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LONGLIST Fish Short Memoir Prize 2014

310 memoirs longlisted
(1,085 memoirs submitted in total)

Growing up on Mortal Kombat Adam Zdroik
SYDNEY HOUSE: A BECHSTEIN AND A BIDET Aida Lennon
Perestroika aivars tannis
I REMEMBER A NIGHT Alan MCormick
Mucking About Alison Colvin
Autobiography of a Writer Alma Bond
Escaping from Class Amelia Fletcher
Fault Andrew Broadfoot
Classroom Andrew C Gottlieb
Action: A Short Memoir of Lust Andrew Foster
Climbing Slieve Gullion Andrew Murphy
Brimstone and Luck Angela Locke
View Near the Borderline Ann Thompson
What You Cannot Give Them Ann Thompson
The French House Anna Beecher
Ella Anthea Jones
Square Antonia Hart
The Past Aubrey Malone
ELBOW ROOM FOR THE SOUL Barbara Knott
The Abortion Barbara Santee
Lady Chatterley’s Enemy Barbara Unkovic
Leaving the Room Barbara Wren
Haunted By Memories Barry Rosenberg
Acute Becca De La Rosa
The Milestone Becky Mayhew
The Gift of Bruce Beth Clary
Of Exodus Betty Weiner
The Springtime of Aunt Jenny Billie Pope
Chestnuts, 1955 Bonnie K Kidd
Deadarm Brad Geyer
Down The Shore: Crabbing Brenda Carver
Field of Broken Dreams Brendan O’Broin
REAL EGNGLISH LADIES Camilla Dinkel
Just a While Before Now Candida Pugh
On The Bridge Carl Burkhart
Wrapped in plastic Carly Roberts
Songs for the Lost Carmel Mc Mahon
It’s a question of butter. Carmen Estevez
Memoirs of Austin Carol Burrows
On the bus home Carol Middleton
Digging: Recalling Seamus Heaney Carolyn Butcher
North Cliff 1951 Cassandra Keen
The Pagoda Tree Cassandra Keen
Estranged Chantal Hintze
No Man’s Land Chanya Sainvilus
Found Chris Franks
A Memory Of Water Chris McIvor
Waiting Christine Findlay
Portrane; My Brief Career in an Irish Asylum Christine Lacey
Spankings Claire Cronin
Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other Clar Ni Chonghaile
There Are Spiders Inside Cynthia Hyde
Alabama 1966 D B (Rick) Donahoe
Jig Daniel Finnegan
Footprints Daphne Kalmar
A Holy Terror David Cameron
The Peculiarity of the Hat Stand david frankel
Grace of God David Hicks
That Holiday David ODwyer
Amsterdam, Mushrooms and Jesus too. David Swan
Taking Sides Dawn Lowe
Healing Dawn O’Doherty
The Bedrock of My Soul Deborah Cameron
Stuck Deirdre Foley
Dignity Deirdre Foley
The Sideboard Deirdre Foley
Hannibal’s Orchard Denise Mack
Coming To Terms Dianne Dugaw
Bring on the New Messiah Dillon Rozenkranz
LOSING COLOR DKM
The Zen of Kakapo Poo Redux DKM
Goblin Market Donna Triggs
An Indian Woman’s Hair Donna Ward
Slow Descent Dylan Joseph Brennan
Sweetbriar E. Alex Pierce
The Execution Eamonn Farrell
Childhood tales Edith Anderson
My first solo trip Edith Speers
The Beginning Eileen Casey
In Search of Charm Eithne Nightingale
Katie Ekaterina Tikhoniouk
THREE WEEKS Elaine van Kempen
Virginia and I Eleanor Fitzsimons
The Remorse of Heroes Elisabeth Avery
Snow Falling on The Writers’ House Elizabeth A. Gallagher
A Box of Spring Chicks and Other Birds Elizabeth A. Gallagher
God Turned Up Uninvited Elizabeth Andrzejewski-Wilson
Alone elizabeth chapman
First Year of Single Parenthood Elizabeth Haussler
“I was born in India, you know…” Elizabeth Rose
Seagulls Elizabeth Simpson
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Elizabeth Valente
The Model Emily Gilbert
The Shadow Emily Nell Yellow Bird
In The Footsteps Of The Khans eric ward
Something Is Lost and Can’t Be Found Eufemia Fantetti
“Father” Ewing Baldwin
Alison fiona mcneil
When Did You Last See Your Father? fiona mcneil
