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Short Story Prize 2019/20: Results, Short & Long-lists

Winners

Short-list

Long-list

 


 

The Ten Winners:

Selected by judge Colum McCann
to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020

 

FIRST: 

25:13

by Tracey Slaughter (New Zealand)

 

Is awarded €3,000, one thousand of which is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology 2020, and a short story workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2020.

 

SECOND:

Oh Bend Your Backs

by John Mulkeen (Derry, N. Ireland)

Is awarded a week in residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300.

 

THIRD:

Fearfully and Wonderfully

by C S Mee (Durham, UK)

Is awarded €300

 

 

 

HONORARY MENTIONS: (in no particular order)

Awarded €200 each

 

  A Letter from the North     by Donna Brown (Manchester, UK)
  Statue of the Future Martyr     by Stephen Flanagan (Washington, USA)
 

Little Wren     by Rosie Cowan (Belfast, N. Ireland)

  Dado     by Sheila Armstrong (Dublin, Ireland)
 

Billboard     by David Munro (Tuscon, Arizona, USA)

 

 

 

The Sorry Business     by Róisín McPhilemy (Belfast, N. Ireland)

 

Walnut      by Bruce Meyer (Barrie, Ontario, Canada)

 

 

From all of us at Fish we congratulate the writers of the ten excellent stories selected by Colum McCann for publication in the Fish Anthology 2020. There were 1,468 entries and the competition was of a very high standard. Thank to Colum his time and wisdom. We appreciate his interest and support of Fish’s endeavour to publish new and aspiring writers. We look forward to meeting the writers and hearing them read at the launch at the West Cork Literary Festival in July. – Clem Cairns –

 

COMMENTS FROM COLUM MCCANN

There were many fabulous stories in the final batch that came my way.  I could see great stretches of imagination.  I saw experimentation.  I saw novelty with voice and style.  I saw sentences that embraced both meaning and music.  And in the end that was why 25:13 came in what we call first place: it has the music and it has the intention.  It has all the landmarks of a true writer.  I expect we will hear great things from the author.  So too with OhBendYourBacks and I think a little time in the editing room could really sharpen this voice into a Kevin Barry-like maestro.  And there was something very genuine and earnest and well crafted about Fearfully and Wonderfully.  And yet all the stories had something wonderful in them and if I could carve the prize into twenty-five pieces, or thousands of pieces, and give them each the top award, I would.  

Keep writing, keep reading, keep creating.  And rage on … 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Tracey Slaughter is a poet and short story writer from Aotearoa New Zealand. Her latest collection of short stories is deleted scenes for lovers (Victoria University Press, 2019), and her work has received numerous awards including the international Bridport Prize (2014), second place in The Moth Short Story Prize (2018) and two Katherine Mansfield Awards. She lives in Hamilton, and teaches at Waikato University, where she edits the literary journals Mayhem and Poetry New Zealand. 

 

John Mulkeen is a writer and actor from Derry. He lived in Glasgow for fifteen years working as a chef. Although initially returning to Ireland on a temporary basis in2014, john rediscovered a connection with his homeplace and put down roots in Derry. In 2018 he completed an English degree at Ulster University. He’s had work developed by BBC writersroom and is currently working on a collection of short stories, all inspired by the north west.

 

C S Mee grew up in Birkenhead and now lives in Durham, after years studying literature and languages in the UK and elsewhere. She is a full-time mother to three small children and mostly writes between nappy changes and sorting collections of important pebbles. Parenthood is a constant source of inspiration. Her favourite stories view reality from an unusual angle and are often a little unhinged. She is currently working on a short story collection.

 

Donna Brown lives in Manchester. She is the mother of three wonderful children, the wife of one amazing husband and the owner of one crazy springer spaniel. When not writing, Donna loves hillwalking and gardening. She has also been known to bake the occasional cake, and these usually wear their toppings at a slightly rakish angle. Donna’s work has been published in several places, and she won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Short Story Prize in 2018.  

 

Stephen Flanagan is a writer from Sligo, Ireland, who lives in Seattle, Washington. By day he works for Microsoft, and by night he often also works for Microsoft. But he writes when he can, and has been entering the Fish short story competition for fifteen years. He has self-published a YA sci-fi adventure novel called M-World, and a travel book called 0 to 66. He used to occasionally have some spare time but now he and his much-adored wife, Katie have a seven-month-old daughter. He’s very happy with the trade-off.

 

Rosie Cowan – Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Rosie Cowan is a former Guardian Ireland and crime correspondent, currently undertaking a PhD in criminal law at Queen’s University Belfast. She has recently started writing short stories, many of which feature crime, mysteries or the supernatural. She also recently completed a full-length novel, in which the heroine is a crime reporter on a left-leaning London-based daily newspaper. She loves coincidences, all things strange and unexpected, and cheese.

