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Poetry Prize 2021 Results, Long and Short-lists

 

Winners

Short-list

Long-list

 


 

Winners

Here are the 10 winners, as chosen by judge Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2021

The Fish Anthology 2021 will  be launched as part of the West Cork Literary Festival  (July 2021), as an online event.

The 10 winning poems will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021
1st prize: €1,000
2nd: a week in residence at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat.
3rd:€200

Billy Collins

Billy Collins

 

Comments on the winning poems are from Billy Collins (below), who we sincerely thank for lending his time and experience to judge the prize.

Congratulations to the ten winning poets, and also to those whose poems made the short-list of 95, and to the poets who made the long-list of 390. Total entry was 2,987. 

 

More about the 10 winning poets (link)

The Ten Winners:

 

 

Selected by Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2021

 

FIRST                   

LETTER TO DOWSIE, FROM ROETHKE IN IRELAND by Greg Rappleye (Michigan USA)

“It’s one long stanza perfectly fits Roethke’s sustained utterance as he writes home from Ireland about his current state.  The lack of self-pity is impressive here, for this man is in the throes of depression and alcoholism, riding the ‘moron bus’ and led around by ‘four orderlies in white”.  And far from home. His joys sustain him, though, particularly music and the pub life, where he hushes ‘the fiddles and parts a cloud of pipe smoke’ before reciting a poem to the crowd.  This poem is a sensitive comic/tragic portrait of a mad genius in extremis, a stranger in a land whose own strangeness suits him.”    Billy Collins

 

SECOND

CHEMO by Matt Hohner (Baltimore, USA)

“This poem smartly and charmingly avoids the slippery slope of the maudlin that goes easily with the sub-genre of cancer poetry.  The saving grace is the friendship of the patient and her visitor and the humor they mix into the horrifying toxic effects of her treatment, including a serum ‘meant to almost kill her in order to kill/the tumor growing inside her head.’  We feel the seriousness under the joking, and the love under the horrid symptoms.  It’s a poem that keeps it cool under the immediate pressure of life and death.”    Billy Collins

 

THIRD                  

DON’T RUSH TO CLEAN HER ROOM  by Pippa Gough (Kent, England)

“I saw this poem as a corollary to Thomas’s Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.   It’s too late to rage at Death, of course, or anything else, but the speaker uses a similar imperative tone to insist that the departed’s room be left intact, preserving it for a while.  ‘Allow… the toothpaste stains to harden on the sink.’ ‘Ignore the powder-tangle of her drawer,/ the sweet half-sucked, the scattered pills.”  How such common things are made to move us!  And leave the mirror, for ‘it holds her in its silvered depths.’ As in the best elegies, grief and loss are anchored and illuminated by the common things around us.”  The speaker rages in favor of respect and reverence.”    Billy Collins

 

SEVEN HONORABLE MENTIONS 

(In no particular order)

 

THE ROWAN BERRIES OF WINTER by Phillip Crymble (New Brunswick, Canada)

 

 

 

ODE TO IGNORANCE by Michael Lavers (Canada)

 

 

 

DECEMBER SUNLIGHT by Harry Nisbet, 1919, Oil on Canvas by Alice Twemlow (Amsterdam)

 

 

 

FIRST TIME by Maureen Boyle (N. Ireland)

 

 

 

STORY OF SISTER WHOSE BROTHER LOST HIS HAND TO THE BUZZ SAW

by Victoria Walvis (Hong Kong)

 

 

SWIFT DEPARTURE by Will Ingrams (Suffolk, UK)

 

 

 

THE BREAK UP by Partridge Boswell (Vermont)

 

 

 

 


 

MORE ABOUT THE WINNERS

Greg Rappleye lives in Grand Haven, Michigan. His second collection of poems, A Path Between Houses (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000) won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. His third collection, Figured Dark (University of Arkansas Press, 2007) was co-winner of the Arkansas Prize in Poetry was published in the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His fourth collection, Tropical Landscape with Ten Hummingbirds, was published in the fall of 2018 by Dos Madres Press. He teaches in the English Department at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Matt Hohner is an editor for Loch Raven Review. He once won a poetry slam in Washington State over the phone from Baltimore, Maryland. He has adapted a poem of his with composer Brechtje into lyrics for a song performed in Amsterdam. Hohner’s first collection is Thresholds and Other Poems (Apprentice House 2018). Salmon Poetry will publish his next collection in 2023. Hohner has published in six countries and four continents. He lives in Baltimore, USA.