No. 3 Cathedral Walk Fiona Whyte
The Barrel Frances Quinn
Protected Lives Frank Farrelly
A Lesson in Trust Frank Rizzuto
The Ghost of Gilmore Brown Gail Anderson
Homestead Gail Kirkpatrick
The Real Thing Gaylene Carbis
ARTICHOKE WHO STOLE YOUR HEART? Gloria D. Gonsalves
The Chevra Goldie Goldbloom
Cheese flavoured: a memoir Hannah Little
Gullible Travels Hazel Larkin
Last Stop, Coney Island Helen Bar-Lev
Till Death Do Us Part Honey Lian
The Fish and Chip Club ian whitwham
Flirting with Death Ilaria
Life in the Autistic Lane Ingrid Baier
Romanian Funeral J. Mulligan
short circuits jack o’donnell
Water and Wood Jackie Swift
Rendezvous Jacqueline Henry
The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Seen James Collett
A SIMPLE PLACE Janet Baird
Familiabetical Janet Gibson
Into the Desert Janet Wainscott
The Unpronounceable Jeanine Pfeiffer
Our Elgin Jennifer Compton
Charles (de Gull) Jerry and Abbie Tingstad
OCD Day Jessica Barksdale
Did You Pee? Jim McDonald
IN AND OUT OF FOCUS Joan Kantor
Revisit my First Home Joe Connolly
Better to Call it Grief JoeAnn Hart
Conventions John Baylis Post
Ashes of Roses John Frawley
my dike John Jansen in de Wal
Jack John Karter
Liminality: A Love Story John McKenna
My Penis Rules John R. Sabine
Oh Danny Boy John Verling
Chasing Normal Jon Magidsohn
Shadows and Their Colours Jono McKittrick
The Day Harry Left Judith OConnor
Full Circle Judith OConnor
War is not suitable for Children Judith OConnor
Cut Me Out Judith OConnor
Picture This Judy Crozier
Dante’s Dream Julia Anne
Jumping Jehosophats! Julie Kearney
In The Dark Garden K. Zhang
THE WHEEL TURNS karen McGarry
Mummy madness karen money
If only when Kate Mayne
The Best Days of Your Life Katelynn Bishop
The only woman in the weightroom Katherine Farmar
Waltzers and Ballerinas Kathryn Crowley
Running Away Kathryn Crowley
UNDERWATER Kathryn Gahl
About Winning Kathryn Phelan
Thoughts on a Marriage: Through and Through Kathy Coogan
At the Salon katiemcgrath
Early Daze Keith Westwater
Innocently Sinister Kevin McMahon
Huge Detours Kevin Spaide
Velvet Kieran Bates
Psychosomatic leila crawford
What Comes Around… Lesley O’Callaghan
My Home On Chin Chew Street Lillian Ng
The Odyssey Linda judge
Pearl Paint Linda Norton
Citiot lisa morris
Lou Ann and the Boot Lisa Rizzo
At Boothville Lisa Southgate
The Tea Party Liz Barnes
One of THOSE Days, Weeks, Months, Years Lori Martinez
Mothballed Lu Hersey
The Other Side Of The Closet Lucille Grant
Quarantine M A Leighton
Boiling Spuds Maebh Culhane
Daddy’s Hair Maebh Culhane
Cantabile Maeve Edwards
The Fabulous Fifties maeve martin
Solemn Fold Maggie Dugan
CAN LOVE OUTLAST MEMORY MAL King
Face Marcia Meier
Space and Place Marcy Rae Henry
The Nightdress Margaret Bonass Madden
Intimacies Margaret Grundstein
Providing Margaret Grundstein
A Gift From My Father – Fish Publishing Margo Barnes
Letting Go Mariad Whisker
When a Butterfly Lands Marie Boland
Sisters Marie Douglas
Adrenaline Marion Crouchman
Full Circle MARIS O’ROURKE
eBay Families Martin Cromie
For the Nameless ones martina crawford
My Nemesis Mary Bracht
Plasticine Flowers mary fitzpatrick
Woman on the Verge. Mary Grant
Macrobiotics and Condor Plug Mary Johnston
The Spirit of Friendship – a Legacy of Love mary lynskey
Breaking fast Mary McGonagle Johnson
The Exxon Waddle Mary Mullen
Muktuk for One Mary Mullen
Night Terrors Megan Williams
Leap of Faith Mia Herman
Seeking Salvation at the Seminary Michael Coolen
Brass City Swelter Michael Dwyer
Do Not Go Gently Michael Forester
