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RESULTS Short Story Prize 15 – Winners, Short list and Longlist

RESULTS: Fish Short Story Prize 2015

Long list
Shortlist
Winners

LONGLIST SHORT STORY PRIZE 2015 (480 stories selected from 1,400)

Title

First Name

Last Name

Wait For Me Joy Frost

 

 

How to kill friends

and influence people

 

Tribal Marks

 

 

Eat and Run

 

 

Episodes

 

 

AFTER

 

 

In the Darkness the Siren’s Song

 

 

The Duel

 

 

The Spotless Chronicles of a One-of-a-Kind Leopard

Carla Vee

Ababon

Tiny Everyday Crimes

Annabel

Abbs

Is Yours Now

Claire

Adam

The Hole in the Fence

Christine

Adamson

The Revenge of Two-Streams O’Malley

Michael

Allen

For the love of muses

Oana

Aristide

Beyond The Waves

Philip

Arnold

Choices

Louise

Aronson

BENEFITS

Maria

Ashworth

Conceptual

Cait

Atherton

Where Unicorns Weep

Stephen

Atkinson

Me & Mr. Tinkles

Thomas

Atkinson

‘Ushering’

Jennifer

Bailey

On the Coast at 65

James

Balian

Lift

Susan

Baller-Shepard

Tiny Hands

Xanthi

Barker

Left Behind

Elizabeth

Barrouquere

Unknown Bulky Contents

Paul

Bassett Davies

Come in for a Cocktail

kate

beales

Orpheus Down Under

Tim

Bednall

Melody Rose

Dianne

Beeaff

Fortune

honoria

beirne

Clair de Lune

Susan

Bennett

Denouement

Darlene

Bentley

The Stars Look Up To Me

Michael

Bird

Dive

Tavi

Black

The Strait

Grace

Blackwood

The Shattering

Daniel

Blokh

Telling Blue

astra

bloom

Black cat dreaming

astra

bloom

Sunset over Lake Garda

robin

blyth

I Confess

Marie

Boland

Lost Invite

Jessica

Bonder

Roll Up x 2

Sharon

Boyle

Bodies of Sand

Manus

Boyle Tobin

The Wooden Indian

Theodore

Brady

Porcelain Doll

Terese

Brasen

Pests

Maggie

Breen

The Great Song

Rex

Bromfield

He’s the One

Anthony

Brophy

Timidity

dan

brotzel

“cotton and crème”

Chad

Broughman

The Pram

Susanne

Brownlie

Icaro

Linda

Brucesmith

         THE JUNGLE

josephine

bruni

Dublin Demon

Louise

Bunyan

The Longings of Máire De Búrca

Ger

Burke

A Summer’s Day Odyssey

Kathryn

Burke

SEMELE

Colin

Burns

That Day

Sarah

Burton Kennedy

Ckzmchupach

Ann

Cahill

Day of the black snake

Alexandra

Cain

A Little Trouble with the Spirits

Deborah

Cameron

Promise

Joanna

Campbell

Skye

Neil

Campbell

The Cancerjack

Sean

Carabini

Mammy says

Mary Lys

Carbery

A Few Notes from the End of the World

Mike

Carson

Surface Appearances

Mike

Carson

Leave the Light On

Enda

Carty

If our reduction is not stereospecific,

then how can our product

be enantiomerically pure?

Aoife

Casby

Shared Needles

Mairead

Casey

Not 1914

Heather

Chadwick

On the other hands

Clare

Chandler

White Sparrow

Melanie

Cheng

You Only Kill Your Parents Once

Cheryl

Cioci

Jokes in lemon juice

 Lezanne  Clannachan

What I’ve Got

Amanda

Coats

Blood Orange

Niamh

Coen

Doris Day the Hunter

Deirdre

Coffey

Iceland Horses

Deirdre

Coffey

Terror Cognita

Louise

Cole

A Bit Missing

Jo

Colley

The Land Of Colours And Shapes

Jon

Collins

The Cuckoo and The Moth

Sara

Collins

Hanging Houses

Kathy

Conde

There’s No One New Around You

chrs

connolly

Troll

chrs

connolly

Lady from America

john austin

connolly

ON QUESTS

Ruaidhri

Conroy

THE SADDEST CUFFLINKS INTHE WORLD

Ruaidhri

Conroy

Maybe Baby

Lynne

Cook

Path of the Ground Birds

James

Cooper

The Letting

Priscilla

Corbin

GIRL IN KNOTS!

