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LONGLIST Fish Short Memoir Prize 2013

235 memoirs longlisted
(810 memoirs submitted in total)

The Remorse of Heroes AE Devlin
Measuring Up Aileen Hunt
ADAM BURN Alan McCormick
The Sea-Bright Child Alison Walker
The Fraud Allison Doyle
Lapsed amy klein
Origins Andrea Rosenhaft
World Without End Angela Finn
Ripples Angela Wray
The Last Ace Anne Wright
The Innocents Annie Kilmartin
Fire! Art Lester
TREACLE & ME Art Rogers
LAST DAY ON EARTH – MEMORIES OF MY FATHER Barb Hunt
APPLES IN THE CELLAR OF DREAD AND DESIRE Barbara Knott
The Scarlet Dictionary Barbara Lorna Hudson
Knowing Heinrich Barbara Mogerley
When Grocer Jack Turned Pirate Bea Davenport
Have you got a boyfriend? Beata Anna Fijalkowska
The System Bella Kemble
A Trick On Daddy Bernardino Marcelo
A Memorable Holiday – A King, Cads and Curls Beryl Trebble
Moments Beth Grosart
Misty Memoires Bette Guy
The Red Dress Bo Niles
The Gift Bo Niles
The Death Of Ace Brad Geyer
My great grandfather and the story of the Nine Irons Breda Joyce
My Father Bruce Stirling
Julie Carolyn Pearce
North Cliff Cassandra Keen
Tasting Brick Cassandra Keen
Ruins cecile berberat
Some Stories Need Straight Telling Chandra Masoliver
Cynic Chris RB Fay
Perfect Christine Hale
I TOLD YOU SO, I TOLD YOU SO CHRISTINE WEST
Space – Time claire hernandez
Hugs Clare Doran
Serenade in Squalls Courtney Zoffness
There Are Spiders Inside Cynthia Hyde
The Brightest Star Cynthia Kane
Tiffany 34 Daisy-Mae Perkins
My Thing: A Year in Psychosis Daniel Julian
LEAVING THE CITY BEHIND Daphne Sola
Arty and the train David David
A drop of peace David Lynch
Whistling round the town deborah murrish
The Mermaid. deborah murrish
To Be Honest Declan Hurley
Mum in Memory Denise Blake
A Meditation on the Existential Threat of Violence Brought Home Dermot O’Lynn
How We Each See It Diane Dolphin
Moving on. Dolores McCloskey
An Indian Woman’s Hair Donna Ward
Caribbean time Dordi Andersen
Tarantulas, Southern Comfort, a Place to Shut My Eyes Dorene O’Brien
JUMPY JEWISH FEMALE SEEKS… DORIS FERLEGER
Feral Dwayne Magee
Mr. Bailey E. L. Harris
What It Is Like In Words e.g. Jönsson
A DAY OUT Edra Ziesk
The Rim. Edward Smothers
Santa Fe Stories Eileen Cunniffe
Ashes Elisabeth Winkler
Parking Lot Ellen Ezorsky
No One Plays Boxing Emily Bullock
THE AUCTION Eoin Devereux
When a Heart has no Ears Erin Altrama
Storykeepers Erin Byrne
Any Man’s Child Euan Stuart
The Ringmaster and the Tattooed Girl Eufemia Fantetti
Golfball in the Sun Federay Holmes
Sister Awake! Fiona Ross
The Typewriter Fionnuala Enright
BLOOD SUCKERS Frances Kenny
The Black Suit Frank O’Shea
The Playground gabi burman
Knowing Gabi MacEwan
First Day Gail Anderson
Payne Whitney, NYC 1972 Gail Waldstein
There But For The Grace gavin vance
Home Gaylene Carbis
Tremor ’71 Geraldine Creed
When They’re Laughing at You Gererdene Gibbons
Season Of The Witch Gillian Haigh
Summer in amongst long grasses Gina Challen
All Hat & No Cattle Hazel Larkin
How To Leave Your Husband (When You Know You Should) Hazel Larkin
advanced systems… Helen Geoghegan
The Trouble with Lying Is … Honor Somerset
Silence Hugh Kiernan
In for the ride Ilaria Mirabile
Knock on Effects of Dad’s Wisdom Iris Woodford
Leon James Mulkerns
‘Some brightness to hold in trust’ Jane Buekett
a slice of me in ’63 Jane Fraser
Road Scholars Jane Guill
Watching Lucy In the Fall Jane Harrington
NO DECENT GIRL JANE HAYWARD
Dandelions Jane Norris
Late but not too late Jane Seaford
A Life of Contrasts Janette Coombes
Voice jeanne moore
Unfathomable Jenny Godbeer
Mzungu on the Rebel Road Jesse Thornburg
Dumb-Dumb’s Revenge Jim Brennan
Seas Joan Kerr
Rowton House and the Easter CND Rally Johnny Carr
Cooper Jones Irwin
The Working Life Of A Headcase Jordan Adams
Gypsies and Tramps Judi Blaze
Full Circle Judith OConnor
World Views Judith OConnor
Every Picture Tells a Story judith pickle