 

Sheila Armstrong is a short story writer from the west of Ireland. She is currently working on her first collection of fiction.

 

D.G.Munro lives and writes in the hot desert of Tucson, Arizona, USA. As a means to support his writing life, he earns a fair income as a carpenter, when he can.

 

Róisín McPhilemy first started to write after a workshop on Rathlin Island. Her stories reflect the places she loves and the places she wants to be. She has an MA in Creative Writing and currently works in the Open University. Róisín is a member of the Belfast-based writing group ‘Outside the Lines’  who meet regularly for coffee and commentary.

 

Bruce Meyer lives in Barrie, Ontario and teaches at Georgian College and Victoria College in the U of Toronto. He writes to keep his sanity after grading papers. He is author or editor of 64 books.

 

 


 

Short-list:

(alphabetical order)

There are 73 stories in the short-list. The total entry was 1468.

 

Title

First Name

Last Name

     

A Girl Mad as Birds

Deborah

Appleton

The First Sip

Katherine

Ayars

The Green Thread

Anneke

Bender

The Probability of Error

Martin H.

Bott

A Sharp Taste

Judith

Bridge

New Jokes

Judith

Bridge

Operation

Sophy

Bristow

A Letter from the North

Donna

Brown

The Art of Finding

Kathryn

Burke

That Our Feet May Leave

Alys

Cambray

Old Maid

Kiera

Coffee

Tipping Point

Jacques

Denault

The Bread Man

KEVIN

DYER

Cosmic Granny and the Old Days

Laura

Fitzgerald

The Statue of the Future Martyr

Stephen

Flanagan

Summer Project

CJ

Garrow

Elocution Lessons

Xochitl

Gonzalez

Marthe, Once Maria: A Story of Murder

Ann

Harleman

The Fall Down Tree

Holli

Harms

The Prize Winner

Sarah

Harte

Coun

Mary Ann

Hushlak

Dear Walid Jumblatt

Nigel

Kelly

Dakota

Kim

Kolarich

Nevergreen

Roger

Laing

The Stars Were Bright, Fernando

Paul

Lenehan

Take it Good

Mary

Lennon

Fishing The Eel

Scott

Lipanovich

On Lockdown

Margaret

Mackay

Jazzabella Roughhouse

Martin

Malone

Pangaea Fragmented

Sara

Mang

All the Missing Cues and Beautiful Boys

Robin

Martin

Lucy

Owen

Matthews

The Yellow Tie

Morgan

McKnight

A Stone’s Throw Away

Róisín

McPhilemy

The Sorry Business

Róisín

McPhilemy

Fearfully and Wonderfully

Catharine

Mee

Chaconne

Bruce

Meyer

Walnut

Bruce

Meyer

Legacy

Janine

Mikosza

Thanksgiving

Janet

Moore

The Trouble with the Body

Robert Brian

Mulder

Oh Bend Your Backs!

John

Mulkeen

Billboard

David

Munro

Mind the Gap

Grainne

Murphy

Our Man in Berlin

Aongus

Murtagh

Measure for Measure

Celine

Naughton

Exit and Return

Albert

Norton

A Hill of Beans

Corrina

O’Beirne

Consummation

Denis

O’Sullivan

Late Shift

Domhnall

O’Sullivan

Microplastic and Other Consequences

Michelle

Orabona

The World of the Singer from Jonny Sax

Michael

Packman

Trout Fishing in my Basement

James

Perkins

The Empty

Rob

Perry

It’s Christmas Eve at the Poachers Inn

Nicholas

Petty

This Empty Box

Noley

Reid

the mathe,atics of grief

Pauline

Rooney

The Remains

Peter

Rugh

Fair Shake

Katharine

Saxby

The Skin of his Teeth

Mary

Seymour

Alces Urbis

Catriona

Shine

25:13

Tracey

Slaughter

A Bird on the Wing

Janet

Swinney

Lucky

Lisa

Taylor

In the Skull Palace

Mary

Thornburg

The Ripened Apple

Michael

Tinney

Seeds

Poppy

Toland

Moving Day

Billie

Travalini

The Leash

Stephen

Walsh

Dirty Pictures

Sam

Wheeler

The Pleasure Seekers

Rebecca

Whitney-Leggatt

Earshot

Angela

Young

These Uncertain Times

James

Young

 

 


 

Long-list:

(alphabetical order)

There are 181 stories in the long-list. The total entry was 1468.