Priscilla

Corbin

The Party Poodle

jacqui

corcoran

Aground

Lucy

Corkhill

Don’t Look Back

Julie-Ann

Corrigan

Myles To Go

Frank

Cossa

PROLOGUE

Brian

Coughlan

Of the Night

Michelle

Coyne

The Lion

Steve

Crow

Kindred Spirits

Maureen

Cullen

The warm-hot intergalactic medium

Paul

Currion

Visiting Hours

Conor

Darrall

Battery Hens

Patricia

Davis

Seeking Treasure

Patricia

Davis

Wanting

Jackie

Davis-Martin

The interview

Helen

de Búrca

The parrotfish

Helen

de Búrca

P.P.J.A.

Anne

de Fornel

Longshanks & The Brute

kit

de waal

Bella

Diane

Demeter

Feathering The Blade

Emily

Devane

To Woo

Anthony

Dew

Charlie’s Turn

Susan

Dillon

UNDER THE OAK

Cáit R

Doherty-Coogan

Brothers-in-arms

Ray

Dolphin

Half-A-Boy

Anne

Donnelly

Iscariot

Anne

Donnelly

Flyherding for Beginners

Maria

Donovan

The Artist

Diana

Dr. Radovan

Oh Sussana

Fiona

Drury

The Bell

simon

duddy

Step Back In Time

Ann

Dufaux

Bengal Terrace

Dermot

Duffy

Lucky

Jean

Duggleby

Swan Dive

Janet

Duignan

Nighthawks

Molia

Dumbleton

Be A Man

Julia

Dunne

Collecting Unpainted Pictures

Tatiana

Duvanova

Heaven

Owen

Dwyer

A Very Fine Specimen

Eisen

Erica

Big Fish

Michael

Erickson

Head Shrink

Alun

Evans

Loggerheads

Emer

Fallon

Steps to Freedom

Juliana

Feaver

Avalanche Peak and Devine Intervention

Juliana

Feaver

Ming the Clam and Immortal Jellyfish

Tracy

Fells

Not Like Us

Hilary

Fennell

The Braes

Graeme

Finnie

All the empty spaces

John

Fitzgerald

The Stoneman’s Wife

chris

fitzgerald

Apocalypse Systems

Stephen

Flanagan

Molly & Jack at the Seaside

Lauren

Foley

Regula Et Vita

Larry

Fondation

The Goblin Child

Michael

Forester

contested

fiona

foskin

Mistletoe Birds

Brian

Fox

Stage Directions

Gareth

Fox

The First Cut

Grace

French

Bed Rest

Miriam

Frendo

House of Pies

Barbara

Fried

The Fontanel

Thomas

Froyland

And Mama’s Dead Of A Broken Heart

Keith

Fryer

‘Greenbacks’

Crona

Gallagher

Salaud

gerard

galvin

Runt

gerard

galvin

The Last Syllable

Peter

Garrett

The Swim

Liam

Gavin

Agatha Earle

Tiffanie

George

THE STRANGER

Cosmin

Gheorghe

The Faithless Wife

Penny

Gibson

Aliens

David

Gibson

Islands

Penny

Gibson

The Bath

Sonya

Gildea

KEEPING LADY ALICE HAPPY

Martin

Gleeson

No one had missed Kelly yet

Ann

Godridge

The Death Artist

Goldie

Goldbloom

Almost Like Running

Clare

Golding

Judo For Jesus

Joseph

Golombek, Jr.

Class Reunion

Joseph

Golombek, Jr.