Pippa Gough was born in England, but grew up in sub-Saharan Africa.  She enjoyed an itinerant childhood and developed extraordinary talents in being as adaptable as a chameleon but as rootless as a milk tooth.  She has had a number of careers – all of them connected to nursing and health care, about which she grows increasingly passionate.  She is currently an executive coach working mainly with health care workers and lives Kent with Nick.

Phillip Crymble is a physically disabled writer and literary scholar from Belfast. A poetry editor at The Fiddlehead, he holds a MFA from the University of Michigan and has published poems in Magma, The North, The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review, Iota, The Forward Book of Poetry, and elsewhere. In 2007 he was selected to read in Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series. In 2016, Not Even Laughter, his first book-length collection, came out with Salmon Poetry.

Michael Lavers is the author of After Earth, published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, Southwest Review, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. He has been awarded the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, the Moth Poetry Prize, and the Bridport Poetry Prize. Together with his wife, the writer and artist Claire Åkebrand, and their two children, he lives in Provo, Utah, and teaches at Brigham Young University. 

Alice Twemlow (Ph.D RCA/V&A) is a design historian and research professor at The Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) and Leiden University and a professor by special appointment at University of Amsterdam. She contributes essays about all aspects of design culture to publications such as Disegno, MacGuffin and Dirty FurnitureThese range from critiques of the anti-clutter movement and toilet paper branding to readings of manifestations of post-disposal design such as plastiglomerate and space junk.

Maureen Boyle lives in Belfast where this summer she retires from teaching after thirty years – 28 of them in St Dominic’s Grammar School on the Falls Road.  She will miss the students but be glad to have more time for writing, the garden and her allotment and plans to be on some class of beach in the first week of September in celebration and because she can.

Victoria Walvis lives on Lamma, a subtropical island without llamas in Hong Kong, with one foot in Florence Italy—soon home. She’s part England, part Holland, part perfectionist tomboy. Passions are moving words small distances on paper and swimming inexpertly with a lot of splashing. She’s powered by coffee, but it won’t sponsor her. Poet of the Peel Street Poets, she’s performed for the Economist and HK International Literary Festival, and runs curious poetry workshops for anyone remotely curious.

Will Ingrams writes poetry, short stories and the occasional novel at his cottage in rural Suffolk. He has won or been shortlisted in a number of competitions over the years, and has a blog at https://willingwordwhirl.wordpress.com where more of his poems can be found. Will’s flesh and blood avatar has spent time as a forecourt attendant, a postman, a teacher, and a computer geek before turning to writing and growing vegetables.

Partridge Boswell is a stay-at-home rover, father of seven, and author of the Grolier Award-winning collection Some Far Country. When not hitchhiking or freighthopping, his bindlestiff poems have recently found homes in Poetry, Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Rattle and The Moth. Co-founder of Bookstock Literary Festival, he troubadours widely with the poetry/music group Los Lorcas, whose debut release Last Night in America (2021) is available on Thunder Ridge Records. Please say hello when you see him busking on Grafton Street.

 


 

The overall winning poem:

  

Letter to Dowsie, from Roethke in Ireland

 

                                -St. Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital at Ballinasloe,

                                         County Galway, September 3, 1960

 

Driven mad by channel wrack and fresh sprats in bad oil,

sobbing on the oyster dock, at lowest tide I was

rowed to the mail boat by a barefoot Carmelite,

then lugged ashore at Cleggan and poured into the back

of a Singer sedan. I swore I’d suppress my “affect”

for a splash on our way to the bughouse,

and the good padre, having tippled with me

in those dicey island days, found nothing against the faith

in that. He meted out Kilbeggan’s every ten miles

or-so, toasting each chosen apostle, excluding the Iscariot,

but counting Matthias and Paul.  As single-pot prodigal,

I’ve found an easier, softer way: drinking cold buttermilk,

noshing stewed apples and mealy fishcakes

with the daft nuns and my attending physician,

a kindly man who is the spitball image of Barry Fitzgerald. 

