LONGLIST Fish Poetry Prize 2013

560 poems longlisted
(1,500 submitted in total)

Redress A. M. Cousins
Autumn Sestina Adam Tamashasky
April 27, 2011 adrienne hurgeton
Where I am from Agnieszka Ogloza
Of the essence Aideen Sloan
Saturday Night Out AILEEN GORMAN
Homecoming, Winter 2011 AILEEN GORMAN
The Diplomat aine mcgoey
I Was Lost Alan Murphy
Single Parent Alec Solomita
Catching The Wind Alex Coppock-Bunce
Better Than Sex Alex Osborne
Slant Alison Leonard
Nativity rap Alison Leonard
The Old Days Alyn Fenn
Tamar Alyn Fenn
Molehills and Mountains Amali Rodrigo
Waiting for the Axe to Fall Amali Rodrigo
The Eye Amali Rodrigo
Human Sacrifice, Mt Eden Amanda Kennedy
An Alhambrian Idyll Amanda Williams
All I Have to Do Is Dream, side B Amy Williamson
sunset Andreea Laptes
Alien with a Cough Andy Jenkins
Men Going to the Factory Andy Jenkins
Kirk and His Wife Andy Jenkins
A & E (Biology Lesson) Andy Jenkins
Against Forgetting Andy Kissane
To the people in the room Angela Hickey
The Runner Anirudh Jain
Desertification Anirudh Jain
SWAN SONG Ann Connolly Dinan
It’s good to have something to look forward to Anna Coogan
Teresa Anne Coughlan
Where Are You Now, Amelia? Anne-Marie Fyfe
The Sect which Pulls the Sinews: I’ve Seen You Handle Cocoons Annie Christain
To the cords of the past you wound round me while crossing 14th street Anthony Buckley
Snowfall anthony powers
5 For Forgetting Humanity, What Is, What Used To Be, What It Used To Be Aoife Casby
Stone Cold Sober Ashley Holmes
Ricardian 2125 Barrie Walsh
Black and Blue (One night in Cuba) Barry Finegan
A place for fathers and their sons Barry Finegan
This is not the Poem bern butler
ICU, Holy Thursday Bernadette Ulsamer
Bed Beth Somerford
Shortly After He Died Bill Herring
cuba Brad Geyer
Out of Syria Breda Joy
Survivors Breda Joy
To Paul, a Refutation BREDA WALL RYAN
Second Wife’s Tale BREDA WALL RYAN
Twirling Brendan McCormack
John the Baptist Brianna Sulzener
Romeo and Juliet – 21st Century. Brigid O’Connor
Advice for the Cold-blooded Bronwyn Lovell
Chrysalis Bronwyn Lovell
Running into your Ex Bronwyn Lovell
Sewing Bronwyn Lovell
Do Over C. Wade Bentley
Once Were Warriors C.P. O’Donnell
Back Again C.P. O’Donnell
At the Marina Hotel Cahal Dallat
Do Not Be Angry If You Hear Me Snore Caitlin Doyle
God Always Geometrizes Caoilinn Hughes
South Pacific Time Carmine Dandrea
Yes, There Are Slefish Mothers carol cahalane
“Dance” – after Yehudit Arnon Carol Dine
Supplication to Homeland Cassia Bardos
Wish You Were Here Cathal O’Riordain
Listening to the Morning Catherine Bateson
Imperfection Catherine Bateson
Wraith Catherine Bateson
ROUND PEG [SQUARE HOLE] Catherine Lawson
Mother cathy-melissa whitefield
WOodland 7-2257 Celeste Gainey
Mind What You Say: The 1911 Census Celia McGovern
We reclaimed Strath Rannoch Charlie Gracie
Defective Charlie Gracie
Love and the Space Between Chloe Firetto-Toomey
Sandpit Chris Edgoose
Rain Shadow Chris Wilde
We took her to the beach Christian Cook
Their Ambiente Christine Heine
The Noblest Of Fairytales Christos Daskalakis
Rock Lane Ciara Doorley
In The Ring cindy dale
Liberty Lines Clare Whitej-Sullivan
Elation Colette Mary
Deposition Colette McAndrew
Our Morning Ritual Colleen Bloch
Fishing Colleen Callahan
Seeing Connie Roberts
The Shortening Days Dan Reid
Take My Face. I Don’t Need It Anymore. Dan Speers
The Last Soldier Out Dan Speers
The Apple Tree Dana Robbins
Good Friday Daniel Gustafsson
Nativity Daniel Gustafsson
Bottled Water Daniel P. Stokes
Verdigris Darragh O’Toole
Fold Dave Rudden
Emily Dickenson’s Joke Book David H W Grubb
The Leg Shaver’s Convention David H W Grubb
The Scourge of Spain David lightbown
