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Fish Anthology 2014 more info

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

SELECTED BY:

Claire Kilroy ~ Short Story
Dermot Healy ~ Short Memoir
Glenn Patterson ~ Flash Fiction
Ruth Padel ~ Poetry


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Catalogue of Anthologies

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The Annual Fish Anthology contains the winning submissions from its writing contests.

1994 saw the first Fish Anthology, publishing eleven new writers. Now, forty new writers are published annually in the anthology. We have amassed a considerable collection of excellent anthologies (see below), showcasing hundreds of fine writers. Many of these have gone on to become household names.

We look forward to discovering new talent every year through our competitions.

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Anthology Reviews



Fish Anthology 2014 more info

cover 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.

SELECTED BY:
Claire Kilroy ~ Short Story
Dermot Healy ~ Short Memoir
Glenn Patterson ~ Flash Fiction
Ruth Padel ~ Poetry

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Fish Anthology 2013 more info

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

SELECTED BY:
Philip O’Ceallaigh ~ Short Story
Molly McCloskey ~ Short Memoir
Peter Benson ~ Flash Fiction
Paul Durcan ~ Poetry


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Fish Anthology 2012 more info

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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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The Fish Anthology 2011 more info

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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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The Fish Anthology 2010 more info

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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.

There was little to separate the ten prizewinners from the rest, but that little was what I was looking for. There is a range to the ten chosen poems, each is strong in a different way.
- Matthew Sweeney, Poetry Judge.

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2009 Ten Pint Ted more info

Cover of 2009 Fish Anthology containing winners of the Fish writing contestsI 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

All of these poems, in their different ways, stand properly for themselves. Saluting their subjects and their readers, they stand up to their responsibilities. They stand, you might say to attention.
- Peter Fallon
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2008 Harlem River Blues more info

Cover of 2008 Fish Anthology containing winners of the Fish writing contestsThe 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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2007 A Paper Heart Is Beating, A Paper Boat Sets Sail more info

Cover of 2007 Fish Anthology containing winners of the Fish writing contestsI 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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2006 Grandmother, Girl, Wolf and Other Stories more info

Cover of 2006 Fish Anthology containing winners of the Fish writing contestsThese 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

Stimulating and interesting. The poems are terrific - Michael McCarthy
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2006 All the King's Horses - Anthology of Historical Short Stories

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Cover of 2006 Fish Anthology containing winners of the Fish Historical Short Story Prize 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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2005 The Mountains of Mars more info

Cover of 2005 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestLiterary 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

Fascinating and enjoyable. - Julia Neuberger
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2004 Spoonface more info

Cover of 2004 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestFrom 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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2003 Feathers & Cigarettes more info

Cover of 2003 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestIn 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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2002 Franklin's Grace more info

Cover of 2002 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestIt'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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2001 Asylum 1928 more info

Cover of 2001 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestThere 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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2000 Five O'Clock Shadow more info

Cover of 2000 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestI 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.
Every story is interesting, fascinating, haunting in one way or another.
- Julia Darling

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1999 From the Bering Strait more info

Cover of 1999 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestEvery 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
The Stories in this book are wonderful - fresh and invigorating.
They are a fine sample of what is best in writing today. - Frank McCourt

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1998 Scrap Magic more info

Cover of 1998 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestThe 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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1997 Dog Day more info

Cover of 1997 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestReally 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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1996 The Stranger more info

Cover of 1996 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestThe writers in this collection can write short stories . . .
their quality is the only thing they have in common.
- Roddy Doyle



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1995 The Fish Garden more info

Cover of 1995 Fish Anthology. Contains winners of the Fish Short Story writing contestThis 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.
Read this book - their talent speaks for itself.
- Clem Cairns.






Other Publications from Fish Publishing

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12 Miles Out - a novel by Nick Wright

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cover 12 Miles Out12 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

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Cover of 'Altergeist' - Novel by Tim Booth, published by Fish PublishingYou 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

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Cover of 'Small City Blues' - Novel by Martin Kelleher, published by Fish PublishingKelleher is a craftsman, moving effortlessly between
love and violence, hope and despair, sadness and humour.
This is a notable debut.
- Eamonn Sweeney

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

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Cover of 'The Woman who Swallowed the Book of Kells' - Collection of short stories by Ian Wild, published by Fish PublishingIan 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?

- Eamonn Sweeney.

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