Walrus-like, I’ve wallowed in the hydro baths

as in our famous days at Mercywood, and thanks

to my trans-Atlantic laurels, my benzo-calm

and affable demeanor, I’m driven to a public house

on seisiún nights aboard the moron-bus, and allowed

two stiff drinks and the recitation of a poem.

It’s grand to hush the fiddles and part a cloud of pipe smoke,

led through the tavern door by four orderlies in white,

as if I’m blind O’Carolan, stumbled home at last,

escorted by that squadroon of virtuous angels

by which minor deities are ushered into the world.

On the wall chart of temperaments, mine approaches a shaker

of dry martinis—sanguine with ice and three drops of melancholic.

Dowsie, when did you last climb a honeysuckle trellis?

When did you last scurry through an asylum greenhouse,

tripping over clay pots and hashing your knees?

I imagine you now as sea-lioness, sleek and black,

your most clever pup dropped carelessly,

left to gorge on red dulse in a midnight sea

and you, shrieking all those long tumultuous hours

atop a granite rock, eelgrass wilding beyond you in the surf.

Greg Rappleye

 


 

 

SHORT-LIST:

(Alphabetical order)

There are 95 poems on the short-list. The total entry was 2,987. 

night men rowing

Nick

Allen

To my Reader

Lucia

Altenhofen

Obits

Jayne

Benjulian

Green Parrots

Michelle

Bitting

Boxing Day

Michelle

Bitting

How Not to Kill a Chicken

Sharon

Black

When to Flip the Pancakes

Elizabeth

Boquet

The Breakup

Partridge

Boswell

My Lucky Day

Partridge

Boswell

Parting Shot

Partridge

Boswell

The Breakup (2)