Your turn now

Induka

Gomez

Irish or Something

Aine

Greaney

Quixby

Michael

Green

This Guy Comes into the Shop

Caroline

Greene

Circle City

Robert

Grindy

Sisyphus takes a vacation

Stuart

Handysides

The Goddess of Wealth

Daniel

Harper

PARANORMAL SOCIETY

John

Harris

SAMANTHA

Alison

Harrop

Thoughts Become Things

Siobhan

Harte

Acts of Cruelty

Jacqueline P

Haskell

After the raincoat

Jacqueline P

Haskell

The Net

Jacqueline P

Haskell

Allah Akhbar

patria

hatami

The Burglar Trap

Lander

Hawes

THE ACE

Catherine

Hawkins

Four walls

Gina

Headden

The Distance

keren

heenan

Babby’s Lament

Elizabeth

Heery

lay lady lay on your big grass bed

Michael

Heffernan

Out of the Shadows

Sarah

Hegarty

Ullapool

J.D.

Hellsinger

The Bag

Orla

Hennessy

Insane Reality

Michele

Henningham

Three Trebles and a Chain

Wayne

Herbert

Three Stops To Angel

joanna

herrmann

Julia and Frances

John

Hill

The Meta More Sophist

Emmet

Hirsch

We Went There

Debz

Hobbs-Wyatt

The Skunk Ape

Jim

Hohenbary

True

John

Holland

Why I Live In Mississippi

Phyllis

Hollenbeck

The Eeko of Atdm

Luke

Holm

The Great and Amazing Disappearing You

Matthew

Hooton

Pookies

Conor

Houghton

The end of the world as we know it

Anthony

Howcroft

The Mugging Plague

Jeremy

Howell

The Last of Michiko

Mandy

Huggins

A Lancashire Lane

Eirik

Hunt

When They Kissed They Really Kissed:

A Story in Three Stories

The Man

in the Black Pyjamas

ONCE A BOY NOW A MAN

Melanie

Ingram

A birthday present

Gail

Ingram

Philosophy Begins With A Ž

jones

irwin

DONNELLY

jones

irwin

Jack the Ink

sarah

isaac

Tayama-tei

Mariko

Iwasaki

Skittery-winter’s Tale

Olive

Jackson

Another Day at the Office

Julian

Jackson

Six Million Dollar Boys

Barry

Jacques

Her Rocket Ship Still Falling Up

Alice

Jolly

I Have My Suspicions About That

Alice

Jolly

Rooster Song

Carol

Jones

Beneath the Sand of the Hourglass

Chris

Jones

Collecting Virtues

Marc

Jones

Kitten Heels

Marc

Jones

There Were Red Roses At The Gas Station

Jaimee

Joroff

Beetle Mania

Peter

Jump

The Announcement

Haico

Kaashoek

Prone

Anna

Kalinski

The Sea Witch

Dave

Kavanagh

Your dream life come true.

Kevin

Keely

KEEPING UP

Sara

Keene

The Tin Whistle

Jack

Kelleher

Goodbye Ringo

Jack

Kelleher

Unravelling

Bridgett

Kendall

Milkweed and mercy

Louise

Kennedy

Plagium

Marjorie

Kennedy

The Smiles

Alan

Keogh

Snow Load

Liz

Kerr

Minor Ways of Being

Olivia

Kiernan

Black Socks

Noel

King

THE CONVENER

Stella

Klein

Cats

Harriet

Kline

The Beauty Contest

William

Konarzewski

The Renaissance of Thomas Bilney

William

Konarzewski

The Ambassador’s PA

David

Kotok

The Protagonists

Kieran

Lambe

A Small Unfinished Life

Maria

Lane

The Siren of the Central Line

John

Langan

Marie

Lauren

Lawler

The Sheer Joy of It All

Stephen

Leach

Empty Nest

Johanna

Leahy

The Faithful Look Away

Melissa

Lee-Houghton

Within these walls

Simon

Lee-Price

The Fourth of July

Kathryn

Legan

A Man About a Dog

M.B.

