Writing Contests

Fish Publishing runs four annual International Writing Contests.

Renown poets and writers select ten from each contest for publication in the Annual Fish Anthology.


Fish endeavours to publish outstanding new writers and poets.



Fish Writing Contests – 

Short Story Contest


OPEN until 30 Nov ‘16
€5,000 in Prizes + Publication

Judge: Neel Mukherjee
Word limit: 5,000


Flash Fiction Contest


OPEN until 28th Feb ’17
Prizes + Publication

Judge: To be announced
Word limit: 300


Poetry Contest


OPEN until 31 March ’17
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Jo Shapcott
Word limit: 300

Ten poems, as selected by judge Jo Shapcott, will be published in the 2017 FISH ANTHOLOGY


Short Memoir Contest


OPEN until 31 Jan ’17
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Horatio Clare
Word limit: 4,000

Louise ONeill

Young-Adult Novel Contest



The winning novel will be published by Fish Publishing.

(Shortlisted authors will be requested to submit their entire novel for final selection.)


News & Articles

Flash Fiction Winning Story 2016

7th February 2017
This story, chosen by judge Nuala O’Connor, was published in the 2016 Fish Anthology along with nine other stunning Flash Stories from different authors. Chris Stewart will be selecting 10 for the 2017 Fish Anthology. The Young Brown Bear by Julie Netherton   Cuffed, cuffed, and cuffed again by She-bigger-than-me, who fed me and led me and […]

Short Story Contest Closing 30 Nov

21st November 2016
With 9 days to go I thought it a good time to remind writers that the contest closes at 12 midnight GMT on 30 Nov. Neel Mukherjee is judging. These are changing times and interesting ones for writers and readers. We want stories from new and aspiring writers for the 2017 Fish Anthology. We rely, […]

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 […]

Launch of Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco

16th October 2016
    Also at the West Cork Literary Festival in July, Fish launched this collection of short stories, flash and comic-strip fiction from West Cork author Tina Pisco. Surreal, sad, zany, funny, Tina Pisco’s stories are drawn from gritty realism as much as the swirling clouds of the imagination. An astute, empathetic and sometimes savage […]

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