Partridge

Boswell

First Time

Maureen

Boyle

Timepiece

Alan

Buckley

Yellowstone and what the bears mean

Sue

Burge

Tea Ceremony

Carol

Caffrey

Stilts

Jean

Cassidy

When I said I wouldn’t love again,
but then I tried

Toni

Chappell

THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH

John

Claxton

Flour

Brid

Connolly

This is a Confessional Poem

Alexandra

Corrin-Tachibana

They Say You Sleep 1/3 Of Your Life
In The Dark With Animals

Simon

Costello

Coaxing

Kathryn

Crowley

The Rowan Berries of Winter

Phillip

Cymble

i had my share of graves

Isabell

Dahlberg

Veronica Lake

Robert

Daseler

Notes addressed to the person who
received my ex’s heart

Sophie

Dumont

Question for a Friend at the
Edge of Passing

Simon Peter

Eggertsen

Soundtrack

Billy

Fenton

A Chair

Chris

Fitzgerald

Polaroid of a girl from Pennsylvania

Stacey

Forbes

I am unlearning

Julia

Forster

The Lord’s Work in Uganda

Gary

Geddes

What we do

E A

Gleeson

Don’t rush to clean her room

Pippa

Gough

Edward Hopper’s Soir Blue

Jennifer

Harrison

Lady of the Beasts

Lenore

Hart

Apartment in Lucca

Orla

Hennessy

Sea Change

Orla

Hennessy

There’s Something About Moonlight

Orla

Hennessy

I am Glad to be Your Daughter

Rachael

Hill

Chemo

Matt

Hohner

Questions I would ask if we ever got married

Tamsin

Hopkins

1921

Paddy

Hunter

Practicing the Saving

Christina

Hutchins

Northern California Interior

Christina

Hutchins

A Hilltop Piked in Spruce

Cory

Ingram

Swift Departure

Will

Ingrams

On an English allotment

Anthony

Kelly

Peony picker

Caire

Kieffer

Maun Sanctuary

Mel

Konner

Soundview Dawn

Mel

Konner

the song of tattie-bogle

Charlie

la Fosse

Grateful

Vanessa

Lampert

Ode to Ignorance

Michael

Lavers

Diagnosis

Stacey

Lawrence

Man with Green Gloves

Sarah

Lawson

The Convent Rose

Fidelma

Mahon

Best Wishes to the Next Bride

Susan

Manchin

Men With Guns

Seán

Martin

Cherry Brandy

Jenny

McRobert

A Marriage Come Evening

Cathy

Miller

Monday Totems

Cathy

Miller

Quantum Decoherence

Brookes

Moody

Dartmouth Square

Martin

Murphy

Operation Sophistication

Olive

Murray Power

The Colour of Water

Susan

Musgrave

The Devil’s Wife

Damen

O’Brien

INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
McCORMICK No. 5 HAYRAKE

Thomas

O’Grady

Kia Ora

Judy

O’Kane

For Jeanne Villepreux-Power

Chloe

Orrock

The tap in grief’s kitchen

Chloe

Orrock

Cut Flowers

Trevor

Parsons

Letter to Dowsie from Roethke in Ireland

Greg

Rappleye

Desuetude

Ann

Reckling

INTO THE RED LIGHT of the great
burning in Oregon 2020

Leo

Rivers

Dusk

Robin

Schwarz

A Letter For Neruda

Robin

Schwarz

The conditions on which I will
come to your funeral

Tessa

Scott

Letters that Work

Chris

Scriven

Full Disclosure

Saudamini

Siegrist

The Leafing of Cabbage

Annette

Sisson

Night Heron Under a Crescent Moon

Kevin

Smith

On Poetry as a Motive for Murder

Harvey

Soss

Wild Thing, I Think I Love You

Harvey

Soss

Whom Should I Run to Tell?

Genevieve

Stevens

Big Earrings and a Hat

L.J.

Sysko

daphne

Cecily

Trepagnier

December Sunlight by Harry Nisbet,
1919, Oil on Canvas

Alice

Twemlow

Ultramarine

Barbara

Tyler

Story of a Sister whose Brother
Lost his Hand to the Buzz Saw

Victoria

Walvis

Sodium

Christopher

Watson

A Small Cabin

Christopher

Watson

At the Nursing Home

Leland

Whipple

Foil

Milena

Williamson

Charging

Enda

Wyley

After

Enda

Wyley

Encountering the Unicorn

Steve

Xerri

 


 

 

LONG-LIST

(Alphabetical order)

There are 394 poems on the long-list. The total entry was 2,987. 

Title

First Name

Last Name

Still Life

Edward

Adderson

Parallax

Vasiliki

Albedo

Glaucus and the apple

Esa

Aldegheri

sorry charlie

Esteban

Allard-Valdivieso

deerform

Nick

Allen

night   men   rowing

Nick

Allen

To my Reader

Lucia

Altenhofen

Imperdible (Safety Pin)

David

Alvarez

His Lemon Water Dilemma

Nitsa

Anastasiades

Self-Help

Ingrid

Andersson

In a Swedish Hanseatic Town

Ingrid

Andersson

Bowl Barrow

Lottie

Angell

Anyone could write these lines

JACOB

ARVESON

For Marilyn

Roger

Asleson

Woman, Indeterminate Age,
Has Changed Her Mind

Maxine

Backus

Cisternino, Puglia

Maxine

Backus

Lighting a candle in a strange church

Verity

Baldry

THE APARTMENT

Madhurii E.L.

Ball

In the heavy air of a once-vogueish home

Diana

Bandut

Attachment

Jill

Barker

Ageless

Helen

Bar Lev

Killers

Alex

Barr

It’s Sushi Wenesday at the upscale grocery

Ellen

Beals

Quest

Angela

Beese

You’ve got to take your love where you can get it

Angela

Beese

Airborne

Anneke

Bender

Obits

Jayne

Benjulian

Sky Fall

Jackie

Bennett

Goats

Donald

Berk

Boxing Day

Michelle

Bitting

Green Parrots

Michelle

Bitting

DIAGNOSTICS

David

Black

Victoria

Sharon

Black

Six Blankets

Sharon

Black

How Not to Kill a Chicken

Sharon

Black

If I ha my way…

Andy

Blackford

LAST KNOCKINGS

Adrian

Blackledge

Spirals

Rosalin

Blue

Brother Blue

Roger

Bonner

When to Flip the Pancakes

Elizabeth

Boquet

Release

Peter

Borchers

Infinity and beyond

Peter

Borchers

Beer and Sandwiches

Partridge

Boswell

Inheritance

Partridge

Boswell

Strike Anywhere

Partridge

Boswell

Ode to My Vocation

Partridge

Boswell

Polaris Star Trails

Partridge

Boswell

SparkNotes

Partridge

Boswell

The Return

Partridge

Boswell

The Speed of Ice

Partridge

Boswell

The Breakup

Partridge

Boswell

My Lucky Day

Partridge

Boswell

Parting Shot

Partridge

Boswell

The Breakup (2)

