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Past Winners of  Fish Writing Contests.

Many of the authors who have their story published in the Annual Fish Anthology, have subsequently had further publications and even gone on to be house-hold names. Fish Writers

Here is a list of the overall winners. To find all of the authors published in Fish Anthologies, see Fish Books

 

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Short Story Contest – Overall Winners

1996: The Stranger by Molly McCloskey (biography)

1997: Dog Days by Karl Iagnemma (biography)

1998: Scrap Magic by Richard O’Reilly

1999: From the Bering Strait by Gina Ochsner (read)

2000: Five O’Clock Shadow Kathryn Hughes 2001: Asylum 1928 by Maureen E. O’Neill (read)

2002: Franklin’s Grace by Catherine L. Dowd

2003: Feathers & Cigarettes by Andrew Lloyd-Jones (read)

2004: Spoonface by Freda Churches

2005: The Mountains of Mars by Marc Phillips (biography)

2006: Grandmother, Girl, Wolf by Katie Henderson

2007: A Paper Heart Is Beating, A Paper Boat Sets Sail by Kathleen Murray (read)

2008: Harlem River Blues by Julia Van Middlesworth

2009: Ten Pint Ted by Ian Wild (read)

2010: A Matter of Luck by Jane Camens

2011: The Space Between Louis and Me by Mary O’Donnell (read)

2012: Roommates by Linda Heurin

2013: The Nut Machine by Sally Franicevich

2014: Taylor Keith by David Butler

2015: The Pace of Change by Chris Weldon

2016: Frogs; The City by Aengus Murray

 

Flash Fiction Contest – Overall Winners

2004: Countdown to Ecstasy by Adrian Wistreich

2005: Postcard From New York by Tom Murry
2005: Believe It by Brian Tiernan

2006: Out of Order by Clorinda Smith

2007: Skaters by Patricia Middleton

2008: Will we go on Ahead and Wait for You by Michael Logan

2009: In the Car by Bernadette M. Smyth

2010: Darling Mummy by Zoe Sinclair

2011: The Long Wet Grass by Seamus Scanlon (read)

2012: Serene Suburban Sunday by John Mulligan

2013: Jennifer’s Piano by Ken Elkes

2014: A Theory of Relativity by Sally Ashton

2015: Trashfish by Chloe Wilson

2016: The Young Brown Bear by Julie Netherton

 

Poetry Prize – Overall Winners

2006: The Siren Lovers by Richard Rudd

2007: The Island Grows on Me by Tim Lenton

2008: The Stolen Sheela Ni Gig of Aghagower Speaks by Jean O’Brien

2009: The Locksmith by Annie Atkins

2010: Limbo by Catherine Phil MacCarthy

2011: string theory by Ken Taylor

2012: What Remains by Martin Childs

2013: Against Forgetting by Andy Kissane

2014: Pacific Rim by Chris Andrews

2015: Saint John’s Primary School Nativity. Nineteen Years On. by Tessa Maude

2016: Death of a Refugee by Ciaran O’Rourke

 

Short Memoir Contest – Overall Winners

2012: Music Today? by Stephen Policoff

2013: Luscus by Maureen Boyle

2014: In the Dark Garden by Kirstin Zhang

2015: Throat of Morning by Wendell Hawken

2016: The Way I Tell It by Angela Readman

Fish Books

Fish Anthology 2017

Fish Anthology 2017

Dead Souls has the magic surplus of meaning that characterises fine examples of the form – Neel Mukherjee
I was looking for terrific writing of course – something Fish attracts in spades, and I was richly rewarded right across the spectrum – Vanessa Gebbie
Really excellent – skilfully woven – Chris Stewart
Remarkable – Jo Shapcott


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Fish Anthology 2016

The practitioners of the art of brevity and super-brevity whose work is in this book have mastered the skills and distilled and double-distilled their work like the finest whiskey.


