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Results: Short Memoir Contest 2016
Winners, Shortlist and Longlist

Results: Fish Short Memoir Contest 2016

Competition Judge Carlo Gebler has reached his decisions on the winners. The ten memoirs he has chosen will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology. The Anthology will be launched at the West Cork Literary Festival in July. 

Winners

Shortlist

LongList

WINNERS: Short Memoir Prize 2016

1st
The Way I Tell It by Angela Readman (Newcastle, England)

Bleak, affecting, simple, pure, absolutely convincing, and also complete; it told me everything from start to finish that I needed to know and there’s nothing in the material that requires amplification. The opposite of this is also true: there’s nothing here that should be subtracted either.  The writer of this piece is completely in control of the material.  The piece is easy to read but I know an enormous amount was required to get it to that stage.

2nd
Dead Hand by Gwen Sayers (Harrow, England)Gwen Sayers

An astonishing slice of memoir that neatly and ingeniously combines crime, sleuthing and deep personal experience of the South African public health system.  Rivetting, disturbing, compelling.

3rd
Still Life with Cemetery by Teresa Hudson

This is a complex and complicated narrative that combines fraught personal family history (fraught because of the narrator’s family’s involvement in slavery in the American South) with a description of how, in America, the unhappy past is remembered or not, now, in the early twenty-first century.  The writer’s ambition was admirable and the writer’s honesty was searing.

Runners-up:

This is the Boat that Dad Built  by Jane Fraser (Swansea, Wales)

Moon Over River, 1956 by John Killeen (Ireland)

Tell It On The Mountain by Eileen P. Keane (Ireland)

Burning Bridge by Barry McKinley

First Kiss by Sarah Leigh (Cheshire, England)

Stepfathers by Sarah Tirri

Setting the Water by Diane Simmons

 

 

 

SHORLIST: Short Memoir Prize 2016

 

TITLE

First Name

Surname

Hold Very Tight Please

Geraldine

Anslow

The Who, December 3, 1979

Mike

Ashmore

Skeleton in the Closet (a bio-vignette)

Bjel

Bakker

Airport – Blackbushe

Mark

Blackburn

Festival for a Goddess

Terese

Brasen

Happy as a Pig

Tracy

Brighten

Jailtime

Jay

Bugg

Dormit in Pace

Aran

Burrows

The Visitors

Alan

Coley

Yellow House On The High Side

Celeste

Cooper

The Visitation

Marion

Crouchman

The Name Game

Jackie

Davis-Martin

The Year of the Worm

Fiona

Deverell

Dear Steven

Susan

Dillon

Escape Velocity or
There Must Be 50 Ways to Leave ‘The Family’

Lisa

Duggan

Trial by Fire

Janet

Duignan

Cynic

Chris

Fay

The Last Day

Stuart

Fisher

Hush Little Baby

Cathy

Foustanellis

Gone Away with Marilyn

JONATHAN

FRANK

This is the Boat that Dad Built

Jane

Fraser

The Color Pink

Diana

Gittins

Blue Hills and Chalk Bones

Sinéad

Gleeson

Parties, Pianos and Plumbing

Sheila

Gray

Begin then

John

Gredler

Church Point, December 2015

Winton

Higgins

September Spam, 2014

Richard

Holeton

Still Life with Cemetery:
A Brief Memoir of a Place

Teresa

Hudson

We Are Going To Be Rich

Louise

Ihringer

LIVING WITH ANTI-SEMITISM

Renate

Justin

Go Tell It On The Mountain

Eileen

Keane

Moon over River, 1956

John

Killeen

The Way To Go

William

Lannigan

First Kiss

Sarah

Leigh

Confessions of a Fruit Thief

Cathy

Leonard

Hatching an Avocado

GAY

LYNCH

When Knute Rockne Died

Sheila

MacAvoy

War Games

Andrew

Maynard

The Cage

John

McBride

Burning Bridge

Barry

McKinley

CECI NE PAS UNE PIPE:
IT’S A MEMOIR

Michael

McManus

European Starling

Mark D.

Miller

The Meaning of Home

Melissa

Neff

trashman loves maree

warwick

Newnham

Teasie and Paddy

Jane

O’Neill

War is not suitable for Children

Judith

O’Connor

In Harm’s Way

Mary

Pecaut

Children Are Easy

Katerina

protopsaltis

The Way I Tell It

angela

readman

Some Bits of Broken China

Sheelagh

Russell-Brown

Eve’s Choice: The Power of Apples

Esther Phoebe

Rutter

Dead Hand

Gwen

Sayers

The Great Bed-Switching Caper

debby

seguin

‘Friend, when you die….’

Barry

Sheils

Setting the Water

Diane

Simmons

A Pact

Lynn

Smailes

One Eyed in Juarez

Morgan

Smith

B.L.E.S.

wilma

stark

What if the Pastor’s Wife Wants to Quit?