Partridge

Boswell

The Best Age

Charlie

Bowrey

First Time

Maureen

Boyle

Takings

Caroline

Bracken

Owwwwww Mnn

Paula

Brancato

The house in the night

Esther

Brazil

The Performance

Esther

Brazil

Faces

Esther

Brazil

TUMBLEWEED

Rory

Brennan

DRY-EYED AR GRAVESIDES

Rory

Brennan

Alice’s Return to Wonderland

Hans

Brinckmann

The Test

Robert

Brown

Timepiece

Alan

Buckley

The Invisible Woman

Alexander

Buelt

Yellowstone and what the bears mean

Sue

Burge

Munich Freiheit

Jen

Burke Anderson

That thing

Liz

Byrne

Outcry

Carol

Caffrey

Tea Ceremony

Carol

Caffrey

Stilts

Jean

Cassidy

Eve

Deborah

Catesby

Constellation

Deborah

Catesby

Gate

Deborah

Catesby

Overkill: how the fish see it

Tim

Cawkwell

Waiting in Forest Lawn

Joseph

Chamberlain

Remembering Tim at Olcott Beach

Joseph

Chamberlain

Coming Upon Cyclamen

Mary

Chantrell

When I said I wouldn’t love again, but then I tried

Toni

Chappell

Road Kill

Helen

Chinitz

Arnett Blvd

Caleb

Choate

THE UNRAVELING

John

Claxton

THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH

John

Claxton

Onlookers – poem in memory of George Floyd

Don

Colburn

Onlookers at 38th & Chicago

Don

Colburn

Changing Measure of Time

Katie

Colombus

Wardrobe

Brid

Connolly

Flour

Brid

Connolly

Postcard from Grand Anse

Alan

Coombe

Home

Alexandra

Corrin-Tachibana

Her

Alexandra

Corrin-Tachibana

This is a Confessional Poem

Alexandra

Corrin-Tachibana

Russian Roulette for Beginners

Simon

Costello

The Other Café

Tony

Costello

They Say You Sleep 1/3 Of Your Life
In The Dark With Animals

Simon

Costello

The Human Exhibit

Miriam

Craig

Well-stowed

Miriam

Craig

Gilmore Girls

Miriam

Craig

Thirteen Ways to Use a Mobile

Paul

Crichton

Mother

Elena

Croitoru

The Handbag

Barbara

Crossley

Birds

Laurie

Crowley

Coaxing

Kathryn

Crowley

The Rowan Berries of Winter

Phillip

Cymble

To Want to Kill a Mockingbird at 2 in the Morning

Brittany

Curran

i had my share of graves

Isabell

Dahlberg

Lentil Salad

Robert

Daseler

Veronica Lake

Robert

Daseler

Turn

Jenny

de Ceapog

Child’s Silk Kaftan with Tiger Stripes
(Victoria & Albert Museum)

