clayton O’Driscoll A Little Diversion […]

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