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CLOSED - Results 10th April '16

This is an opportunity to attempt one of the most interesting and rewarding tasks - to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 300 words or less.

Nuala O'ConnorNuala O'Connor (novelist, short and flash fiction writer plus poet) is the judge for 2016. She will be selecting the 10 flash stories to be published in the Fish Anthology 2016.

The Flash Fiction Stories are wonderfully entertaining to read and challenging to write, but we love it and so do the readers of our Anthology. This is a chance to get a story, however small, into the next Fish Anthology.

The Fish Flash Fiction Prize has been an annual event since 2004.

novel by judge, Nuala O'ConnorTo view our catalogue of anthologies containing the winning stories from previous flash fiction competitions and to read extracts, click Fish Books.


If you would like to refine your flash fiction writing skills, you might like to take advantage of the Flash Fiction Writing Course.

Critique Service provides an appraisal of your work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

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Summary Flash Fiction Prize


Judge: Nuala O'Connor
Closing: 28 Feb 2016
Results: 10 April 2016
Anthology published: July 2016
Max length: 300 words

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Prizes Flash Fiction Prize

Ten stories will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology.

First - €1,000

Second - online writing course with Fish

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 '16.



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Rules Flash Fiction Prize

  • No entry form is needed. Entry is online or by post if required.

  • You can enter as many times as you wish.

  • The flash fiction contest is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.

  • There is no restriction on theme or style.

  • Maximum number of words is 300.

  • The winning stories must be available for the anthology, and therefore must not have been published previously.

  • Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author.

  • Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.

  • The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.

  • Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, (in the box provided if entering online, on separate sheet if entering by post).

  • In order to give opportunities to emerging writers:
    (a) Writers who have had two short stories published in Fish Anthologies may not enter for three years after their second publication. They may enter other Fish competitions.
    (b) Previous first prize winners may enter again, but will not be eligible for the first prize.

  • Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.



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Entry Fees Flash Fiction Prize



1st Entry


Online Entry



Critique (Optional)




Postal Entry



Critique (Optional)



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How to Enter Flash Fiction Prize

You can enter online or by post. The cheaper option is to enter online.

  • How to Enter Online

To enter online, click online entry, and follow the instructions.

Your story and name are linked automatically when you enter.



  • How to Enter by Post

Post to: Fish Flash Fiction Prize, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Print on one side of the page only in reasonable sized type. The Fish Prize 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.


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