Lennon

Deserters

Julia

Lichtblau

Debbie Does Doomsday

Lex

Lindsay

THE BLACK LACE DRESS

Sarah C

Linnane

Lost

Julie

Lockwood

Everybody Wants Baby Girls

k

Lockwood Jefford

Paul Newman Eyes

k

Lockwood Jefford

MISERY LOVES COMPANY

joe

lombo

Good For Carving A Turkey

virginia

lowes

John’s Bird

Annie

Lowney

Summer, 2002

Nancy

Ludmerer

Second Home

Nancy

Ludmerer

The Year of Four

Nancy

Ludmerer

Executions

Robert

Lumsden

The Remedy

Robert

Lumsden

Nobody knows the shivering stars

Niamh

MacCabe

Dirty Silver on the Matt Black Rock

Niamh

MacCabe

The Dark Unfathomable Solace Remembered

Niamh

MacCabe

The Lark Ascending

Niamh

MacCabe

Hirundo Rustica

Niamh

MacCabe

This is Unravel

Niamh

MacCabe

No Fall from Lie

Niamh

MacCabe

Raindance

Soudabeh

MacClancy

Kelly’s Eye

Janis

Mackay

Tattletale,1994

Maggie

Mackay

Running with the Dog

Bobby

MacPherson

The Living Must Eat

Meagan

Macvie

The Uninvited

Andre

Mangeot

Guitar Hero

Louise

Mangos

Endpoint

Keeley

Mansfield

Spirit in the Sky

Nick

Marsden

Lost On the Way to Paradise

Nicola

Martin

Certain Trains

David

Mathews

The Weather at the Dinner Table

Jo

Mazelis

The Hotel

Jo

Mazelis

Everyone Here Has a Story

Eamon

Mc Guinness

Man in a Shed

James

McCabe

TOM DEMPSEY AND THE MIDDAY TIGER

John

McCabe

A Pocket Full of Matches

mahon

mccann

Maggie’s Straw Hat

Veronica

McGivney

Evie

Anna

McGrail

Kill The Craic

David

McGrath

The Ballybailte Donkey Derby

David

McGrath

An energetic chorus of love

Trisha

McKinney

Shopping Centre

Catherine

McLoughlin

Knight Meets Octopus

Thomas

McNally

THE WINTER THEY WIDENED THE ROAD

Petra

McNulty

Name The Dead

Catherine

Menon

Armstrong

Erinna

Mettler

Blue, red, blue, red, blue

jennifer

mills

Dog Days

GUY

MITCHELL

That Was How

GUY

MITCHELL

Handsome

GUY

MITCHELL

What About Me Mikey?

GUY

MITCHELL

My Cousin Harold

Jim

Moeller

Like Christians At A Suicide

Stuart

Molloy

A corrupt little exercise

Donal

Moloney

And now this

Donal

Moloney

Not Like Water

Safia

Moore

Elevation

Luke

Morgan

Russian biscuits are best

Vicki

Morley

Blue

Linda

Moser

Slainte

Linda

Moser

Lancaster Street

Linda

Moser

Lone Tree Hill

Nikki

Mottram

A Nun’s Arse

James

Mulhern

Rabbit Starvation

craig

mullineaux

Me and Peter James McGee

Pauline

Murphy

Brogan On Adelaide Park

Andrew

Murphy

The Fight

Daniel

Murphy

Frogs; The City

Aengus

Murray

He, revisited

Aongus

Murtagh

Dead Things

Kate

Myers

This is not a Fairytale

M

N/A

Charade

May

Nasr

Hit Me Like You Mean It

Farid

Nassif

Grime

martin

nathan

Almost Theides

Manini

Nayar

Almost Angels

Charles

Nevin

THE GREEN SHIRT

Peter

Newall

CHERRY VARENIKI

Peter

Newall

Borderline

Richard

Newton

The Unknown Visitor

Michael

Noonan

Baby Dragon

john

norry

Glassblown Stars

Lily

Nueva

Intensive Care

Anne

O’Brien

Silence

Tom

O’Brien

Pitch

Amanda

O’Callaghan

The Buddy Dharma

Fiona

O’Connor

The Obituary

Clare

O’Dea

Fr Tom

Malachi

O’Doherty

Just Like You

John

O’Donnell

May Day ’99

Jim

O’Donoghue

Accident on Slowackiego Street

Jim

O’Donoghue

Corner Boys and a Boot Girl

Anthony

O’Donovan

Sunrise

Sean

O’Leary

Thursday Nights at the Parochial House

Jane

O’Neill

Ghosts and Giants

clare

O’reilly

Out Foreign

Mary

O’Shea

Teenagers

Terry

O’Shea

Strays

Donal

O’Sullivan

Inheritance

Kath

O’Sullivan

Sea Saw

Liz

O’Sullivan

The End of Every Step

Sarah

Olson

The Plain

Jonathan

Page

One in, one out

R

Parker

Dissenters

Stuart

Paterson

Business as usual at The Yew Tree

Hannah

Persaud

Aequanimitas: Or, How to Fall Out of Love

Frances

Phillips

Bad Day for a Prank

Matt

Pigott

Like Bonnie and Clyde

Jonathan

Pinnock

What’s in a Name?