Tower of the Flies David lightbown
The Yawp of Nothing David Oprava
Glacier Davoren Howard
Blue Moon Davoren Howard
Cellular Explosions Dean Poland
“Sounds Bouncing From Stones” Deborah DeNicola
Obsessive Sinner Deirdre Murray
In No Time Deirdre Shanahan
Walking up Heath Street Deirdre Shanahan
At The Marine Hotel Deirdre Shanahan
Backyard Blues Deniz Oygur
The Missing Des Kavanagh
Retail Therapy Des Kavanagh
Dreamsicle Sleep Diane Smith
Bridge Dinesh Sairam
Insomnia Dobrina Manolova
La Belle Dame’s Feathers In The Lake DOLORES WALSHE
Early morning Don Urwin
Sprout Donnelle McKaskle
Old Men in the Mesquite Donnelle McKaskle
Anticipation Doris Metzger
Storm E. Alex Pierce
Mikeen Dan Eibhlís Carcione
Eavesdrop Eithne Hand
Winter Eithne Hand
Government Of The Air Eithne Hand
The Catch Eithne Reynolds
Family Reunion Eithne Reynolds
Runway elaine lambert
The Present Eleanor Hooker
My Angel Eleonora Bianchi
1990 Elizabeth Alphonse
Mala Aria Elizabeth Bodien
In and Out Elizabeth Helen Tran
Better Red than Blue? Elizabeth Rose
Marriage Is Another Country Emily Bludworth de Barrios
Playing Atttention Emma Clohessy
Untethered Emma Harding
Describing the sea to someone who has never seen it. eoin hegarty
Opening a giant water melon eoin hegarty
The Regular Ego Eric Pitty
Memories & Hunger, a survey Eric Pitty
First Time Eric Yao
Skylark Eriko Tsugawa-Madden
The Big Bang Evan Nordstrom
Departure Fae Stewart
Landscape Fae Stewart
Deer Blind Fae Stewart
Virtually Fidelma Mahon
A Dusting of Snow Finnian Mulloy
Cutting them down Fionnuala Enright
Island Work Frances Corkey Thompson
The Plea of A Black Woman Francis Robertson
Articles of Faith Frank Farrelly
On Coolnamona Bog Frank Farrelly
A Ponsonby Road menagerie  Frank Russo
The Blind Gaetano Lo Coco
Father Drives Off in the Buick Gary Dop
Silent Gliss Gemma Mills McGrath
The Lyric Frame of Sorrow gene fendt
“Prague” George Held
Raid Geraldine Mitchell
Dealing with Bears Geraldine Mitchell
A Thousand Bars Geraldine Mitchell
Meditation #17 The Air Does Not Willingly Serve Us Breath  Gerard Beirne
Genesis Gerard Grealish
red clock Gerry Boland
Christmas Eve Gillian Haigh
Tangle Ginny Lowe Connors
Bodily Defiance Gloria D. Gonsalves
Door #4 Grainne Murphy
Song of Orpheus Gregory Bell
Catherine of Aragon Gregory Jackson
Grouse Gregory Jackson
Not Quite Nineveh Gretchen Friel
Truth of a Story Gunilla Kester
When Odysseus Sleeps the World Stops Gunilla Kester
I am fat and somehwat old H Falconer
PARTITA Helen Gaynor
Waves Helen Newdick
Leading Ladies Helena Nolan
Confessional Helena Nolan
Silver combination microwave oven and grill  HelennHebe
Cosmetically-Improved Real Estate Holly Stone
Visiting Mother’s Grand Canyon Holly Stone
TOAST Honor Somerset
Now and Then Iain Napier
Shell Bay Herm Ian Graham Tew
Neat Thoughts Ingrid van Dijk
Seduction Ingrid van Dijk
Fair Exchange Ingrid van Dijk
After 53 Wonderful Years Ingrid van Dijk
After the Deluge Iris Woodford
Minders islwyn williams
…Paul/wants a job in the Post Office/selling stamps… Ita O’Donovan
Freesias Jacqueline Corcoran
Amelie Jacqueline P Haskell
Mother and Child Jacqueline P Haskell
The Ghosts of Mothers James Allan Kennedy
Waiter, Istanbul James Andrew
New Year’s Day, 1981 – BE HAPPY James Bullis
Dusk James Ellis
Dear Heart James Ellis
Shadow James Ellis
Scan james O’Hare
The Fallen Athlete james O’Hare
Climbing Beans Jane Fraser
Diversify or Die Jane Fraser
Call of the Isle Jane Fraser
Involuntary encounter Jane Marchant
Greater love jane williams
Fish story jane williams
Old Friends jane williams
If janet Hall Bennett
The Jumble Hole Janet Lees
Barley Sugar and Green Ink Janice Windle
