Writing Contests

Fish Publishing runs four annual International Writing Contests.

Renowned 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

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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