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LONGLIST Poetry Prize 2014

347 poems longlisted
(1,300 poems submitted in total)

Father away on business Adnan Mahmutovic
Kairos Akiho Schilz
Two Hearts Akiho Schilz
the metamorphoses akil contractor
Mammock beach Alain Speed
The bus conductor Alain Speed
A month in the attic Alain Speed
Street Bird Alain Speed
Phoenix Alan Lawson
Secret Life of the Charity Shop Alison Thomas
Gravity Is Always Attractive Amy Greacen
Lviv, February 2014 Andrew Dawson
Acceleration due to gravity Andy Jenkins
From beyond the waiting room door Andy Jenkins
Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress angela Readman
Of Tea Tasters and Book Keepers Anirudh Jain
Murmuration Over Gretna Ann Thompson
Not Waiting But Drowning Anna Whyatt
Summer Shower in Suburbia Anne Coughlan
Snipe Anne O’Malley
Dream with Two Muses anne swannell
Red Towel Arne Weingart
Taking on the Shape Astrid van der pol
A Life attracta kennelly
“2 double-O over 7” prestigitation Barrie Walsh
I am Not bern butler
The Yard Brush Bernadette Crawford
Living with Adult Children in Times of Recession Bernadette Crawford
Cilleen Bernadette Crawford
The San Fermin Sonnets Bert Beckmann
Sudden Mushrooms Bill Hoagland
Now Point Bill Hogan
Asyourhazeleyesrotate …! Bill Hogan
Engaged to Stillness Bogusia Wardein
Persons Unknown Bogusia Wardein
Self-Portrait as a She-Wolf BREDA WALL RYAN
No that the White Bear is Gone BREDA WALL RYAN
Becoming the Ancestor BREDA WALL RYAN
If what is, is Other BREDA WALL RYAN
Rwanda brenda fitzpatrick
A Fallen Oak Brian Murphy
A July Evening in Bantry brigid johnson
The Color of Guinness C. Wade Bentley
Autumn leaves tour Carly Roberts
Moon Man Carmen Feliciano
N. carolyn waudby
Aerialiste carolyn waudby
My Mother Catherine Bateson
Rococo and Cocoa Catherine Wylie
The last of the tribe Catherine Wylie
See what we can see Cathy Dreyer
Tomorrow Charles Evans
AFTER THE MOVIE AT THE REX Charles Tisdale
AFTER THE MOVIE AT THE REX Charles Tisdale
THE IMPETUS OF WATER UNDER OTHER WATER Charles Tisdale
remembering cheryl fraser
Pacific Rim Chris Andrews
The Ever Changing Definition of Youth in Revolt Christopher Meehan
Thirst clare O’reilly
Edgar’s Fridge Claudine Toutoungi
Knowing We’ll Be Mostly Wrong colin channer
The Basement Connie Golden
She did not Connie Golden
Seeing Connie Roberts
Fill The Empty Space Corey Ramsey
Lines Csilla Toldy
Massage Cynthia Grover
The Missionaries of All Hallows College Dan Reid
Good Friday Daniel Gustafsson
Nativity Daniel Gustafsson
The Two Hand Tale Daniel P. Stokes
The White Camellia Davnet Heery
Seed Davnet Heery
Hunger Winter Dawn Smith
Birthday Denise Nagle
Love. Denise Pattison
There Was A Man Devo Cutler-Rubenstein
A Brief History Of Ink Devreaux Baker
Resurrection Diana Howard
Nihilism Means Nothing to Me Dicko King
VALUE OF EMPTY SPACE DORIS FERLEGER
Lament Eamonn Lynskey
fish publishing poems Eileen Murphy
Slave Sense Elaine Feeney
Irrepressibly Bare Eleanor Hooker
The Self-test Law Elisabeth Sennitt Clough
“Blue Frog” Elizabeth Wolf
Brandon Bay Emer Fallon
Playing Attention Emma Clohessy
For Bill Eric Pitty
Fall Weather Talk Evangelino Balanon
I was reading Rumi Felicity Notley