Eilín

de Paor

The Visitor

Julian

Debreuil

King Cat

Julian

Debreuil

Religion as Government

Julian

Debreuil

Tide’s edge

Olga

Dermott-Bond

centenary

Heather

Derr-Smith

Tonito

Gary

Diamond

Village

Piaras

Dineen

another winter

Bill

Dodd

Ward song

Nuala

Doherty

The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck

Caroline

Drew

In confidence

Gavan

Duffy

The comet is gone, but here are the meteors

Heather

Duffy

Notes addressed to the person

who received my ex’s heart

Sophie

Dumont

Passer Londinius

Michael

Dunne

Question for a Friend at the Edge of Passing

Simon Peter

Eggertsen

Not any more

Lyn

Ellis

Between

Jennie

Ensor

There

Jennie

Ensor

Emissary

Charles

Evans

Antillia unfound

Dena

Fakhro

sometimes i like to

Brady

Fauth

Soundtrack

Billy

Fenton

Apple

Rachel

Ferguson

West

Cian

Ferriter

Unfinished

Cormac

Fitzgerald

A Chair

Chris

Fitzgerald

Factory

Mary

Fitzpatrick

Rockpool

Sharon

Flynn

Knot

Stacey

Forbes

Polaroid of a girl from Pennsylvania

Stacey

Forbes

Strong Men, Carrying Horses

Cy

Forrest

What I thought while crashing the car,
Boxing Day 2013

Julia

Forster

I am unlearning

Julia

Forster

I Hate You for Asking/ The Answer is Yes

Naoise

Gale

Stone fruit

Barbara

Geary Truan

By No Means Gone

Gary

Geddes

All That Rains

Gary

Geddes

The Lord’s Work in Uganda

Gary

Geddes

Free Solo

Ellen Girardeau

What we do

E A

Gleeson

October 2012

Amy

Glynn

A good suit makes a man appear trimmer,
taller and stronger

Nicolette

Golding

Don’t rush to clean her room

Pippa

Gough

Thanatos

Louise

Green

Poet Tree

Jonathan

Greenhause

At a Crossroads

Jonathan

Greenhause

Near the Opera House

Joseph

Grikis

Spilt Milk

Nancy

Gunning

Understory

Nancy

Gunning

Everywhere Inside Me

Nancy

Gunning

My Heart Was A Fragile Blue-Black Shell

Nancy

Gunning

Theology

I

Hanson

come as you are

William

Harris

Edward Hopper’s Soir Blue

Jennifer

Harrison

Borrow

Alan

Hart

Lady of the Beasts

Lenore

Hart

After Sally Mann, Thinner

Lisa

Hartz

The Voyager Spacecraft and The Golden Record

Eoin

Hegarty

Apartment in Lucca

Orla

Hennessy

Sea Change

Orla

Hennessy

There’s Something About Moonlight

Orla

Hennessy

Triptych

Petra

Hilgers

I am Glad to be Your Daughter

Rachael

Hill

From The Big Book of Cornish Postcards

Deirdre

Hines

Putty Hill

Matt

Hohner

Chemo

Matt

Hohner

Boatman, Pass By

Kathleen

Holliday

November Morning Unlike Others

Kirsty

Hollings

Mask Me

Karen

Hones

My dog is reading Nietzsche…again

Eleanor

Hooker

Questions I would ask if we ever got married

Tamsin

Hopkins

Chuang-tzu Feels the Weight of the World

Adam

Horvath

Geological Study

Diana

Howard

Hide and Seek

Susan

Hubbard

Only a Chair

Robert

Hume

1921

Haddy

Hunter

All We Could Do Was Laugh

Christina

Hutchins

String Theory

Christina

Hutchins

Practicing the Saving

Christina

Hutchins

Northern California Interior

Christina

Hutchins

At the Smithy

Cory

Ingram

A Hilltop Piked in Spruce

Cory

Ingram

Swift Departure

Will

Ingrams

The Lady of the Lake

Jenni

Jackson

Invitation

Judith

Janoo

Chow Chow

Karla

K

Directions

Eileen

Kavanagh

Dispersed

Rebecca

Keating

Bubble Mixture

Corinna

Keefe

Holy Innocents

James

Kelly

Remember The Un-barred Bones

John D.