Mark

Piper

Secret Rendezvous

Elizabeth

Player

Ghostie Boy

Stephen

Policoff

The Switchover

Jim

Power

Home from War

brendan

price

Nu-life

Chris

Price

ONE MOUTH

Clare

Pugh

A POSTHUMOUS EMBRACE

Troy

Ratcliffe

WILL A SPARROW MOURN FOR JIMMY ALDRIDGE?

Troy

Ratcliffe

The Vanishing

David

Rea

Pillow Talk

Paula

Read

House that Jack Built

Russell

Reader

HAPPY NOW

Alex

Reece Abbott

The Cat and The Mouse

David

Revel

Men of Science, Men of God

Amanda

Reynolds

Dialogue

Michael

Rhodes

Cwtch

Jane

Roberts

Hercules Versus the Unicorn Army

Jane

Roberts

Make mine whisky

Sue

Robertson

After The Last Train Left.

Glenn

Robinson

Exhibit A

Tessa

Robinson

Lines of Resistance

John

Rodgers

The Day Our Ship Came In

Toby

Roebuck

When I See You Again

pauline

rooney

the worlds greatest bachelor

pauline

rooney

Sea Fret

Dilys

Rose

Look there’s a light in the Drumlins.

Sean

Ross

A Quiet Frontier

a.m

ruiz

Letter to a Friend

Paola

Ruocco

An Overnight Success

Valerie

Ryan

The Rub of the Green

Lynn

Sadler

Phenomenology

Michele

Sagan

The Spirit of Repentance

Michele

Sagan

Dost-e-Whisky

Bashir

Sakhawarz

Anton and the Giant Scale of Justice: A Tale for Adults

Nivien

Saleh

First and Last

Tom

Sanderson

Membrane

Sabah

Sanhouri

Curtain Call

Richard

Scarsbrook

Tiger

Lynette

Schinke

Maddie Alone

Jane

Seaford

A French Exit

peter

sear

The Inflation

Ian

Sears

Eel

Stefanie

Seddon

Zoomorphic Juvenescence

Bikram

Sharma

Cousin Peter

Barry

Sheils

Trophy

Tara

Sherman

Mountain and the Boots

Brie

Sherow

The Road With Reasons

AHJIN

SHIM

The Good Old Days of Evil

Gareth

Shore

The Queen’s Tale

Fiona

Skepper

the receiver

Tracey

Slaughter

Three Memories of a Young Dragon

Dan

Sofaer

In the Empty Heart of a Continent

Edmund

Soohoo

Mrs Weber

Daniel

Soule

James Dean Daydream

Ruby

Speechley

The McAn Man

Brian

Spellman

Chasing Dreams through Nightmares

Brian

Spellman

Just Visiting

Sofia

Stambolieva

Monster: Eight Letters?

Lindsay

Stanberry-Flynn

Her Own Woman

Lindsay

Staniforth

Returns

John

Staples

The Air Con Queen

Shanna

Streich

9th and Pine, 1989

Sam

Sudar

Oviparous

Sam

Sudar

The Menace at the Gate (but not the same as last time)

Janet

Swinney

In May

Jasmine

Szabo-Knox

Sundowners

Mandy

Taggart

Richard’s Grief

catherine

talbot

One of Those Things

Daniel

Tantanella

Mother’s Keepers

Jeff

Taylor

The Sea

Tracey

Taylor

Second Lives

Lisa C.

