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LONGLIST Fish Short Story Prize 2012/13

348 stories longlisted
(1,560 stories submitted in total)

Turritopsis Nutricula Aengus Murray
Tipping Point Akiho Schilz
WINNERS AND LOSERS Alan Coley
A Man of Wealth and Taste Alan Harrison
Go Wild in the Country Alan McCormick
The Page Three Girls Alan McMonagle
No Need for Flowers Alan Wood
Taken Alan Wood
DOCTOR GOD Albert Wachtel
Subterfuge Alexander Hall
Stella Forsaken Alexandra O’Toole
The Snake Andrew Fitzpatrick
Dreamland Andrew McMahon
Good Rubbish Andy Kissane
With a smile and a wink Angela Blackburn
Terry Taliban Annette Sills
Parallel Lives Anthony Howcroft
Grandmother’s Eyes anthony powers
Do you mind? Antoinette McCarthy
She is Silence Aongus Murtagh
Bags Groove, Take 2 aruna vasudevan
L’Ortolan Barbara Mogerley
A Good Job Barbara Tarrant
Knife Edge Barbara Wren
Linda (A Fairy Tale of Sorts) Barry Litherland
Shadows Barry Troy
A Singular Pursuit Barry Troy
JFK Night Barry Troy
Tuning Bennett Elliott
Under New Management Bill Adelson
Poison Hands Bob Oosthuizen
The Fountain Bonnie Nelissen
You are too Old for Pastels Breid Sibley
13 Saint Lucifer Street Brendan Lawlor
Metaphrasis C S Mee
The Silencing Cait Atherton
Under the Woodbox Carly Roberts
Time Out Carol Jones
Sticks and Stones Caroline Bracken
Suck Caroline Grebbell
The Hill Caroline Greene
The Kate Moss Blues caroline Lambie
Thorn caroline Lambie
Is it so hard to say? Catherine Harris
Tom’s Shoes Catherine House
Jim- Boy Catherine Watkins
Clear Reflection Cathriona Slammon
Two Falls cb anderson
Finding Finnegan Celia Reynolds
The Break-in Cerian Griffiths
These Are The Things chris connolly
katzenjammer chris connolly
Eye of the beholder Christian Cook
Tiny Little Things claire black
That It Would Not Come Claire Harnett
Somewhere In Between Clare Le May
Missing Persons Clare Le May
This Empty House Colin Burns
ELECTRA-GLIDE IN BLUE Colin Watts
A Fair Account Conor Keane
The First Rains of August conor mcmanus
Strawberry Picking Corinne Fowler
The Fat Girl and The Octopus Cristina Galvin
The Boy Csilla Toldy
Bringing Him Home Cynthia Hyde
Jig Daniel Finnegan
Bethesda David Armstrong
Get, Get Over It David Lewis
And I Am The Arrow David Salter
Here, Inside the Volcano David Strickland
Gifted Dawn Lowe
A Little Trouble with the Spirits Deborah Cameron
The Workings of Things Declan Hannigan
The Professional Dianne Hagan
The Widower DOLORES WALSHE
Red As Little Drugger’s Mustang DOLORES WALSHE
Sweet Night Doreen Duffy
Crossing the Rip Dorothy Johnston
Smartphone Edward Young
Something Pretty, Something Nice Elaine McCluskey
Wisewoman Elizabeth Kay
A Different Way of Walking Elizabeth Pepper
When We Lived on Ferry Road Emily Cleaver
Sleeptalking Emily Sullivan
Live where the real winds blow Ettie Holland
Press Button ‘A’ Eoin Devereaux
Dyet Martoz Eva Lomski
By the Light of the Moon Eve Vamvas
The Sweet Smell of Death Fiona Drury
Life-Streamers Fleur Smithwick
The Anatomy of a Touch Fleur Smithwick
The Price of Perfection Frances Kenny
Nosebleed Frank Cossa
The Invisible Minaret Fraser Robinson
Playing Out Gary Quinn
In Space Gavin Weston
Axe+Head=Dead George Filip
For the love of General GEORGE PAVLOU
Some Days Even the Goldfish…. Georgina Eddison
Sin Georgina Eddison
Yana Georgina Eddison
The Night Shift Gerry McKeague
Township Jazz Gerry McKeague
Surfing in St Ives Gillian Bowman
Last Girl Against the Wall Graham Tugwell
Full of Grace Grainne Murphy
The Rose Seller of St Petersburg Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown
What We’re Facing Gwen Tener
Corporation Man Harold Mally
Cows and Consolation Helen Christine Geoghegan
Watermark Helen Newdick
A Savage Place Hilary Lloyd
Dubious Connections Iain Napier
Redemption Ian Bowrey
Flashing Lights Ian Humphreys
An Ancient-World Excuse-Me Ian Madden
Sweet Ladies of Bedminster Down Ian Madden
Mr Butterfill’s Misdemeanours Ian Madden
The Last Resort Isa Moynihan
Cafe in the Hills Isabel Turvey
Candles Jack Timlin
The Turnip Flower Jacqueline Corcoran
One for hello, one for goodbye Jacqueline P Haskell
Sweet Table Jamaica Baldwin
Callbird. James Martyn Joyce
Cartoon Super Girl Jane Seaford
Subterranean Ghost Station Blues Jane Williamson
Is It Sunday Yet? Janet Swinney
Don’t Flinch Janine Mikosza
Jack the Hat Jeff Price
Red House Jenni Lawson
An Accident Jennifer Bailey
‘A Sense of Obligation Jennifer Bailey
Olive Lovelock Decides Jenny Ackland
Cardamom Jessica Breheny
Suicide is Painless jessie cole
The Art of Patience Jill Kathryn Wilson
Knuckle Deep Jim Brennan
A Godless Prayer for the Feet Jo Ely
I Long 2B Close 2U Joanna Bury
Solid Orange Sea Joanna Campbell
She Gave Me Back the City Jody Callahan
July, 1930 Joe Golombek, Jr.