Kelly

On an English allotment

Anthony

Kelly

Waving in Space

Vincent

Kenny

Imagination

Peter

Kent

My Psychiatrist Keeps Reminding Me
That Depression is Anger Turned Inward

Jay

Kidd

Peony picker

Claire

Kieffer

They Say We Are

Sara

Kiiru

Tongueless Nightingale

Sara

Kiiru

Death of a structuralist

Katja

Knezevic

Blue Ridge

Mel

Konner

Convalescent Summer

Mel

Konner

Kxai-Kxai Dawn

Mel

Konner

South Shore

Mel

Konner

Maun Sanctuary

Mel

Konner

Soundview Dawn

Mel

Konner

Mid-Spring

Alison

Kreiss

gabriel

Charlie

la Fosse

the song of tattie-bogle

Charlie

la Fosse

The lost ones

Mran-Maree

Laing

Belonging

Vanessa

Lampert

Grateful

Vanessa

Lampert

To My Ex Husband,

Ryan

Lannigan

Tickers

Miles

Larmour

Ode to Ignorance

Michael

Lavers

Poetry Lesson for Golfers

Joe

Lawlor

Diagnosis

Stacey

Lawrence

Suppose Princip Had Missed

Sarah

Lawson

Once in Lascaux

Sarah

Lawson

Man with Green Gloves

Sarah

Lawson

Arguing with Buddha

James

Leader

March-you are my favorite month

Gabriele

Lees

He Sees the Smaller Picture

Liz

Lefroy

Pulse

Colin

Lightbourn

Meditation man and my meditative state

jordan

lillis

Field

Sue

Lockwood

Fledgling

Priya

Logan

Appurtenant

Michael

Lyle

New Shoes For a Funeral

Michael

Lynch

Glacier Bay

Peter

Maeck

The Convent Rose

Fidelma

Mahon

Burning Trees

Dave

Mahony

Framing that Circle

Dave

Mahony

Best Wishes to the Next Bride

Susan

Manchin

Lesson

Luigi

Marchini

Men With Guns

Seán

Martin

Shannon Diving

Paul

McCarrick

Waiting for the snow

Penny

McCarthy

Blue Brindle

Kathleen

McCracken

Yesterday’s Bar

Kathleen

McCracken

Wings

alison

mccrossan

Break This

Scott

McDaniel

A Prayer for the Solitary

Meghan

McNamara

Cusp

Kate

McQuade

Breathe

Jenny

McRobert

Finding Cenotes

Jenny

McRobert

Sailing the high seas with my brother

Jenny

McRobert

Cherry Brandy

Jenny

McRobert

Mosquito Net for Rwanda

Isabella

Mead

For Fuck’s Sake

Fiona

Meehan

Of Wolves

Becca

Menshen

‘Miscarriage’

Dante

Micheaux

faith

Cathy

Miller

Last Codicella

Cathy

Miller

Before Dawn

Cathy

Miller

Monday Totems

Cathy

Miller

A Marriage Come Evening

Cathy

Miller

Witness at Olallie Creek

Tamara

Moan

Quantum Decoherence

Brookes

Moody

The Clemency of Old Kings

Darren

Morris

Late ’80s, mid-afternoon in June

Cassandra

Moss

Strangers Again

Mary

Mulholland

they say its glamorous to have
french grandchildren

Mary

Mulholland

Fish and Bicycle

James

Murphy

Wood shed

M

Murphy

Dartmouth Square

Martin

Murphy

Day of Days

Olive

Murray Power

Operation Sophistication

Olive

Murray Power

The Broker

Tegan

Murrell

The Colour of Water

Susan

Musgrave

White Heritage
(A Blasphemy in the key of lHell)

Iain

Napier

Papa’s Aftershave

Jordan

Nishkian

Ode to my Envy

Damen

O’Brien

The Longest Wave

Damen

O’Brien

The Beasts

Damen

O’Brien

The Devil’s Wife

Damen

O’Brien

Saturday Night

Kathleen

O’Brien

INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
McCORMICK No. 5 HAYRAKE

Thomas

O’Grady

Kia Ora

Judy

O’Kane

My father came to me last night

Denis

O’Sullivan

The Only Poem I’ll Ever Write About
My Father’s Dementia

Jon

Olseth

Home, Where I Am Not

Nicole

Olweean

Forgiveness

Rena

Ong

Edale

Madeleine

Orange

To My Step Daughter (Nattfjärilar)