An Indifferent Wind Fran Graham
Like the Animals G.G. Silverman
Epidauri George Harding
Feathers George Harding
snow rules Geraldine Clarkson
St Rose of Lima’s Revenge Geraldine Clarkson
Travellers Rest Gerry O’Donnell
Burrow Beach, Dublin Giles Newington
Please Forward Giles Newington
World Without End Grainne Murphy
In Truth Gráinne O Toole
Ashes Gráinne O Toole
The Decorum of the Social Wasp Grainne Tobin
Grouse Gregory Jackson
Catherine of Aragon Gregory Jackson
Since Adam Gretchen Friel
An Assortment of Poetry Helen Picard
Parliamo Daisy Helena Goddard
Winter Term Helena Nolan
Popular Mechanics Helena Nolan
Mother’s Day Helena Nolan
Repellent Holly Minogue
Dad’s Cap Honor Somerset
Out walking with Seamus Heaney Hugh Breslin
red flag Irene Mosvold
in loco parentis J. C. Robertson
Harvest Jacqueline P Haskell
the greening Jacqueline P Haskell
The Warrior of the Falling Fire Jacqueline P Haskell
Fledgling Jacqueline P Haskell
Amelie Jacqueline P Haskell
Alice like the wind Jacqueline P Haskell
I can’t help it really James Heaney
The Depression James Patterson
[elegy] James Patterson
L’Abbaye du Lieu Dieu James Patterson
Writing Poetry at 5 A.M. James Patterson
Geyser Janis Freegard
Sing me to Sleep Jasmine Holmes
The Roach Men Jasmine Holmes
I watch him, my husband Jay Kidd
Winter Hides the Gardener Jean Tuomey
Lost Duet Jean Tuomey
One Small Scratch Jed Myers
Wish You Were Here Jed Myers
Lock Up Your Pelargoniums Jennifer Compton
“A Dictionary of Venery in the Voice of Artemis” Jennifer Militello
Timing Jennifer Quinlivan
Eleanor Rigby’s Dream Jenny McRobert
By the sea communing with my dead great grandfather jenny pollak
Neptune’s Bells jenny pollak
My dear departed jenny pollak
Mitochondrial Jessica Traynor
Elizabeth and the Globe Jessica Traynor
The Sacred Book or Recycled Library Joan Phillip-Allan
Adagio Joan Renino
Glory Joan Renino
Tidbits Joe Ruane
The Minds Eye John D Kelly
Rien de Rien John D Kelly
Philoctete’s Wound John D Kelly
Not Alone on a Goat’s Path John D Kelly
The Collectors John FitzGerald
Cross-Country John FitzGerald
Luminosity John Murphy
Ebb Tide John Robinson
Bombers’ Drive to Dublin May 1974 John Walsh
The Interlopers John Wheway
A Fairy Tale John Wheway
Citoyens du Monde John Wheway
On Going to Watch a YouTube Video of Charles Bukowski and Being Forced to Sit Through an Advert for Fucking Saga Holidays Jonathan Pinnock
Lines from an Ape Jonathan Pinnock
Lorcan’s Reverie Joyce Sheehey
Drinking with my Dead Brother Judith Barrington
After Dusk Judith Barrington
UP AT NIGHT Judith Krause
1001 Voices Judith Sloan
on a still day Judith Taylor
Too old friends at the shore Julian Green
Poinsettia Julie Sheridan
Each Time Karen O’Connor
Blind Casting Karen O’Connor
My Father Karen O’Connor
A Walk in The Woods kate Ennals
Forty Shades of Fog Kathleen McCoy
The Chosen One Kathleen McCoy
Second day of spring Kathryn Lomer
You, Once Kathryn Phelan
Poolbeg Kathryn Phelan
Losing It Kathy Chan
Privaate Wasteland Katie Dickson
Plunder Katie Dickson
Riddling Insistence in an Original Voice Kevin Griffin
Death in the Afternoon Kevin Smith
The mystic crucifixion by Tintoretto Kim Garcia
Franco’s Lost Children Kimberly Burwick
That Which Is Wanting Kita Kita Shantiris