Big Boned Miracle John Biggs
Lashkar-Gar John de Holland
A Stroke of Genius John Karter
THE LEMON WOOD BOW JOHN MCCABE
The Ascension of Ignatious Gilhooley John-Patrick Bell
Bear Country Blues John Van Kirk
Into The Water John-Randolph Thornton
There Was Nothing Else To Do Jonathan Carr
Rest Home Jonathan Maas
What’s Expected Jonathan McCabe
Laughing Man Jonathan Priest
I see no ships Jude Brown
The Big Blue Jude Brown
The Caravan Jude Higgins
What is a Faye Carlson? Julia Breens
Through the Window Juliana Feaver
Just Another Nothing Day Julie Hetherington
A Wild Mannered Country Julie Kearney
Places We Go julie-ann rowell
Who Are You Looking At, Medusa? Juliette Adair
Barn June Andrews
Origins Karen Ashe
The Ladies of Kensington Gore Karen Haggarty
Dirty Little Secret Karen Hollands
The Pretend Lake Karen Stevens
The Boy in the Dirty Trousers Kate Forlong
Shades of Deficit kathy mansfield
In the name of the cross we bear katya maddison
A Terrible Business katya maddison
The Courier Keith Spragg
The Worst Night Kelly Kavanaugh
Gold Cross Kieran Bates
In Their Song Kirstin Zhang
Behind the Open Windows Kristen-Paige Madonia
Death Waits for Picasso Kristina Amadeus
One Grey, please – with Stinkies Kristina Amadeus
The 9th Story Lara-Jo Taylor
Bosphorus Blues Laura McVeigh
Arnold’s Emporium of Good Ideas Laura McVeigh
Holy Words Laurie Jacobs
Control Alt Delete Laurie Steed
The One that Got Away Lea Scott
Ordinary Time Lee Berg
Scattered Jack Lee Williams
An Errant Light Leona Cully
Oramorph Lesley Gray
Audition Leslie Rodd
Young Boat People Liam O’Reilly
Jacaranda Linda Brucesmith
The Lost Door Lindsay Fisher
Small Lisa Harding
06:54 – 09:42hrs Lisa Smithies
The Misunderstood Curse of Diego Villarreal Liz Tucker
The Zealot Plays King’s Cup Lolita De Palma
A Common Odor Louise Marburg
Finishing Lucas Jacob
Positional Asphyxia  Lucy Apps
Misappropriation Lucy Maxwell Scott
Someone is screaming Lucy Maxwell Scott
Appetites Maggie Ling
Rambutan! Mai Nardone
Rambutan! Mai Nardone
Out Along Lea Marjorie Kennedy
Prodigal Marjorie Kennedy
Raptor Marjorie Kennedy
HUNTING Marjorie Kennedy
The Beach Mark Arnold
Modern Love Mark Arnold
Stockholm Mark Arnold
THE GOOD BROTHER Mark Gallacher
BROKEN WINDOW Mark Gallacher
Frank and the Fly Mark Liddington
Butcher’s Creek Mark Smith
Found Dead Mary Dixon
VERMILION Mary O’Shea
Epiphany Mary Shiel
Loving Things Mary-Anne Bartlett
Red Belly Black Mary-Ellen Stringer
The Animals Tradition Matthew Pitt
The Last Real Emergency Maurice Greenberg
In the Hammam McKay McFadden
Dark and Light Meg Green
Fill the Dark Meghan Daniels
This is a Home Watch Area Melanie Amri
Nachman’s Christmas Melinda Mullins
GUARDING DEMONS MICHAEL ALEXANDER
Every Monkey has his Moment Michael Dugdale
I touched Justin Bieber Michael Marett-Crosby
Noting Nothing Michael Naghten Shanks
Stillwater Fishing michelle brock
Je Parle Francais Michelle Scorziello
Surface Tension Mike Murray
Slipping Into the Gene Pool Mike Tuohy
Co-Pilot Miles Salter
The Flag Burning Moharem El Gihani
Thunderhead Monica Garvey
The Fish Nadia Ibrashi
Dead Phone Natalka Burian
We Are Making a New World Nathan O’Donnell
The Writer and the Painter Nathan Senge
Dogfish Niamh Hamill