Going Going Gone Michael Forester
In Sure Uncertain Hope Michael Forester
Creepy Crawlies michelle brock
Little Boy Blue michelle brock
Before. After. Michelle Brown
In The Eye of the Beholder Mike Absalom
Walking Walking – A Memoir of the Walking Wounded Mike Absalom
The Iron Dormitory and other Memories Mike Absalom
The Beating (A Kindergarten Memoir 1944) Mike Absalom
Peace in the Terrarium Mike Tuohy
Homeland Monica Connell
Burying Cinder Myra Connell
K Myra Connell
Worlds Within Neha srivastava
back with daisy neil wilson
Reproduction Nell McGrath
The Beach Niamh MacAlister
Rags and Rifles Noel Wills
Coming of Age Nora Brennan
New Best Friends Forever Olja Knezevic
Checkpoint Pat Mullan
Tribute to My Father Patricia Jackson
Lost in Space patricia wilson
Waesfiord – Four Pieces Patrick O’Connor
Closing Time Patrick Power
Next of Kin Patrick Whitehouse
Wanted to buy house: tone-deaf French polisher Paul Ingrams
Lucifer in his Original Glory Paul McGranaghan
Nineteen Eighty-Four Paul McGranaghan
Good Buddy Paul Michel
We’re only Talking pauline clooney
The Big Lad pauline rooney
The Garden Pauline Shaw
A Persian Serenade Peggy Preciado
The Missing Postman Peter Cunningham
Face To Face Peter Findlay
Finger Mustache Phyllis Carito
Shining Stars Phyllis Hollenbeck
The Truth Tale PIA RABIN
Me and Billy Collins R.E. Matthews
The Funeral Rachel Ferguson
Gringos Rachel S. Mann
On the Road to Jack’s House Ray McNiece
Hearing All The Sound, Everywhere rebecca rebecca
In Your Shoes rebecca rebecca
The question without an answer Renate Justin
African Summer Storm Rhett Williams
Return To The Stars Rhys Barter
Man Overboard Richard Bradburn
BIG JIM Rita Ariyoshi
Fields and Stones Ronald Hartley
Fortinos: A Travel Memoir Royston Tester
Night Work Royston Tester
Descent Saffron Marchant
Dinner Call at Dusk Sally O Donlon
Manna From Heaven Sally O Donlon
The Fur Coat Project Sally Rena
Betwixt Samuel Autman
One Sunday Samuel McIlrath
Hippocrates and the Friday Night Fights sara davis
Intangible Ingredients Sara Etgen-Baker
Honor Killing Savi Fitch
House of Pain seamus scanlon
The Yank Sean Rogers
The Harp Sean Rogers
The Flies Sean W Murphy
The Vicar’s Night Out Seth Polley
43 Jenvey Road Shaun Levin
The Chocolate Bar Shirley Barasch
Life Lessons Learnt in Freefall Simon Jackson
Brown Sneha Abraham
Heroic Virtue Solveig Foss
FROM THE TOMB TO THE WIND Stefanie Michelle Almendárez
The Ceilidh Man Stephen McKiernan
Dementia in Apartment 412 Steven Sandor
The Party Frock Susanna Clayson
Better than the TV SV Waterhouse
A Distant Death Tamara Jones
What we were going to eat, the night you died Tara Suilen Duffy
What I learn in the office of Dr Pooh-Pooh Tara West
How Could I Tell On Another? Terry Barr
POETRY AS THE PRACTICE OF FREEDOM Theresa Torchia
Pass With Care Tom Billings
The Bridge Tom Handford
Tadhg Tom Hunt
Today is the Day Tom Hunt
Smokers are the New Jews Tracy Maylath
Expired Tracy Robert
Man with No Legs Valerie Lake
The body is a boat Vicki Morley
The Moon Will Bring You Chocolate. Vicky Woodcraft
Departure Victor
Our cutlery Victoria Neumark Jones
Christmas 1950 victoria riskin
World Without Borders Vijali Hamilton
Innocence Lost Will Fish
The Day the Rabbits Came William Locke Hauser
Christmas call with Mom William Weeks
A life in the day William Weeks
THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD Wilma Campanialli
For A Few Shillings More wolfgang eulitz
The Wall wolfgang eulitz

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