Consonants Kita Kita Shantiris
Beyond Fort Worth Kita Shantiris
Trevelyan’s Rhinoceros Kristina Blaine
It is as if the answer lies in the Ashes Laila Farnes
Rainstick Laila Farnes
The Cake Mixture Leah Larwood
Heart Foundation Liam Maloney
Tea, hands Liam Maloney
Solitude for Molly Liam Maloney
Mt. Fuji Linda Nemec Foster
Screen Shot Linda Norton
Reading to My Stepson Linwood Rumney
The Sign Said “Apples” Lisa Boone-Berry
Ireland and the economy of neighbours lisa Johnson
Concert Pianist on Desert Island Discs Lorna Liffen
True Angels Louise McKenna
Something else Lucy Maxwell Scott
Lobster Lucy Maxwell Scott
Early traces of artistic endeavour Lucy Maxwell Scott
LAST MINUTE Madelaine Nerson Mac Namara
Fisherman’s Wharf Maeve Kelly
A Romance Maggie Jackson
CHI Mago Wells
Leannán Sí Majella Kelly
Badger in a Bag Majella Kelly
Double Tap A Lifetime Majella Kelly
Rowan Woman Mandy Haggith
thistles Maresa Sheehan
To the Naked Eye Marie Cadden
Human Zoo, Female Wing, AD 3010 Marilyn Annucci
Childhood Marjorie Kennedy
Bowl Marjorie Kennedy
Transcendence Comes in Gigahertz Mark Fiddes
Come the Resolution Mark Fiddes
Blood Ties Mary Ann Hushlak
BEE Mary O’Brien
Markings, 2060 Mary O’Donnell
The Wigs Mary O’Donnell
Forest, Snow, A Train Mary O’Donnell
Under Blue Blankets Matt Miller
Dreaming Mum Maureen Cullen
Aspirations Maureen Harkin
Misadventure Michael Dooley
Anagnorisis Michael Dooley
THE PALESTINE CIRCUS SCHOOL Michael Poage
The Monster’s Photograph Album Michael Swan
Names Michael Swan
For Echo, from Lander Ave. Michele Pizarro Harman
For Mopsus, from Hull Ave. Michele Pizarro Harman
For Cordelia, from Falcon Court Michele Pizarro Harman
What the Archaeologists Found Mil Norman-Risch
Gentle Visit Mo Rahimi
The Child Dreaming in a Poet’s House Molly Vogel
Come Home Mona Lydon-Rochelle
Holy Terror Mona Lydon-Rochelle
Epistle Natalee Dawson
Achilles Natalie Holborow
Sleeping Arrangements Natalya Anderson
Instead I’ll Peel Clementines Natalya Anderson
Bath Bubble Natalya Anderson
Portrait of a Lady Natasha Deonarain
Seven Days in St Lucia Nicholas Bowlby
Drowning Nicholas Bowlby
Shipwrecked Nicki Heinen
Melancholia Nicki Heinen
Itch Nicki Heinen
Casting for Sea Trout Noel King
Hedge Setter Noel King
Takis Noel Manning
Bloody Sunday Nora McGillen
pride comes before Norm Neill
homelessness Norm Neill
The Daisy Girls O’ Connell Claire
Full Moon at Monemvasia Olive Broderick
In Mary’s Garden on a Summer’s Evening Olivia Kenny McCarthy
THE VIRGIN MARY TELLS HER SIDE OF THINGS Patricia Mansfield Phelan
ANNIVERSARY Patricia Mansfield Phelan
The Darkest Day Patrick Diarmuid Donnelly
Coming of Age Patrick Diarmuid Donnelly
Terrible Hair Patrick Sexton
A Village in Kosovo Paul Dolan
LAST TO LEAVE Paul Nash
A DARKER BLUE Paul Nash
KILKENNY LONDONER Paul Nash
SLOW-WORM BASKING Paul Nash
Paula Paula Brancato
Sand Castles in Gaza Pearse Murray
The Latin Tutorial Pearse Murray
Training Penny Ouvry
Diagnosis Penny Ouvry
Five Owls penny turner
Wasp and Peach Peter Flynn
Emery House Peter Kent
Waterstones Peter Kent
The Universe Within peter lindley
A Second Cappucino peter lindley
‘Translations through Grief’ Peter Mitchell
What is this thing called string? Peter Tonkin