Taylor

Full of Grace

Phyllida

Taylor

A WOMAN’S INTUIUTION

Judith

Tipping

SHIRLEY’S GOLD HERITAGE

Neila

Todd

Snake Oil for the Third Millennium

Peter

Tonkin

Odin’s Birds

Sylvia

Torti

Salt

Kate

Tregaskis

The Sun And The Moon Were Out

Annette

Trevitt

Fish Eye

Adam

Trodd

Angel of death

Marcus

Tse

Graduation Day

Jennie

Tucker

The Stolen Day

Jennie

Tucker

Revelations At The Hot Spot

Jennie

Tucker

Perilous Illusions

George

Tuohy

Nashville

Judith

Turner-Yamamoto

How Do You Know Them?

Dave

Tynan

Semi-Beauty and the Beast

Emily Claire

Utley

Abducted And Raped By Aliens

Bob

Van Laerhoven

Ducks

Peter

Vey

Flattery’s Tale

Michael

Vigor

Two Nothing

Martin

Wakefield

The Scent of Oranges

Francesca

Walsh

The French Exchange

Elizabeth

Walter

Fisherman’s Rib

Phillipa

Warden Hill

Casserole Queens

Bill

Watkins

The Boy Who Ran

Christoph

Weber

Courtship

Philippa

West

“The Setting Sun”

Star

Westbrook Earle

African Grey

melanie

whipman

A Lesson in Collaboration

Polly Ann

White

Grapefruit

Ellen

Wiles

Landlady Of The Flies

Michelle

Wilker

Silos

Scott

Williamson

Of Human Frailty

Sarah

Willis

The Gilt Thief

Chloe

Wilson

The Reviewer

Michele

Wong

Pisces

Susan

Wood

Charlie’s Book

Peter

Woodbridge

bRuddy

David

Woods

Iced Buns for Barry

james

woolf

Shifting Stuff

James Bernie

Yeo

I Believe in Miracles

Richard

Ziglar

Faith in the Unreal World

Les

Zigomanis

 

 

SHORTLIST: Fish Short Story Prize 2015 (143 stories selected from 1,400)

TITLE

Name Surname

The Duel

 

 

The Hole in the Fence

Christine

Adamson

Conceptual

Cait

Atherton

Me & Mr. Tinkles

Thomas

Atkinson

Unknown Bulky Contents

Paul

Bassett Davies

Come in for a Cocktail

kate

beales

Clair de Lune

Susan

Bennett

He’s the One

Anthony

Brophy

“cotton and crème”

Chad

Broughman

         THE JUNGLE

josephine

bruni

A Summer’s Day Odyssey

Kathryn

Burke

A Little Trouble with the Spirits

Deborah

Cameron

Skye

Neil

Campbell

If our reduction is not stereospecific,

then how can our product

be enantiomerically pure?

Aoife

Casby

Jokes in lemon juice

Lezanne

Clannachan

What I’ve Got

Amanda

Coats

Hanging Houses

Kathy

Conde

Troll

chrs

connolly

Lady from America

john austin

connolly

GIRL IN KNOTS!

Priscilla

Corbin

The Party Poodle

jacqui

corcoran

Myles To Go

Frank

Cossa

The Lion

Steve

Crow

Kindred Spirits

Maureen

Cullen

Seeking Treasure

Patricia

Davis

Bella

Diane

Demeter

To Woo

Anthony

Dew

UNDER THE OAK

Cáit R

Doherty-Coogan

Brothers-in-arms

Ray

Dolphin

Iscariot

Anne

Donnelly

Bengal Terrace

Dermot

Duffy

Be A Man

Julia

Dunne

Heaven

Owen

Dwyer

Big Fish

Michael

Erickson

Head Shrink

Alun

Evans

Loggerheads

Emer

Fallon

The Stoneman’s Wife

chris

fitzgerald

Apocalypse Systems

Stephen

Flanagan

Molly & Jack at the Seaside

Lauren

Foley

Regula Et Vita

Larry

Fondation

The Fontanel

Thomas

Froyland

Runt

gerard

galvin

Agatha Earle

Tiffanie

George

Aliens

David

Gibson

Islands

Penny

Gibson

Class Reunion

Joseph

Golombek, Jr.

