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


The Fish Short Story Prize is an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons.

This year's judge, novelist and short story writer Kevin Barry, will be selecting 10 short stories to be published in the 2015 Fish Anthology.

Publication in the Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has been, for many authors, a stepping-stone to successful writing careers. See Alumni.



Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

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Summary Short Story Competition 2015/16

Judge: Kevin Barry
Closes: 30 November 2015
Results: 17 March 2016
Anthology published: July 2016
Max length: 5,000 words


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Prizes Short Story Competition

Ten stories will be published in the 2016 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).

Second – a week at the Anam Cara Writers' & 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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Rules Short Story Competition

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

  • You may enter as many times as you wish.

  • The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.

  • There is no restriction on theme or style.

  • Maximum number of words is 5,000.

  • 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 as acceptance of these rules.


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Entry Fees Short Story Competition



1st Entry


Online Entry



Critique (Optional)




Postal Entry



Critique (Optional)





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How to Enter Short Story Competition

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.

MAKE SURE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS ARE NOT ON THE STORY. (Judging is done anonymously.) Your story and name are linked automatically when you enter.



  • How to Enter by Post

Post to: Fish Short Story 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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