The Street That Said No Nicholas Hancock
Train to Kings Cross Nick Leach
The American Farmer Nick Walsh
Last Night in Cleary Nicole Walsh
THE FORBIDDEN ROCK nina milton
PENUMBRA NINA RAPI
ARIS NINA RAPI
Gamewidow Niyati Keni
Parents Noel King
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The Backpacker Oana Aristide
Voyeurs Paddy Doherty
Harold’s Egg Pam Poole
Maud Gonne Patricia Begley
If All The World Were Mine Patricia Brieschke
Just Dessert Patricia Fenn
Keep Talking, Son Patricia Fenn
The Forty Club patricia jackson
Foundlings Paul Currion
The Citadel Paul David Adkin
At The Vanishing Lake Paul McMichael
Better the Devil Paula Fusco
In the Frame Penny Simpson
Monkey Peter Howard
One night in Ballinamore Peter Murphy
Freddie Mercury’s Anniversary Phyl Herbert
Something to Regret in the Morning Philip Brewster
The Dream Phyllis Mahfoud
A Waste of Space Phyllis Mahfoud
The Other Ones Pippa Gaubert
The Time Garden Pippa Gaubert
The Seal Wife Polis Loizou
The End and the Beginning of Jason Wilkins Rachel Elliott
The Unforeseeable Future Rajith Savanadasa
Bar Girl Rebecca Hayman
Noticing Pigeon Feathers Rebecca Swirsky
The Five Truths of Manhood Rebekah Clarkson
Too Much Of Nothing Reece Choules
Wasteland of the Free Renesh Lakhan
The Homecoming  Rhys Timson
Say Hello to Ravi Richard Bond
Man of the House Richard Purcell
Downpour Richard Scarsbrook
The Tiger Cow Robert Dailey
Baggage Claim Robert Saul
Theft of Services Robin Samu
London Rona May Bryan
Disappearer Ronan Carton
Downpour Ronan Lucy
Degrees Of Separation Rosemary Dun
A Dish Best Served Cold Rosie Cowan
A Different Perspective Rosie Cowan
Tender to the Shore Rupert Jenkins
Hyacinth and Me Ruth Davis
The Right Place Ruth Hayhurst
Lost Ryan Power
Blood Saffron Marchant
Staring Match Safia Shah
They Will Love Me Again Saleem Haddad
The Airstream Sallie Bingham
That will be an end to it Sally Bramley
The Nut Machine Sally Franicevich
9th and Pine, 1989 Sam Sudar
The Beauty of the Word Bloom Sam Sudar
The Life of a House Sam Sudar
Fandango sandra bordigoni
Voices at Dark Scott Kauffman
Luck Can Be Like a Woman Scott Kauffman
Leave it to Bertie Sean McCann
Orient Point Light Sheila MacAvoy
The Night Song Sid Tafler
Fred’s Ma Sinead Hamill
Mortal Sins sinead roarty
Baba Borka Sofia Stambolieva
EASY MEAT Stan Myers
Partitions Stephanie Scott
The driver Stephen Dineen
The feeling of rightness Stephen Flanagan
The Alpha Male Steve Finan
Eva’s Forearm Steve Walsh
Escape Stewart Legg
At the Turning of the Tide Stuart Tallack
I Think I’m Going to Die Today Susan Arscott
Lillian Walsh Susan Daniels
Two Views Through the Looking Glass Susan Lynch
The house of the fallen women Suzanne O’Sullivan
Heaven Came Down Talya Boerner
Aswim Thomas Delaney
A Little Bread and Water Thomas Froese
Atlantic Blue Tim Rowe
Safi Toby Vaughan
SNOW Tom Murray
Birthday Boy Tony Linkson
A Skilled Practitioner Valerie Ryan
And It Begins Vic Heath
Break In Attempt No. 1 Victoria Guest
Crooked Arc Wayne O’Keeffe
The Other Room Wendy Brandmark
I Eat People Will Davis
The Trade wolfgang eulitz
K-Holing Xanthi Barker
Horse Yoshino Funaki
Teppoudama; A Bullet Yuki Ogura

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