You won’t remember Jayne Walter
A Year Later Jean Tuomey
The Gannets Jed Myers
Standing Outside the Old Place Jed Myers
Snippet Jed Myres
On contentment Jen Taaffe
He Made Promises She Never Forgot Jennifer Compton
Overview Effect Jennifer Kivikko
The Betrayal Jennifer Kivikko
The Classroom jenny pollak
Currawong jenny pollak
Him jenny pollak
Nothing Sacred Jessica Glover
Purgatory Jessica Traynor
My Aunt Reads the Tarot Jessica Traynor
Choosing Jillian Sullivan
A kiss in the rain Jo Barril
Shapes of Autism Joan Goodreau
Home for the Weekend. Joan Morrissey
Photograph Joan Renino
Following Tina Joan Renino
Grandma Is Napping In A Four-Poster Joan Renino
Diabolique Joan Renino
Missy’s Corsage Joanna Campbell
The keeper Joe Ruane
The “Hair” Word-Clique John A Carter
I’ve Seen Paris Hilton John A Carter
Tae Lane John FItzgerald
My Princess John Ger O’Riordan
He is old now John Gredler
God-damned nervous breakdown John Halstead
ACHILL John Kelly
Chisel Jonah Sullivan
Comb Jonah Sullivan
Skavsta Jones Irwin
The Snakehandler’s Word of God Mark 16: 17-18 Judith Krause
foehn Julia K. Stein
Expectations Julia K. Stein
Calvary Julie Watts
Let me out. Kara Wickwire
The Warrior karen mcsorley
The Lift Karen O’Connor
Taken Karen O’Connor
Frida Kahlo Roots (or Self Portrait on Rocky Ground) karina tynan
For Frida Kahlo (with Diego on her mind) karina tynan
A Song of Leaving karla morton
Picking Fish Kat Bernhardt
The Ballad of Reading Road Kate Allan
The Nick of Time Kate Newmann
A Father’s Mystique Katherine Hoffman
Street Sleeping Katherine West
The Lost World Kathleen Spivack
Labours Kay Cotton
The Dark of the Night Kelly Kavanaugh
Silhouette Kerensa Jennings
Burnt grass of the long acre kevin connelly
The Thoughtful Cockroach Kim Schroeder
The Dawn Kimberley Schmitt
Our Walk Within the Clouds Kimberley Schmitt
Sonnet for my son, aged six Kirsty Seymour-Ure
Chagall’s Village Kita Kita Shantiris
That Which is Wanting Kita Kita Shantiris
Darting Light Kita Kita Shantiris
Pins Kita Kita Shantiris
Darting Light Kita Kita Shantiris
Beyond Fort Worth Kita Kita Shantiris
Missing in Brunswick koraly dimitriadis
In Charge (My Wendy, With Cancer) Kristina Borjesson
Oh. L Komar
A quick back and forth movement of the camera. L Komar
Widow’s Walk Laura Lucas
Villanelle for Pi Laura McKenna
Stalemate Laura Synnott
Stalemate Laura Synnott
To Remember Laura Synnott
Motion Passed Laurence McKeown
Roadkill Laurie Cousseau
Which Why What Where and When in Ireland Lavinia Kumar
The Rabbits LeAnn Bjerken
How Easy to Love Leland Whipple
The Dead Lenora Oderkirk Steele
Margie Miller Lenora Oderkirk Steele
Flow Leonard McDonnell
a lake that seems like a sea Lia Lockert
Allegro Liam Geoghegan
Sibling questionnaire Liam Maloney
Absent sister Linda Grieve
Equally Odd Linda HIllringhouse
Catalan Moon Linda HIllringhouse
Catalan Moon Linda HIllringhouse
Looking Through Photographs Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson
This Newfound Note Lisa Jacobson
Vanishing Point Lisa Jacobson
Hanging out with the Stars Liz Mellon
Traces Lois Elaine Heckman
Emprisonnement Volontaire (on viewing “Le baiser de la muse” by Paul Cézanne) Lois Elaine Heckman
Domiciliary Care Allowance Application Louise Byrne
Wild Louise McKenna
Raw Footage Luellen Fletcher
The blatant exposure of internal organs luigi marchini
“Controlled Crying” Lyndon Walker
My Eyes Go Out Like A Cry Lyndon Walker
JOUISANCE: The Train To Pain & Joy Lyndon Walker
His Arms Are Full of Broken Things Lyndon Walker
We Just Want To Get To Know You M. A. Yates
Why M. G. Stephens
The Chorus Madeline Collins
The Swallow Maire Ryan
An ode to the humble Conker Mairead Doohan
