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The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. Previous judges include Billy Collins, Brian Turner, Leanne O'Sullivan, Michael McCarthy, Peter Fallon, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Durcan, Ruth Padel and Nick Laird.

ish PublishingThis year's judge, poet Dave Lordan, will be selecting the 10 poems to be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology.

Dave Lordan has lived in Holland, Greece and Italy, and now in Co Wicklow. In 2005 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry. His collections are Invitation to a Sacrifice (2010), and The Boy in The Ring (2007), which won the Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet, the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and was shortlisted for the Irish Times poetry prize. Eigse Riada theatre company produced his first play, Jo Bangles, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2010. He is a prolific writer of reviews and articles and a regular contributor to Arena, RTE radio's flagship arts programme. In 2011 he was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary.  

The 2016 Fish Anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival in July '16.

Fish Anthologies containing the winning poems from previous poetry competitions.

Read poems published in previous Fish Anthologies.


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Summary Poetry Contest 2016

Closes: 4 April 2016
Results: 15 May 2016
Judge: Dave Lordan
Max Length: 300 words



Summary -- Prizes - - Rules - - Fees - - How to Enter

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Prizes Poetry Contest

Ten poems will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology.

First - €1,000

Second - A week in residence at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, West Cork, Ireland.

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 Poetry Contest

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

  • You may enter as many times as you wish.

  • The poetry contest is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.

  • There is no restriction on theme or style.

  • Poem length is restricted to 300 words.

  • The winning poems 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.

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

  • Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not apear on the poem, (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.



Summary -- Prizes - - Rules - - Fees - - How to Enter

Entry Fees Poetry Contest

The cost of an Online entry is fixed in Euro and the conversion into your local currency will be done automatically by your credit card company according to the current exchange rate.



1st Entry


Online Entry



Critique (Optional)




Postal Entry



Critique (Optional)



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How to Enter Poetry Contest

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 poem and name are linked automatically when you enter.



  • How to Enter by Post

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

Print on one side of the page only in reasonable sized type. The Fish Poetry Prize is judged anonymously, so please do not put your name or contact details on any of the poem 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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