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SHORTLIST Fish Short Memoir Prize 2014

98 memoirs shortlisted
(1,085 memoirs submitted in total)

Growing up on Mortal Kombat Adam Zdroik
Perestroika aivars tannis
Action: A Short Memoir of Lust Andrew Foster
What You Cannot Give Them Ann Thompson
The Past Aubrey Malone
Acute Becca De La Rosa
Of Exodus Betty Weiner
Chestnuts, 1955 Bonnie K Kidd
Deadarm Brad Geyer
Just a While Before Now Candida Pugh
Memoirs of Austin Carol Burrows
The Pagoda Tree Cassandra Keen
Waiting Christine Findlay
Alabama 1966 D B (Rick) Donahoe
Jig Daniel Finnegan
Footprints Daphne Kalmar
The Peculiarity of the Hat Stand david frankel
The Sideboard Deirdre Foley
Hannibal’s Orchard Denise Mack
LOSING COLOR DKM
The Zen of Kakapo Poo Redux DKM
An Indian Woman’s Hair Donna Ward
Slow Descent Dylan Joseph Brennan
The Beginning Eileen Casey
The Remorse of Heroes Elisabeth Avery
God Turned Up Uninvited Elizabeth Andrzejewski-Wilson
First Year of Single Parenthood Elizabeth Haussler
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Elizabeth Valente
Something Is Lost and Can’t Be Found Eufemia Fantetti
Alison fiona mcneil
When Did You Last See Your Father? fiona mcneil
The Barrel Frances Quinn
The Chevra Goldie Goldbloom
Last Stop, Coney Island Helen Bar-Lev
The Fish and Chip Club ian whitwham
Life in the Autistic Lane Ingrid Baier
Romanian Funeral J. Mulligan
short circuits jack o’donnell
Rendezvous Jacqueline Henry
Familiabetical Janet Gibson
Into the Desert Janet Wainscott
IN AND OUT OF FOCUS Joan Kantor
Better to Call it Grief JoeAnn Hart
Liminality: A Love Story John McKenna
My Penis Rules John R. Sabine
Jumping Jehosophats! Julie Kearney
In The Dark Garden K. Zhang
If only when Kate Mayne
The only woman in the weightroom Katherine Farmar
About Winning Kathryn Phelan
Early Daze Keith Westwater
Innocently Sinister Kevin McMahon
Flirting with Death Kimberly Condon
Pearl Paint Linda Norton
Lou Ann and the Boot Lisa Rizzo
At Boothville Lisa Southgate
Solemn Fold Maggie Dugan
Space and Place Marcy Rae Henry
Providing Margaret Grundstein
eBay Families Martin Cromie
For the Nameless ones martina crawford
Plasticine Flowers mary fitzpatrick
Macrobiotics and Condor Plug Mary Johnston
Night Terrors Megan Williams
Brass City Swelter Michael Dwyer
Going Going Gone Michael Forester
In Sure Uncertain Hope Michael Forester
Creepy Crawlies michelle brock
Little Boy Blue michelle brock
Before. After. Michelle Brown
The Beating (A Kindergarten Memoir 1944) Mike Absalom
K Myra Connell
Reproduction Nell McGrath
Tribute to My Father Patricia Jackson
Lucifer in his Original Glory Paul McGranaghan
Nineteen Eighty-Four Paul McGranaghan
The Big Lad pauline rooney
A Persian Serenade Peggy Preciado
The Missing Postman Peter Cunningham
Shining Stars Phyllis Hollenbeck
The Funeral Rachel Ferguson
On the Road to Jack’s House Ray McNiece
In Your Shoes rebecca rebecca
Man Overboard Richard Bradburn
Fields and Stones Ronald Hartley
Night Work Royston Tester
Descent Saffron Marchant
Manna From Heaven Sally O Donlon
Hippocrates and the Friday Night Fights sara davis
The Flies Sean W. Murphy
43 Jenvey Road Shaun Levin
The Chocolate Bar Shirley Barasch
Life Lessons Learnt in Freefall Simon Jackson
Pass With Care Tom Billings
Tadhg Tom Hunt
Man with No Legs Valerie Lake
Christmas 1950 victoria riskin
A life in the day William Weeks

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– Chris Stewart


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