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Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco

Sunrise Sunset

€12  (incl. p&p)   Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco Read Irish Times review by Claire Looby Surreal, sad, zany, funny, Tina Pisco’s stories are drawn from gritty experience as much as the swirling clouds of the imagination.  An astute, empathetic, sometimes savage observer, she brings her characters to life. They dance themselves onto the pages, […]


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Fish Anthology 2015

Fish Anthology 2015

How do we transform personal experience of pain into literature? How do we create and then chisel away at those images of others, of loss, of suffering, of unspeakable helplessness so that they become works of art that aim for a shared humanity? The pieces selected here seem to prompt all these questions and the best of them offer some great answers.
– Carmen Bugan.


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Fish Anthology 2014

Fish Anthology 2014

What a high standard all round – of craft, imagination and originality: and what a wide range of feeling and vision.
Ruth Padel

I was struck by how funny many of the stories are, several of them joyously so – they are madcap and eccentric and great fun. Others – despite restrained and elegant prose – managed to be devastating. All of them are the work of writers with talent.
Claire Kilroy


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Fish Anthology 2013

Fish Anthology 2013

The writing comes first, the bottom line comes last. And sandwiched between is an eye for the innovative, the inventive and the extraordinary.


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Fish Anthology 2012

A new collection from around the globe: innovative, exciting, invigorating work from the writers and poets who will be making waves for some time to come. David Mitchell, Michael Collins, David Shields and Billy Collins selected the stories, flash fiction, memoirs and poems in this anthology.


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Fish Anthology 2011

Reading the one page stories I was a little dazzled, and disappointed that I couldn’t give the prize to everybody. It’s such a tight format, every word must count, every punctuation mark. ‘The Long Wet Grass’ is a masterly bit of story telling … I still can’t get it out of my mind.
– Chris Stewart


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Fish Anthology 2010

The perfectly achieved story transcends the limitations of space with profundity and insight. What I look for in fiction, of whatever length, is authenticity and intensity of feeling. I demand to be moved, to be transported, to be introduced into other lives. The stories I have selected for this anthology have managed this. – Ronan Bennett, Short Story Judge.


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Fish Anthology 2009 – Ten Pint Ted

I sing those who are published here – they have done a very fine job. It is difficult to create from dust, which is what writers do. It is an honour to have read your work. – Colum McCann


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Fish Anthology 2008 – Harlem River Blues

The entries into this year’s Fish Short Story Prize were universally strong. From these the judges have selected winners, we believe, of exceptional virtue. – Carlo Gebler


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Fish Anthology 2007

I was amazed and delighted at the range and quality of these stories. Every one of them was interesting, well-written, beautifully crafted and, as a short-story must, every one of them focused my attention on that very curtailed tableau which a short-story necessarily sets before us. – Michael Collins


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Fish Anthology 2006 – Grandmother, Girl, Wolf and Other Stories

These stories voice all that is vibrant about the form. – Gerard Donovan. Very short stories pack a poetic punch. Each of these holds its own surprise, or two. Dive into these seemingly small worlds. You’ll come up anew. – Angela Jane Fountas


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All the King’s Horses – Anthology of Historical Short Stories

Each of the pieces here has been chosen for its excellence. They are a delightfully varied assortment. More than usual for an anthology, this is a compendium of all the different ways that fiction can succeed. I invite you to turn to ‘All the King’s Horses’. The past is here. Begin.
– Michel Faber


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Fish Anthology 2005 – The Mountains of Mars and Other Stories

Literary anthologies, especially of new work, act as a kind of indicator to a society’s concerns. This Short Story collection, such a sharp and useful enterprise, goes beyond that. Its internationality demonstrates how our concerns are held in common across the globe. – Frank Delaney


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Fish Anthology 2004 – Spoonface and Other Stories

From the daily routine of a career in ‘Spoonface’, to the powerful, recurring image of a freezer in ‘Shadow Lives’. It was the remarkable focus on the ordinary that made these Fish short stories such a pleasure to read. – Hugo Hamilton


