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Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat Be creative in one of the most beautiful places in the world. A week’s stay is one of the prizes in the Fish Short Story Competition.

Angie’s Diary is an online magazine with a strong literary signature, offering analysis and commentary on literature, politics, news, psychology, philosophy, lifestyle, culture, and the arts.

Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership brings together writers, scholars, writers’ organizations, translators, publishers and others interested in the development of writing from Asia and the Pacific.

Bridport Prize The Bridport Prize is another annual international creative writing competition for poetry and short stories. The Bridport Prize is one of the top prizes of its kind in terms of both prestige and prize money. It has been the first step in the careers of many established poets and novelists.

Cafe Aphra: An Online Community for Writers. This is Café Aphra. Grab a coffee, take a seat and join in…

Carve Magazine Excellent short story prize and magazine. Sound ideals. Well worth a look

Casa Ana in Las Alpujarras, southern Spain, offers Writers Retreats: a room of your own, inspiring surroundings, good food and the company of other writers.  A week’s stay is the second prize for the Fish Short Memoir Writing Contest.

Clifden Writers’ Group Connemara open to anyone interested in writing.

FictionGarden.co.uk – the new web site for everyone who enjoys prose fiction, with lots of useful information and opportunities for readers and writers.

Flash Fiction Chronicles – discussions on the art and craft of flash fiction, fiction in general, and the issues of writing, marketing, and publishing today.

GED Online Take your GED online and skip having to go to classrooms and the anxiety of taking a test with other students.

MsLexia The magazine for women who write. Advice and inspiration; news, reviews, interviews, competitions and grants

National Association of Writers’ Groups See if there is a writing group in your area of the UK. The NAWG has something for everyone who writes.

The Write Lines Writing tips and discussion with best-selling and award-winning writers courtesy of National Short Story Week.

New Writing South offer writers development, encouragement, resources and opportunities to make new contacts. Events that aim to enhance skills, stretch creativity and broker partnerships with those who produce and publish work.

New Writer Britain’s premier magazine for writers. Publishes the best of today’s short fiction, poetry, and features. Publishes up to six stories from the Fish Annual Short Story Prize.

Northampton Literature Group’s Annual Open Poetry Competition

Olivewriting is your online creative writing information website, designed to stimulate your imagination to assist your development in the art of creative writing.

Poetry Archive – exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience.

The Weary Blues Journal of Literature and Art is a new electronic journal that has launched in the hope of allowing new and established writers and artists spread their work to as wide an audience is possible. The journal will be released in digital format for free, on a bi-monthly basis.

UK’s Save The Short Story Campaign For information on all aspects of the short story – reading them, writing them, listening to them, events, competitions, workshops and projects.

West Cork Literary Festival An annual literary festival – readings, workshops, and more. Features the launch of the annual Fish Anthology.

Western Writers Centre (Ionad Scríbhneoiri Chaitlín Maude) Galway is the only writers’ centre west of the Shannon, Ireland.

Whisper from the Heart Poetry Club caters for those passionate about poetry, writing, art, photography and music.  We invite members, the community, schools and other clubs to participate in our competitions.

Write it Now – Writing Software Easy to navigate and filled with practical functions.

Write Invite ‘A Literary Mic!’. On-line story competition, and events for writers.

writing.ie is the Irish national writing resources website packed full of information for all writers. A magazine style site, writing.ie is updated regularly with new interviews, tips from authors, and book giveaways. Join the forum, find writing service providers, events in your area and details of courses and workshops.

Writers competitions blog: is a free site maintained by two Australian authors listing quality English language writing contests from around the world.

Links to Creative Writing Courses

Next Big Writer TheNextBigWriter Online Writing Workshop

writingclasses.co.uk Online creative writing school offering courses for all levels. Small groups, weekly writing exercises and downloadable notes. Communicate with your peers and tutor through a simple to use and secure conferencing program. Receive weekly peer reviews and tutor comments.

In the Write Light A creative writing course offering beginner and intermediate level writers the chance to spend a long weekend on the Costa de la Luz challenging their creative writing skills in an informal workshop environment whilst also enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Spain’s last unspoilt coastline.

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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 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, and waltz around your mind long after […]


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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

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

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 and Other Stories

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

Change of Judge for Short Memoir Contest

21st March 2017
I regret to announce that judge Horatio Clare has, for personal reasons, had to withdraw as the judge of the 2017 Fish Short Memoir Contest.  I am delighted to announce that Welsh author Vanessa Gebbie has agreed to step in and judge the contest. I am very grateful to Vanessa for doing this at the […]

Results Short Story Contest 2016/17

17th March 2017
Here are the results of the 2016/17 Fish Short Story Contest, judged by Neel Mukherjee. Neel’s comments on each story are included. The eleven stories will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. It will be launched at the West Cork Literary Festival in July ’17. First prize is €3,000 and a place at the […]

Short & Long Lists, Short Story Contest 2016/17

9th March 2017
Short Story Contest 2016/17 Short-list Long-list Congratulations to all those on the short and long lists. There were 1,300 stories entered. The winners, as selected by Neel Mukherjee, will be announced on the 17th March.   – Short Story Contest 2016/17: Short-list of 40 stories In The Dark​ Title First Name Last Name     […]

Leonard Cohen Dies. Donald Trump Ascends.

16th November 2016
Last week was a week that will stick in the memory like a speed-bump that didn’t just rattle the frame and bang your head on the roof, but banjaxed the suspension and threw the car off the road. Leonard Cohen, the most authentic man on the planet, died and Donald Trump, cartoon figure, swept to […]

Launch of 2016 Fish Anthology

16th October 2016
FISH ANTHOLOGY 2016 LAUNCH The Fish Anthology was launched at the West Cork Literary Festival on 20 July by Dave Lordan, who judged the Fish Poetry Prize. Dave’s exhuborent, off-the-cuff and upbeat speech kept us on our toes as his words raced to keep up with his thoughts. Despite his general scepticism about competitions, he […]

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