Valjean’s Lament manly banister
Dante and the Man of Blood — 5th Nov. 2012 Manny Blacksher
Iambe Manny Blacksher
hanging out the crows Maresa Sheehan
Letters to Santa Margaret Eddershaw
Some Kind of Greed Margaret Milardo
The Cloud-Horse Margaret Moran
If Elvis was a Sycamore Maria Mc Guinness
Headlines written with chalk on the asphalt in front of a house of an American Poet in a Muslim Country Maria Teutsch
Up To Scratch Marie Cadden
Disturbing the Queen Marie Cadden
On a November night Marissa van der Vorm
They’re not eye bags Mark Fiddes
Exit at St Mary’s Mark Fiddes
El Pacto de Olvido (The Pact of Forgetting) Mark Fiddes
A Vulva for the Pope Mark Fiddes
Revenge of the Polter-grannies Mark Fiddes
Passing the Dalles Mark Jensen
On the T Mark Jensen
Lament for a Sailor Martin Hulton
Mid Flight Mary Fitzpatrick
If Salt Loses Its Taste Mary Madec
Autumn Evening Mary Madec
For Something to Say Mary Madec
A Baby Cried For You and the Heat of Your Burning Breasts While Cherry Trees Blossomed Mary Mullen
Temple Dancer Mary Seymour
Travelling to Roundstone (after Seamus Heaney) Mary Smith
i need to see a man about a scythe mary woodward
Incunabula Maureen Boyle
Pillow Maureen Browne
Leaving Maureen Browne
This talk about the Gathering Maureen Harkin
Her side of the bed max merckenschlager
Donegal Meghan Flaherty
Dali’s Horse By the Window In the NGV, January Afternoon Melanie Steynberg
Night Repairs Melissa Reider
Dried Dates Michael Maul
Potato Sangha michael murphy
Unintended Metaphors Michael Sukach
Poetry Critic: a Found Pastoral Michael Sukach
Ingenuity Michael Sukach
Platoon Michael Sukach
Wróbel Michael Swan
In front of the stone Michael Swan
Beyond the Lintel micheal o’flaherty
They Steal Things michelle brock
“There Should be a Better Word for an Orgasm” Mike Absalom
rain dancing mike casey
time in hand mike casey
So You, On Quill and Daw Mil Norman-Risch
Urban Birdsong Millicent Danker
Worship at the Universal Church of Hardware Mimi Whittaker
Sisters N. Nye
Searching for my home Nadia Wood
Patches Nancy Burke
Bass Nancy Lewis
Moonflower Natalie Holborow
Toscana Nathan Senge
Fast Backward Niamh Cronin
The Vine Niamh Prior
IBM Selectric Niamh Prior
SIMI Nick McCarty
SIMI Nick McCarty
on the level nick pemberton
Dying Niki Nymark
A Daughter’s Kaddish Niki Nymark
Things Unseen Nila Jones
Winter Nuptials Noel Monahan
Down At The End Of The Bar Noel Wills
A New Place Noel Wills
People Watching People Noel Wills
The Knife Sharpener Nora McGillen
Bloody Sunday Nora McGillen
saint catherine’s Norm Neill
aged four Norm Neill
unjust deserts Norm Neill
The Awakening Padraic O’Dowd
Ed’s 24th year of knowing pamela leeson
It was a different life, it was far off but near Pat Galvin
Aleppo – A Song for the Living and for the Dead Pat Morris
MRI Patricia Demery
A Gift From the Dead Sea Patricia O’Heare
To Those With Hope Patrick Griffin
Silverfish Patrick Kincaid
Moving Day Patti Trimble
Might the Waves? Paul Beardsell
for all those who wait for loved ones to die Paul Bregazzi
Rus in Suburbe Paul Bregazzi
After We Met Paul Currion
Busselton Jetty Paul Currion
every object can be detected Paul Currion
Defence of the Realm (A Mobile Text). Paul Higgins
Spiritual S&M paul kindlon
Cubits Paul Michel
La Haute Borne Paul Nash
The Pottery paul sonderman
Bullpen: US General Life Paula Brancato
homeless, more or less paula cunningham
Making Strides Pauline Hall
Your Favourite Blue Dress Pauline Mc Namee
The Labcoats Penny Shutt
Portrait of Jean Rhys, 1979 Peter Bakowski
Snapshot Peter Blair
Statues Peter Branson
Poet, all we Ask Phyllis Jean Green
Immaculate Rachel Fenton
The Break Rachel Fenton