 

Title

First Name

Last Name

 

 

 

Do not look at girls

Rahad

Abir

Ugly

Rosalind

Adler

A Girl Mad as Birds

Deborah

Appleton

Dishes of Money

Deborah

Appleton

Dado

Sheila

Armstrong

The Sixpence Quilt

Karen

Ashe

The First Sip

Katherine

Ayars

Brick

Paul

Bassett Davies

Johannesburg

Joe

Bedford

The Green Thread

Anneke

Bender

The Telephone Kiosk

Gill

Blow

DIY Literature

Martin H.

Bott

The Probability of Error

Martin H.

Bott

River Fish

Rachel

Bower

A Sharp Taste

Judith

Bridge

New Jokes

Judith

Bridge

Operation

Sophy

Bristow

A Letter from the North

Donna

Brown

The Art of Finding

Kathryn

Burke

That Our Feet May Leave

Alys

Cambray

Dereliction of Duty

Philomena

Carrick

Near Perfect

Timothy

Casey

Lost Rivers

Julia

Clayton

Then They Came for the Cats

Helena

Close

Old Maid

Kiera

Coffee

The Photographer’s Gallery

Raoul

Colvile

Queen of The Circus

Tamsin

Cottis

Little Wren

Rosie

Cowan

Until the Weather Changed

Kevin

Dardis

Foul Mountain

Olga

Dauer

Celtic Surprise

julia

Davey

The Cannery

Heather

Debling

Tipping Point

Jacques

Denault

The Unlit Cigarette in the Old Army Road

Andrew

Denney

The Loss of Odysseus

Elaine

Desmond

Soup

Niamh

Donnellan

ghost story

Gavan

Duffy

String

Jane

Dugdale

The Deal

Annette

Dunne

How We Learn to Lie

Kristyn

Dunnion

Oort Cloud Gets a Makeover

Kristyn

Dunnion

The Bread Man

Kevin

Dyer

Direct Connection

Laura

Farmer

Bad Stuff

Amy

Ferguson

Weighted

Christine

Findlay

Cosmic Granny and the Old Days

Laura

Fitzgerald

The Statue of the Future Martyr

Stephen

Flanagan

Loh-lu

Carrie

Foulkes

As Others See Us

Jane

Fraser

Ri and Mara

Paula

Friedman

Killing Time

Babette

Gallard

Summer Project

CJ

Garrow

Big Red

David

Gibson

Under the bridge

Brendan

Gill

Elocution Lessons

Xochitl

Gonzalez

Surplus Properties

Darryl

Halbrooks

The Accusers

Sophie

Hampton

Marthe, Once Maria: A Story of Murder

Ann

Harleman

The Fall Down Tree

Holli

Harms

Anbakkra

Louis

Harnett O’Meara

The Sweat Shop

Thomas

Harris

The Prize Winner

Sarah

Harte

You Don’t Love Me and I Know Now

Shelley

Hastings

The End

Will

Haynes

Le Tour du Tauch

Robert

Heath

Eating Unobserved

Mandy

Huggins

Coun

Mary Ann

Hushlak

Lacuna

Annabel

Hynes

Fishy

Alissa

Jones Nelson

The Discovery of Purple by Hercules’s Dog

Roz

Kay

Don’t Disappear

Julie

Kearney

Dear Walid Jumblatt

Nigel

Kelly

Callisto The Bear

Lucia

Kent

Dakota

Kim

Kolarich

Nevergreen

Roger

Laing

A Touch of Affection

James

Lawless

The Stars Were Bright, Fernando

Paul

Lenehan

Samhain

Ferdia

Lennon

Take it Good

Mary

Lennon

Number One Ennis Road

Miki

Lentin

Down to the Sea Again

Morag

Lewis

The Lightning Girl

Elen

Lewis

Bedtime Story

Tehila

Lieberman

You Know Who

Cherry

Lindholm

Fishing the Eel

Scott

Lipanovich

Hinton Ampner

Sophie

Livingston

Grace

Angela

Lyons

The Day of Reckoning

Elizabeth

MacDonald

The Silent Treatment

Rory

MacEneaney

FolkloreFest

Morag

MacInnes

On Lockdown

Margaret

Mackay

Calderas

Maija

Makinen

Jazzabella Roughhouse

Martin

Malone

Pangaea Fragmented

Sara

Mang

The Stations of the Cross

Adrian

Markle

All the Missing Cues and Beautiful Boys

Robin

Martin

Genesis

Ruthanne

Martin

Lucy

Owen

Matthews

Memoirs of Intertwined Souls

jennifer

McCarthy

Eric Lucastees

Alan

McCormick

Diptych

Joe

McDonough

The Judge and the Hippogriff

Fred

McGavran

The Yellow Tie

Morgan

McKnight

A Stone’s Throw Away

Róisín

McPhilemy

The Sorry Business

Róisín

McPhilemy

Fearfully and Wonderfully

Catharine

Mee

Chaconne

Bruce

Meyer

Walnut

Bruce

Meyer

Legacy

Janine

Mikosza

Noddy and Big Ears

PJ

Moore

Thanksgiving

Janet

Moore

You and The Heathen Roche

PJ

Moore

The Trouble with the Body

Robert Brian

Mulder

Oh Bend Your Backs!