Letter to Pope Philip Brady
‘Alone with his longing he lies down in his bed’ Philip Miller
Debris Rachael Smart
Into the You Beaut Country Ray Liversidge
Actaeon and Artemis Ray McNiece
Dear Saraswati Rebecca Gimblett
Three Hundred Words Richard Scarsbrook
Angels of Ashes Rob Davies
scenes form a gay life rob wallis
No hint of brogue Roger Vickery
Borderlands Roisin Kelly
Business Trip Ruth Coffey
Tessa at eighteen months S A Jones
six o’clock news samuel Burnside
You Can Never Go Home Sanda Ionescu
Four Swans sandra ireland
It is still January. Sandra McTurk
Prisoners of War: Dachau’s Song Sarah Conolly
Song of Gratitude Sarah Rice
Dogs of Ecuador Sarah Sleeper
Tongue/Fire/Eclipse/Groove Sarah Stern
Thank you very much Seth Insua
A Young Cartographer Seth Insua
The Sense of Lying Seth Insua
Conversations in Spain Seth Insua
Alone in a Crowd Seth Insua
Mandala Seth Insua
Matilda Seth Insua
The Mermen Seth Insua
A tear drop Seth Koen
Assignation Sharon Black
Backwash Sharon Foley
Ten Sharon Foley
Cumberland Farm Sharon Foley
War Sighle Meehan
Venus Simon Eastman
A Request for Color and Spice #3 Simon Peter Eggertsen
Boy With a Live Bearded Vulture, Kabul, 1973 Simone Littledale
Abu Dhabi Mums Sinead Ni hArgain
I return Sofia Buchuck
The Leopard Stephanie Scott
TRIP THE LIGHT Susan Muehlberg
Fall Equinox On Double Bluff Beach Suzannah Dalzell
The Path to Rodel Tarn Painter-MacArthur
Emptied of All but Wildness Tess Barry
The Galvanised Bucket Tim Carroll
The Railway Tom Moore
Red Bricked Fox Veronica Szczygiel
Grumpy Moon wayne cresser
Winter Blue Wende McCabe
Sweet Dreams Wiebo Grobler
The Water Pipes Will Martin-Smith
Of endless triumph Will Moorfoot
A Family More I Miss: The Boy William Fell-Holden
The Bhikkhu and the Body William Johnson
Space Invader Wilma Scharrer
The Masterpiece Yvonne Jackson
INVITING ENLIGHTENING LOBOTOMY Freak Show Zach Knox
The Angels’ Share Zoe Green
GORGON Zoila Bergeron

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Fish Anthology 2017 – LAUNCH

8th July 2017
The West Cork Literary Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Clem Cairns of Fish Publishing started and grew the festival into one of Ireland’s biggest literary events. The Fish Anthology launch has been a major event at the Festival since its inception in 1997. This year, Mia Gallagher, author and Fish winner (2005) will be launching the […]

Poetry Results + Short and Long Lists

23rd May 2017
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We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Fish Short Memoir Contest, as chosen by judge Vanessa Gebbie. The 10 short memoirs will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. Vanessa’s comments on the memoirs are with each one, and her overall notes on the judging are below, followed by biographical information on […]

Memoirs: Short & Long Lists

29th March 2017
Short List: 2017 Short Memoir Contest. The Long List is on this page after the short list. The winners will be announced on 1st April. Title First Name Last Name       May Sixty-Eight Tony Axelrad Poland – A Pilgrimage Tod Benjamin     Learning How To Be A Lady Jane Bryce New York […]

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