Pure Water Poured Rachel Heimowitz
Movement Rachel Heimowitz
Games Lesson Rachel Twyford
Whodunit Radhika Chadha
Shirts Raphael Woolf
Another old dialogue RAYMOND SHEEHAN
just visiting RAYMOND SHEEHAN
Without You, I’m an Out-of-Work Engineer Rebecca Olander
You are With Us Rhoda Twombly
Paris Rhonda Collis
Exit Interview Richard Scarsbrook
Rule of Three Richard Scarsbrook
Haiku (for the Ravenous) Richard Scarsbrook
Album rob mooney
Mist descended.. Rob Murphy
Grandfather’s Collars Rob Wallis
Leaving St Fillans Robert Arnott
A Sort of Love Poem Robert Headley
Singing to Irish Cows Robert Headley
The Lexus Driver Robert Headley
Connemara, 1998 Robert Headley
I leave my bed Robert Watson
A parley of crows Robert Watson
Fifty-six Robert Watson
Early winter evening Robert Watson
It is that moment Robert Watson
Garavogue session Robyn Rowland
The easy way Robyn Rowland
Mayo Mead Robyn Rowland
Not a hint of brogue Rocky Griever
Two Satans Rocky Griever
Competition at the Prince of Wales Opera House Rocky Griever
Nil all Roisin Phillips
Harry Clarke’s Windows at Newport Ron Carey
Starfish Ron Carey
The Fields Ron Carey
Jazz Sonnet In Spring Ron Howland
boole ronan goggin
Iphigenia Rosa Watkinson
Skinning a Rabbit Rosamund Taylor
Loving Pop – Letter from a Grandson Ross Donlon
What suffices possession rowland anthony corr
The Meander Field Sally Flint
Musa Nana sandra longley
Derma Blues sandra longley
Miscarraige  sandrab63
∞ ∞ ∞ Sara Deniz Akant
absence Scott Elder
THE BROCHURE Seamus Harrington
MAGIC Seamus Harrington
My Galway German Girl Seamus Scanlon
lake seppo odell
Just Quietly Care Sharon Fishwick
carrik-a rede sharon flynn
Prognosis Sharon Foley
I hope to hear a loon call Sharon Foley
Widow Sharon Foley
Widow Sharon Foley
Brighton Cabin Sharon Foley
Leaving Sharon Foley
Widow Sharon Foley
Dandelion Sharon Foley
Frontiers Shaw Stephens
On the Election of Francis I Sheila Mannix
Proposal Shirley McClure
Pioneer of Dunsink Simon Lewis
Canal Walk Simon Lewis
Infinite Loop Simon Lewis
Trying to Keep Quiet Simon Peter Eggertsen
Hawking’s Next Equation Simon Peter Eggertsen
And a Man Stepped Out Sinéad Cotter
My Manifesto siobhan dempsey
Lunchtime Siobhan Gavin
Your Second Mother Siobhan Harte
China Doll Siobhan Harte
Israeli Invasion,March2002 Stephanie Brennan
Sea Bells Stephanie Shields
The first time the Earth went round by the Sun Stephen Moran
I Am A Friend Of The Beach Chickens Stephen Pullman
Stripped and Fingered Stephen Pullman
In the Middle Atlas Steven Berrier
Precious Little Steven Duggan
Imagined Christmas Steven Willis
The Black Rabbit of Didcot Parkway Steven Willis
I’m Late! Steven Willis
Welcome Back! Steven Willis
The Departure Sue Butler
All Art is Analogy Sue Cartledge
Down the Rabbit Hole (after Dali) Sue Morgan
Sartor Resartus Susan Azar Porterfield
Critical Thinking Susan Browne
Great Blue Heron susan hudson
Sea Windows Susan Wallace
Caleb Aero Susana Hazelden
White Snake in Coober Pedy Suzi Mezei
Fishing With Father Tanvir Bush
False Alarm Tara Reapy
The Last Hour Tenia Barnett
Wendy’s Wake Terence Hadert
Salt Marsh Express Terry Dawson
The Champions of Run-Down Tess Barry
The Ice Harp Tessa Kale
For Love Thomas Harrison
Return from the Front Tim Goulding
The Still Yard Toby Corballis
A River Tom Handford
Edge of Town Valerie Hannan
The half-life of fathers Vanessa Gebbie
Indoor Scene Wayne Price
The stones of the terraced houses Wayne Price
The Secret Wayne Price
Loyalties Wayne Price
In The Convent Kitchen Wende McCabe
Sometimes Will Fish
How to make it Will Johnson
First Thunder Yevgeny Salisbury
Tok Tak Tic Yunha Hwang
Viagra Zach Knox
Here Lies Truth Zachary Eversole