Quixby

Michael

Green

Circle City

Robert

Grindy

The Net

Jacqueline P

Haskell

The Burglar Trap

Lander

Hawes

The Distance

keren

heenan

Out of the Shadows

Sarah

Hegarty

Insane Reality

Michele

Henningham

Why I Live In Mississippi

Phyllis

Hollenbeck

The Mugging Plague

Jeremy

Howell

When They Kissed They Really Kissed:

A Story in Three Stories

The Man

in the Black Pyjamas

A birthday present

Gail

Ingram

DONNELLY

jones

irwin

Another Day at the Office

Julian

Jackson

Six Million Dollar Boys

Barry

Jacques

Her Rocket Ship Still Falling Up

Alice

Jolly

I Have My Suspicions About That

Alice

Jolly

Beetle Mania

Peter

Jump

The Renaissance of Thomas Bilney

William

Konarzewski

The Sheer Joy of It All

Stephen

Leach

The Faithful Look Away

Melissa

Lee-Houghton

The Fourth of July

Kathryn

Legan

A Man About a Dog

M.B.

Lennon

Deserters

Julia

Lichtblau

Debbie Does Doomsday

Lex

Lindsay

Paul Newman Eyes

k

Lockwood Jefford

Summer, 2002

Nancy

Ludmerer

Second Home

Nancy

Ludmerer

The Year of Four

Nancy

Ludmerer

The Lark Ascending

Niamh

MacCabe

Hirundo Rustica

Niamh

MacCabe

This is Unravel

Niamh

MacCabe

No Fall from Lie

Niamh

MacCabe

Lost On the Way to Paradise

Nicola

Martin

Man in a Shed

James

McCabe

TOM DEMPSEY AND THE MIDDAY TIGER

John

McCabe

Shopping Centre

Catherine

McLoughlin

Name The Dead

Catherine

Menon

Armstrong

Erinna

Mettler

Blue, red, blue, red, blue

jennifer

mills

Handsome

GUY

MITCHELL

What About Me Mikey?

GUY

MITCHELL

Like Christians At A Suicide

Stuart

Molloy

A corrupt little exercise

Donal

Moloney

And now this

Donal

Moloney

Not Like Water

Safia

Moore

Elevation

Luke

Morgan

Russian biscuits are best

Vicki

Morley

Lancaster Street

Linda

Moser

A Nun’s Arse

James

Mulhern

Brogan On Adelaide Park

Andrew

Murphy

The Fight

Daniel

Murphy

Frogs; The City

Aengus

Murray

Dead Things

Kate

Myers

Hit Me Like You Mean It

Farid

Nassif

Almost Theides

Manini

Nayar

Almost Angels

Charles

Nevin

CHERRY VARENIKI

Peter

Newall

Borderline

Richard

Newton

Silence

Tom

O’Brien

Pitch

Amanda

O’Callaghan

The Buddy Dharma

Fiona

O’Connor

Aequanimitas: Or, How to Fall Out of Love

Frances

Phillips

WILL A SPARROW MOURN FOR JIMMY ALDRIDGE?

Troy

Ratcliffe

The Vanishing

David

Rea

The Cat and The Mouse

David

Revel

Dialogue

Michael

Rhodes

Hercules Versus the Unicorn Army

Jane

Roberts

Make mine whisky

Sue

Robertson

the worlds greatest bachelor

pauline

rooney

A Quiet Frontier

a.m

ruiz

First and Last

Tom

Sanderson

Zoomorphic Juvenescence

Bikram

Sharma

Cousin Peter

Barry

Sheils

Mountain and the Boots

Brie

Sherow

the receiver

Tracey

Slaughter

Three Memories of a Young Dragon

Dan

Sofaer

James Dean Daydream

Ruby

Speechley

Chasing Dreams through Nightmares

Brian

Spellman

Oviparous

Sam

Sudar

The Menace at the Gate (but not the same as last time)

Janet

Swinney

In May

Jasmine

Szabo-Knox

Richard’s Grief

catherine

talbot

Second Lives

Lisa C.