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Feathers & Cigarettes

In a world where twenty screens of bullshit seem to be revolving without respite … there is nothing that can surpass the ‘explosion of art’ and its obstinate insistence on making sense of things. These dedicated scribes, as though some secret society, heroically, humbly, are espousing a noble cause.
– Pat McCabe


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Franklin’s Grace

It’s supposed to be a short form, the good story, but it has about it a largeness I love. There is something to admire in all these tales, these strange, insistent invention. They take place in a rich and satisfying mixture of places, countries of the mind and heart. – Christopher Hope


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Asylum 1928

There are fine stories in this new anthology, some small and intimate, some reaching out through the personal for a wider, more universal perspective, wishing to tell a story – grand, simple, complex or everyday, wishing to engage you the reader. – Kate O’Riodan


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Five O’Clock Shadow

I feel like issuing a health warning with this Fish Anthology ­ these stories may seriously damage your outlook – Here the writers view the world in their unique way, and have the imagination, talent, and the courage to refine it into that most surprising of all art forms ­ the short story. – Clem Cairns.


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From the Bering Strait

Every story in this book makes its own original way in the world. knowing which are the telling moments, and showing them to us. And as the narrator of the winning story casually remarks, ‘Sometimes its the small things that amaze me’ – Molly McCloskey


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Scrap Magic

The stories here possess the difference, the quirkiness and the spark. They follow their own road and their own ideas their own way. It is a valuable quality which makes this collection a varied one. Read it, I hope you say to yourself like I did on many occasions, ‘That’s deadly. How did they think of that?’ – Eamonn Sweeney


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Dog Day

Really good short stories like these, don’t read like they were written. They read like they simply grew on the page. – Joseph O’Connor


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The Stranger

The writers in this collection can write short stories . . . their quality is the only thing they have in common. – Roddy Doyle


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The Fish Garden

This is the first volume of short stories from Ireland’s newest publishing house. We are proud that fish has enabled 15 budding new writers be published in this anthology, and I look forward to seeing many of them in print again.


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12 Miles Out – a novel by Nick Wright

12 Miles Out was selected by David Mitchell as the winner of the Fish Unpublished Novel Award.
A love story, thriller and historical novel; funny and sad, uplifting and enlightening.


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Altergeist – a novel by Tim Booth

You only know who you can’t trust. You can’t trust the law, because there’s none in New Ireland. You can’t trust the Church, because they think they’re the law. And you can’t trust the State, because they think they’re the Church And most of all, you can’t trust your friends, because you can’t remember who they were anymore.


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Small City Blues numbers 1 to 51 – a novel by Martin Kelleher

A memoir of urban life, chronicled through its central character, Mackey. From momentary reflections to stories about his break with childhood and adolescence, the early introduction to the Big World, the discovery of romance and then love, the powerlessness of ordinary people, the weaknesses that end in disappointment and the strengths that help them seek redemption and belonging.


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The Woman Who Swallowed the Book of Kells – Collection of Short Stories by Ian Wild

Ian Wild’s stories mix Monty Python with Hammer Horror, and the Beatles with Shakespeare, but his anarchic style and sense of humour remain very much his own in this collection of tall tales from another planet. Where else would you find vengeful organs, the inside story of Eleanor Rigby, mobile moustaches, and Vikings looting a Cork City branch of Abracababra?


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News & Articles

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
We are pleased to announce the winners plus short and long lists for the 2017 Fish Poetry Contest, and would like to congratulate the poets for being selected from a pool of 1,305.  Ten Winning Poems (chosen by Jo Shapcott) to be published in 2017 Fish Anthology Short List Long List   Judge Jo Shapcott has […]

Flash Fiction: Results, Short & Long Lists

12th April 2017
We apologise for the delay in announcing results. Look to see if your flash story is on the short or long list. Short List Long List Congratulations to the writers who made it onto the short and long lists and in particular to the final 10. There were 946 entries to the competition. The ten […]

Memoirs: Results

1st April 2017
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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