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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


The Stranger

The writers in this collection can write short stories . . . their quality is the only thing they have in common. – Roddy Doyle


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


News & Articles

Short Story Prize 2023/24: RESULTS

10th April 2024
Winners Short-list Long-list   On behalf of all of us at Fish, congratulations to all of you who made the long and the short-lists.  Apologies for the delay in this announcement. The 10 winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2024. The launch will be during the West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Ireland – […]

Flash Fiction Prize 2024: RESULTS

10th April 2024
Winners Short-list Long-list   From all of us at Fish, thank you for entering your flashes. Congratulations to the writers who  were short or long-listed, and in particular to the 11 winners whose flash stories will be published in the Fish Anthology 2024. The launch will be during the West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Ireland […]

Short Memoir Prize 2024: RESULTS

1st April 2024
Winners Short-list Long-list   On behalf of all of us at Fish, we congratulate the 10 winners who’s memoir made it into the Fish Anthology 2024 (due to be launched in July ’24 at the West Cork Literary Festival), and to those writers who made the long and short-lists, well done too.  Thank you to Sean […]

Launch of the Fish Anthology 2023

12th July 2023
Tuesday 11th July saw the launch of the 2023 Anthology in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry. Nineteen of the fourty authors published in the anthology were there to read from their piece, travelling from Australia, USA and from all corners of Europe.             Read about the Anthology More photos of the […]

Poetry Prize 2023: RESULTS

15th May 2023
  Winners Short-list Long-list     Winners: Here are the 10 winners, as chosen by judge Billy Collins, to be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2023. The Anthology will  be launched as part of the West Cork Literary Festival, (The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, West Cork – Tuesday 11th July – 18.00.) All are welcome! Second […]

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