Judge: Neel Mukherjee
Word Limit: 5,000 words
Closes: 30 November '16
Results: 17 March '17
Anthology Published: July '17
Entry Fees: €20 (€10 subsequent entries)
Top ten stories will be published in the 2017 FISH ANTHOLOGY. 1st: €3,000 plus 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival. 2nd: A week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300. 3rd: €300
The Fish Short Story Contest was started in 1994, and has become an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons. (Past honorary patrons were Frank McCourt and Dermot Healy).
This year’s judge, Neel Mukherjee, will be selecting 10 short stories to be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. The Anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival (July 2017).
Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.
Ten stories will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. (First, second, third and seven honourable mentions)
First – €3,000 – (€1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology) plus a week long fiction writing workshop during the West Cork Literary Festival.
Second – a week at Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat in West Cork’s Beara Peninsula, and €300 travel expenses. For information about past winners of second prize and their residencies, see here.
Third – €300
The ten published authors will each receive five copies of the Anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.
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You can enter online or by post. The cheaper option is to enter online.
How to Enter Online:
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How to Enter by Post:
Post to: Fish Short Story Contest, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Print on one side of the page only in reasonable sized type.
The Short Story Contest is judged anonymously, so please do not put your name or contact details on any of the story pages.
Include all contact details on a separate sheet.
Receipt of entry will be by email.
Stories will not be returned.
N.B. Do not sent postal orders (outside Ireland). Make cheques out in your own currency to Fish Publishing.
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