Between Conflict and Desire: A Woman Now Julie Fisher
Spinifex Baby karen dermer
The Fighter of Notthinghill Gate karen hunt
My Father, the Magician Katherine Palmer
I BUILD A DREAM Kathleen June
Belated Urgency Kathleen Langstroth
Postcards from the Replacement Bus Kati Bumbera
First Cut Ken Tracey
Velvet Kieran Bates
The View From Under the Table Kristin Gleeson
Hello, Goodbye Kristina Branch
If you gave me your life I would lose it Kristine Rothbury
Letters From Paradise kristine simelda
Jack Laura Creber
The Story About The Cat Laura Fanning
Six Secrets Lee MURRAY
Hide on Holly Leonard McDonnell
Four and Three Quarters Lesley Quayle
My Turn Lily White
Doctors Linda Boroff
The Right to Bear Arms Linda Cutting
Detention Lori Schafer
Ashore Luellen Fletcher
SUITED luft man
The Summer of Bicycles and Rickshaws Makarand Nalgirkar
LOVE OUTLASTS MEMORY Mal King
Lessons Learned mandarama
Birth Margaret Grundstein
Anointed Margo Barnes
Memory Pocket Mariad Whisker
Game Plan Marie Curran
Boston Tattoo Marie Gethins
Planespotting by the Castle Mark Blackburn
A Lifetime in One Day Mark Brom
The Spirit of the Stones Martin Cromie
Memoir of an Unknown Man Martin Leyland
Blue Fins Martin Raim
The Census Mary Ann Williams
The Pink Door Mary Halpin
Zappatos y Regalos Mary Reed
Tea Leaves Maude Dunn
Luscus Maureen Boyle
Beaten path Melanie Veenstra
Surprise Mia Doring
And Johnny Ray Cried michael collins
A Term at St Hughes Michael Coutts
Not My Life Michael Li Cha Zi
Two Beer Drive Michele Lovell
Once More With Feeling michelle brock
Some Kind of Magic Mike Carson
Just One of the Guys Mike Gadell
An Adoption Tale Misty Mathis
Leaving Mo Kermode
Cape Cod, God, and a Minivan Moshe Schulman
Names Nan Pokerwinski
Kritios Boy Nancy Ludmerer
Hell Run Niamh O’Sullivan
Erotomaniac Nick Leach
Ward S4 Nicki Heinen
St Anne’s Nicki Heinen
Sunday Afternoons With Ian. Nicola Pearson
Dorchester Park. Drumming our way to the future. Orla McAlinden
Prodigal Daughter Pat Brett
Broadening My Horizons Patricia Smith
I am a Phoenix Patricia Whittingham
Kings Over All Who Are Proud Paul McGranaghan
Top Drawer Paul Michel
The hyacinth under the stairs paula cunningham
WINTER BIRDS Pauline Holdstock
Menopausal Puberty Peter Bergman
Nothing Changes Phyllida Clarke
Behind the Wallpaper Phyllis Richardson
Then and Now Pip Newling
Looking Back R Kinnish
Like The Flower Rachelle Hicks
Enduring Passion Riba Taylor
Drifting Along Robert Headley
Schr-r-r-r robert mason
A Servant to Servants Roberta George
The Tear Tree Robin Mcfarland
Heart Robyn Thomas
Duck paté and the First Law of Thermodynamics. Roger Lightfoot
Threads of Inheritance Rosalie Yoakam
The Journey Rosalind Davies
Learning to Dress my Mother Rosemary Jones
Gillyflower Rosie Ford
Things Can Get Lost Rosie Jackson
Disentangling. rueyn
A Letter from My Mother. rueyn
Words Saffron Marchant
Descent Saffron Marchant
Collapse Saffron Marchant
Weighty Issues Sarah Jones
The Witches’ Curse Sarah Line Letellier
Honor Killing Savi Fitch
A Place For Everything Sean Hardie
Heroes Sheila Llewellyn
All Those Promises, Sweetly Sung Shereen Pandit
Customs Declarations Simon Peter Eggertsen
Dreams are Only Dreams Stephanie Allen Early
Garage Doors Stephanie Nugent
Willesden 1967 Stephen Pullman
Taming Tigers stephie hart
The Trouble with Harry Sue Cartledge
Smog Susan Davis
The Visit Susan DuMond
BIG YELLOW TAXI Susanna Clayson
Land of Shannon Suzanne Van Atten
The Diary of a Breakup Svetlana Kortchik
Yesteryears’ Greener Grass Terence Hadert
Snapshots of a Cold War Childhood Terri Favro
The Present from America Terry Lynch
The Jesus in the Purple Jacket Tim Lash
Seasons in the sun Tish McPhilemy
Martha TOM FOX
Remembering Nan Tracy Lloyd
For You, Dad, You William Gee
Love in a Time of War Winsome La ne
Shilling Shenanigans wolfgang eulitz
Days When Zara Katharine

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