Taylor

Full of Grace

Phyllida

Taylor

Salt

Kate

Tregaskis

The Sun And The Moon Were Out

Annette

Trevitt

Nashville

Judith

Turner-Yamamoto

Abducted And Raped By Aliens

Bob

Van Laerhoven

Ducks

Peter

Vey

Flattery’s Tale

Michael

Vigor

The Scent of Oranges

Francesca

Walsh

African Grey

melanie

whipman

Of Human Frailty

Sarah

Willis

The Gilt Thief

Chloe

Wilson

The Reviewer

Michele

Wong

Shifting Stuff

James Bernie

Yeo

I Believe in Miracles

Richard

Ziglar

 

 

 

WINNERS of the 2015 Fish Short Story Prize

The ten stories chosen by judge Kevin Barry will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology, which will be launched at the West Cork Literary Festival in July ‘16. We would like to thank Kevin for giving his time and expertise, judging the prize. His comments on the winning stories are with each title below.

Congratulations to the ten winners, their stories emerging from a field of 1,400.

The long and short lists will be published within the next day or two on the Fish website.

*The 2016 Fish Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. Judge is Neel Mukherjee. Closing 30 Nov. *

1st (The prize is €3,000, and a creative writing workshop with Claire Keegan at the West Cork Literary Festival).
Frogs; The City by Aengus Murray (Dublin, Ireland)

This is a story that mightn’t be for everyone but it was totally up my street. I was really sucked into its world – I found it utterly convincing. It’s a kind of a fable that leans in towards reality and then quickly pulls back from it again. It’s got a really lovely voice; it’s tone or note is very well got indeed. The story is as funny and sad as its memorable narrator. Like the best stories, its workings are mysterious – you don’t know how it all holds together, but it does.

2nd (The prize is €300 and a week’s residence at Anam Cara Writers Retreat).
When They Kissed They Really Kissed by The Man in the Black Pyjamas (Dublin, Ireland)

A really interesting structure, with some tremendous writing all the way through. There’s a real intensity to it. I’m not sure if the story benefits when its references to The Dead are brought above the surface – I don’t think it needs these to work on its own terms; or maybe they could be left submerged.  But this is a quibble against a very, very fine piece of work. A real writer is pulling the strings on this one.

3rd (The prize is €300)
Conceptual by Cait Atherton (UK)

This is very funny, and the voice is so very well done, but then it all builds up to something even funnier, and darker. And it’s very touching, too. It threw me – I should have twigged where it was going but I didn’t, at all. Great stuff.

Runners-up.
Circle City by Robert Grindy (Illinois, USA)

Tremendous comic energy and characterisation. Great on place and the detail seems to be very authentic. Maybe there’s a tendency to tell a little more than show but it’s a terrific story.

Clair de Lune by Susan Bennett (Australia)

The writing wears its finery unashamedly. It’s very sensitive to time, place, mores. It tells a good old-fashioned story.

To Woo by Anthony Dew (York, England)

I really like our odd little narrator friend. The story is funny and strange and it keeps the reader guessing. And I very much like the nutty ending.

Nashville by Judith Turner-Yamamoto (Cincinatti, Ohio, USA)

A very well-made story, and it’s full of real feeling, with a wealth of harsh nostalgia. It captures precisely the moment in a young life when all seems lost but all may yet be there to play for.

Me And Mr Tinkles by Thomas Atkinson (Ohio, USA)

This is a story that builds very powerfully, line by line, and then builds some more. I think it’s conceivably one draft short of where it should be but it has a real effect on the reader, and the ending is tremendous.

Jokes in Lemon Juice by Lezanne Clanachan (West Sussex, UK, via Denmark)

There is some very nice and unexpected detail in this. The story carries real emotion and a kind of strangeness, too, which I found oddly moving. 

The Sun And The Moon Were Out by Annette Trevitt (Victoria, Australia)

A tangled web of a story, again with great detail all along the way.  It keeps the thumb moving through the pages, and the style is very fine.

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Chief Editor at Fish Wins Bridport Poetry Prize

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Mary-Jane Holmes Wins Bridport Poetry Prize Mary-Jane Holmes, chief editor at Fish has added the prestigious Bridport Prize for Poetry to her gathering tally of prizes. Read more. Competition Judge Lemn Sissy wrote –  “The winning poem is ‘Siren Call’.  I am drawn to a bleak coastal town. I am drawn by sound. It is like a short […]

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