Carrie

Stephens

Enduring Passion

Riba

Taylor

Stepfathers

Sarah

Tirri

Bath Café Days

Stella

Townson

The Head’s Office

Angus

Walker

Good Girl

Alice

Walsh

Songs to be Heard

angela

yeoman

 

 

 

LONGLIST: Short Memoir Prize 2016

 

TITLE

First Name

Surname

In a Mill Town

Michelle

Adserias

Hold Very Tight Please

Geraldine

Anslow

Archipelago – A Memoir

Maria

Arena

The Who, December 3, 1979

Mike

Ashmore

Skeleton in the Closet (a bio-vignette)

Bjel

Bakker

An Irish American Woman in Australia

Bjel

Bakker

The Dentists Visit

James

Balian

Bye-bye Mzungu

Jo

Barker Scott

Brujería

Akesha

Baron

Sunday School

Amanda          

Bell

LONG SENTENCES

jessic

berens

Help! My Bucket List has Sprung a Leak

Laurie

Best

Mr. Iyenaga and I

Kate

Birchenough

Airport – Blackbushe

Mark

Blackburn

Ashes to Ashes

Mark

Blackburn

Taking Tea with Joseph Needham

Michael

Bloor

I Learned to play the Piano at age 91.

Alma

Bond

Letter WIth No Address

Sandi

Bowie

Festival for a Goddess

Terese

Brasen

Rommel’s Left Hook

David

Brennan

Not A Little Us

Carol

BrickStock

Happy as a Pig

Tracy

Brighten

The Quilt

michelle

brock

Only 400 Miles

Jane

Bryce

Jailtime

Jay

Bugg

Hoover Dam

Jacob

Burris

Dormit in Pace

Aran

Burrows

Still Life

Carol

Caffrey

Bedrock

Deborah

Cameron

Soul Crows

michael

casey

Hitching on a combine harvester

Nicola

Cassidy

T-Shirts For Sale

Elisa

Chalem

Esso Blues

Mark

Clarke

THE COLONEL’S WIFE

Susanna

Clayson

In My Father’s Store

Elaine

Cohen

Drawn From Life

Catherine

Coldstream

The Visitors

Alan

Coley

The Cure

Monica

Connell

Yellow House On The High Side

Celeste

Cooper

Memoir: Voyage to Nigeria

Patrick

Courtney

Going Away and Coming Hame

Ann

Craig

The Bones of a Story

Martin

Cromie

The Visitation

Marion

Crouchman

Dead Kittens

Alexandra

D’Arcy

Unravelling Dad

Rebecca

Dalton

Maternal Lines

Lauren

Daniels

An English Girl in New York

Rosie

Dastgir

When Egypt Was in Israel Land

Catherine

Davidson

The Name Game

Jackie

Davis-Martin

Lux Sit

Anna

Denisch

The Year of the Worm

Fiona

Deverell

Dear Steven

Susan

Dillon

In An Instant

Melissa

Disharoon

Smelling of Roses

Jim

Ditchfield

The Hungry Slavs

Bosi

Djukic

Salt: A World History

Mira

Dougherty-Johnson

On The Way

Diana

Dr. Radovan

Control

Laura

Dromerick

Escape Velocity or
There Must Be 50 Ways to Leave ‘The Family’

Lisa

Duggan

Trial by Fire

Janet

Duignan

The Outcrop

Yvonne

Egan-Petzal

Shit called tragedy

Sally

Elsbury

It begins and ends with the sea

Michelle

Elvy

Much More Important than That

Oliver

Farry

Cynic

Chris

Fay

The Last Day

Stuart

Fisher

You Try Not To

Lauren

Foley

Hush Little Baby

Cathy

Foustanellis

Gone Away with Marilyn

JONATHAN

FRANK

This is the Boat that Dad Built

Jane

Fraser

Words

Jane

Fraser

A Tale of Two Cities

Jane

Fraser

A Numbers Game

Jane

Fraser

Here to Get My Daddy out of Jail

Hester

Furey

Keeping Up the Conversation

Linda

Gibson

The Color Pink

Diana

Gittins

Mercury Retrograde

Diana

Gittins

Blue Hills and Chalk Bones

Sinéad

Gleeson

Memoir Of A Dream Interpreter

Dan

Gollub

Sweetness and Light and Bump in the Night

Dolores

Gough

Parties, Pianos and Plumbing

Sheila

Gray

Begin then

John

Gredler

What The Stranger Gave Them

Alyson

Hallett

Outside the Story

JoeAnn

Hart

Mottsy

James

Hartley

Skin deep

J.D.

Hellsinger

The trouble with being born to be alive

Marcy Rae

Henry

Church Point, December 2015

Winton

Higgins

September Spam, 2014

Richard

Holeton

Do That Again

Sue

Holroyd

Chin Chin!

Alannah

Hopkin

Still Life with Cemetery:
A Brief Memoir of a Place

Teresa

Hudson

We Are Going To Be Rich

Louise

Ihringer

English Pigs.