John

Mulkeen

Billboard

David

Munro

Mind the Gap

Grainne

Murphy

The Pool

Kevin

Murphy

Our Man in Berlin

Aongus

Murtagh

Amelia

Michael

Nabi

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Melanie

Napthine

Measure for Measure

Celine

Naughton

Happiness

Janna

Northrup

Exit and Return

Albert

Norton

A Hill of Beans

Corrina

O’Beirne

Gallows

Adam

O’Keeffe

The Weight of It

Mary

O’Shea

Consummation

Denis

O’Sullivan

Late Shift

Domhnall

O’Sullivan

Microplastic and Other Consequences

Michelle

Orabona

Dinner’s Up

Gail

Owen

The World of the Singer from Jonny Sax

Michael

Packman

Jaise

Michael

Pearce

Sentry Plant

Marija

Peričić

Trout Fishing in my Basement

James

Perkins

The Empty

Rob

Perry

It’s Christmas Eve at the Poachers Inn

Nicholas

Petty

The Companion

Tony

Priestland

The Checkpoint

Robin

Pritchard

Fault Lines

Mona

Ramavat

The Final Patient

martin

reed

So Susceptible a Body

C.C.

Reid

This Empty Box

Noley

Reid

Beneath

Julie

Ries

The Man Who Could Change Race

Andrew

Robinson

Any Wonder Left in Your Head

Ethel

Rohan

the mathe,atics of grief

Pauline

Rooney

Moral Compass

Martin

Ross

The Remains

Peter

Rugh

Scribbling in the Margins

Ali

Said

The Yellow Buckeye

Patricia

Sammon

FairShake

Katharine

Saxby

crimes of various sizes

Dorothy

Schwarz

Neil and the Birdwoman

Dorothy

Schwarz

The Skin of his Teeth

Mary

Seymour

Alces Urbis

Catriona

Shine

Porter Must Be Stopped

Alan

Sincic

The Harvest

Alan

Sincic

25:13

Tracey

Slaughter

Holding the Torch

Tracey

Slaughter

Anna

Ben

Strak

A Bird on the Wing

Janet

Swinney

Leftovers

Kathleen

Tang

Lucky

Lisa

Taylor

In the Skull Palace

Mary

Thornburg

The Ripened Apple

Michael

Tinney

Seeds

Poppy

Toland

Moving Day

Billie

Travalini

Practicing Medicine Without a Clue

Mike

Tuohy

The Register

Sherri

Turner

The Leash

Stephen

Walsh

Of Leaves and Bark

Jesper

Wamsler

Bessington

JC

Weir

Dirty Pictures

Sam

Wheeler

The Pleasure Seekers

Rebecca

Whitney-Leggatt

Not a ten minute job

Alison

Wray

The girl whose name was a tut

Alison

Wray

The Inverse of Victory

Justin

Wyckoff

Earshot

Angela

Young

These Uncertain Times

James

Young

Albert the Great

George

Zegallo

Very Accidentally

Corinne

Zuhlke

 

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Lockdown Prize: Results

2nd July 2020
From all of us at Fish, we are delighted to announce the results of the 2020 Lockdown Prize. Thank you to all the writers who entered this prize which resulted in a torrent of great work and a donation to OXFAM’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal of €4,308. We were looking for authentic, interesting, insightful reflections on […]

Poetry Prize 2020: Results, Short & Long-lists

14th May 2020
  Winners Short-list Long-list   Winners Here are the 10 winners, as chosen by judge Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020 The Fish Anthology 2020 was to  be launched as part of the West Cork Literary Festival  (July 2020), but the festival has been cancelled for 2020. Top 10 poems will […]

Flash Fiction Prize 2020: Results, Short & Long-lists

10th April 2020
  Winners Short-list Long-list   Congratulations to the writers whose memoirs were short or long-listed and to the 10 winners.   Winners Here are the 10 winning Flash Fiction Stories, as chosen by judge Tania Hershman, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020 The Fish Anthology 2020 was to be launched as part of the West […]

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