Lauren

Iozzi

Stations of the Cross

Jason

Irwin

An Unrepentant Itinerant

Migel

Jayasinghe

Kilcolman A Visitation

Doreena

Jennings

WHAT MEN WANT

Sandra

Jensen

The Carnivore

Lone Veirup

Johansen

LEARNING TO FLY

Elizabeth

Jones

LIVING WITH ANTI-SEMITISM

Renate

Justin

Sometimes You Have Elevation

marilyn

katz

Go Tell It On The Mountain

eileen

keane

Moon over River, 1956

John

Killeen

Vindication at The Ritz

John

Killeen

The Desert and a Pack of Lucky Strikes

Chris

Knodel

Festivals

Simon

Korner

Shreds

Peter

Lamb

Primary Education

Kathleen

Langstroth

The Way To Go

William

Lannigan

Mexico–Summer of ’69

William

Lannigan

A Father’s Flowers

Frank

Lee

The summer Murray Shackshaft ate the laburnum

Janet

Lees

First Kiss

Sarah

Leigh

Ruminations About Murder from Attica State Prison

John

Lennon

Confessions of a Fruit Thief

Cathy

Leonard

Crocodile Tears

Rozanna

Lilley

Copy That

Angela

Long

Hatching an Avocado

GAY

LYNCH

When Knute Rockne Died

Sheila

MacAvoy

Dirty Silver on the Matt Black Rock

Niamh

MacCabe

To Thee do we send up our sighs

Niamh

MacCabe

The colour of night

Lorna

Malone

Fear of the Storm

Louise

Mangos

Gardening at Night

Una

Mannion

Call of the Peacock

Sherri

Matthews

War Games

Andrew

Maynard

The Cage

John

McBride

Rendering Elizabeth

Mairead

McCann

SAINT FRANCIS

Alan

McCormick

A History of My Family in Three Soft Fruits

Gareth

McKeown

Burning Bridge

Barry

McKinley

CECI NE PAS UNE PIPE:
IT’S A MEMOIR

Michael

McManus

PATER MEUM – MY FATHER

Marie

McMillan

The Test

Val

Melhop

Through the Wringer

Margaret

Milardo

European Starling

Mark D.

Miller

The Waiting Game

Jessie

Miller

Miranda and her Madam

Jan

Moran Neil

Living With the Dead

deirdre

murray

The Ark

Darlin’

Neal

The Meaning of Home

Melissa

Neff

trashman loves maree

warwick

newnham

The Red Dress

Bo

Niles

Memoir of a Teenage Rebel in the GPO

Richard

O’Leary

Teasie and Paddy

Jane

O’Neill

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

MARIS

O’ROURKE

War is not suitable for Children

Judith

OConnor

Leprechauns and Antlers

Judith

OConnor

Ski Thrills

Judith

OConnor

In Harm’s Way

Mary

Pecaut

Class Divisions

Jeanine

Pfeiffer

Children Are Easy

Katerina

protopsaltis

The Way I Tell It

angela

readman

My Island Home

Peter

Rodgers

Remembering Memphis

Peter

Rodgers

Some Bits of Broken China

Sheelagh

Russell-Brown

Eve’s Choice: The Power of Apples

Esther Phoebe

Rutter

Cockpit Fly.

Gretchen

Ryan

Baba Ghaibi

Bashir

Sakhawarz

Welcome to Canada

Victoria

Sarne

Dead Hand

Gwen

Sayers

The Great Bed-Switching Caper

debby

seguin

‘Friend, when you die….’

Barry

Sheils

Setting the Water

Diane

Simmons

From Shore to Sea

Elizabeth

Simpson

Sarah Wrestles Obedience

Elizabeth

Sinclair

A Pact

Lynn

Smailes

One Eyed in Juarez

Morgan

Smith

Bite

Carly

Smith

Fakhrul and I

Hilary

Standing

B.L.E.S.

wilma

stark

A BLAST OF CHRISTMAS PAST

wilma

stark

What if the Pastor’s Wife Wants to Quit?

Carrie

Stephens

I Can’t Find My Teeth

Trudy

Swenson

Enduring Passion

Riba

Taylor

TWO WEEKS ONE SUMMER

JANET

TEAL DANIEL

The last days of summer

Mary

Thompson

You (and His Demons on Leashes)

Taylor

Thornton

Stepfathers

Sarah

Tirri

Bath Café Days

Stella

Townson

Wait

Elsa

Valmidiano

Staying Alive

Alexis

VanDeventer

The Head’s Office

Angus

Walker

Good Girl

Alice

Walsh

Our Shop

Liz

Walsh

Home From Home

Chris

Weldon

Brothers Katrin

Bradley

Wester

First Year Corridors

Catherine

White

This is Not the Way Home

Jo

Wilko

Knowing

Pamela

Woolford

We Are Waiting

Ruth

Wyer

Songs to be Heard

angela

yeoman

First Kiss

Jill

Young

 

 

 

 

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