Madeleine

Orange

The stones

Chloe

Orrock

For Jeanne Villepreux-Power

Chloe

Orrock

The tap in grief’s kitchen

Chloe

Orrock

The Bicycles

Fran

Palumbo

Cut Flowers

Trevor

Parsons

Incapacitating the Agent

Ann

Pelletier-Topping

Gecko

Jill

Penny

Fusion

Fiona

Perry

The Window

Michael

Phillips

The Shell Game

Michael

Phillips

La Anjana

Benjamin

Radcliffe

Self-flagellation and the Falls

PETER

RAMM

Letter to Dowsie from Roethke in Ireland

Greg

Rappleye

Desuetude

Ann

Reckling

When we were still mistaking me for female

Arien

Reed

The Yellow House

Jennifer

Reid

Exit

Joan

Renino

After Jim Beam

Elisabeth

Ribbans

Ribbon Gum

Sarah

Rice

The Binman Knows this Early Ebb

Bill

Richardson

INTO THE RED LIGHT of the great
burning in Oregon 2020

Leo

Rivers

John the Baptist

Everett

Roberts

Summer Festival

Bruce

Sarbit

Tick Tock

Janice

Schantz

Book of A Thousand Regrets: The First Three

Nancy

Schoenberger

Dusk

Robin

Schwarz

A Letter For Neruda

Robin

Schwarz

The conditions on which I will come to your funeral

Tessa

Scott

Letters that Work

Chris

Scriven

El Malpais

Lindsay

Sears

body singing

Renée

Sgroi

Suitcase

Penny

Sharman

littlewomen#figmentsof

Penny

Sharman

Lost in Translocation

Quentin

Shaw

Reminiscence Bump

Quentin

Shaw

Hook and eye

Susan

Shepherd

Missed Calls

Christopher

Shipman

To My Mind

Laura

Shore

Full Disclosure

Saudamini

Siegrist

Ode to Retirement

Annette

Sisson

The Leafing of Cabbage

Annette

Sisson

The Incomplete Poems of Archer Baldwin

Samuel

Smith

Night Heron Under a Crescent Moon

Kevin

Smith

His Name was Yitzhak

Harvey

Soss

Incidents and Accidents in
Pursuit of a Manifest Destiny

Harvey

Soss

On Poetry as a Motive for Murder

Harvey

Soss

Wild Thing, I Think I Love You

Harvey

Soss

Smoking in Greece

Luke

Soucy

Haiku Calendar

Rachel

Spence

Peace Pilgrim

Kathleen

Spivack

Google Maps

Joel

Stein

Whom Should I Run to Tell?

Genevieve

Stevens

Premeditated Happiness

Sarah

Stickney

Only Now, Black Snake

Jasper

Swann

Ship’s Clock

Jasper

Swann

Thistle on Mars

Jasper

Swann

Date and Walnut

Jasper

Swann

Naked

Tigi

Syme

The Mall

L.J.

Sysko

Big Earrings and a Hat

L.J.

Sysko

Thanksgiving Prayer

Adam

Tamashasky

My Crow

Mary

Tate

For Eyeing My Scars

Mary

Tate

Portrait of My Anxiety As An Imp

Rosamund

Taylor

Dharma without Dogma

Jane

Thomas

daphne

Cecily

Trepagnier

December Sunlight by Harry Nisbet,
1919, Oil on Canvas

Alice

Twemlow

Ultramarine

Barbara

Tyler

Meltdown

Mukta

Vasudeva

Stolen Jasmine

Roger

Vickery

ON THE OCCASION OF MY FATHER’S
ONE HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY

Maggie

Wadey

On Coming Back to Earth

Lucy

Wadham

So I’m In The Car

Lucy

Wadham

Clay Pipes

Fiona Ritchie

Walker

Nothing Special

Lindsay

Waller-Wilkinson

The Parkinson’s Enigma

Rob

Wallis

Milawa Church

Rob

Wallis

Story of a Sister whose Brother
Lost his Hand to the Buzz Saw

Victoria

Walvis

ON THE WAY

Tony

Ward

Freedom

Angela

Washington

Sodium

Christopher

Watson

A Small Cabin

Christopher

Watson

James Joyce singing, with guitar

Richard

Westley

At the Nursing Home

Leland

Whipple

In the Soft Still-Falling Snow

Alice

White

The Covid Alphabet

Elizabeth

Whyatt

Tea for Four (with a nod to John Betjeman)

Fiona

Wild

Cuthbert and the Seals

John

Williams

Magritte in Hartlepool

John

Williams

Foil

Milena

Williamson

Noah’s Daughter

Jay

Wilson

In a field, outside Princeton, New Jersey

Martha

Wingfield

The Art of Dying – a triptych

Pat

Winslow

Extraction

Pat

Winslow

Dynasty

Amaury

Wonderling

Charging

Enda

Wyley

After

Enda

Wyley

Encountering the Unicorn

Steve

Xerri

Two Odes & An Elegy

Jeanne

Yeasting

Picture Never Taken

Sharon

Yencharis

 

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Fish Anthology 2020

Fish Anthology 2020

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. ~ Colum McCann


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Fish Anthology 2019

These glorious pieces have spun across the globe – pit-stopping in Japan, the Aussie outback, Vancouver, Paris, Amsterdam and our own Hibernian shores – traversing times past, present and imagined future as deftly as they mine the secret tunnels of the human heart. Enjoy the cavalcade. – Mia Gallagher


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Fish Anthology 2019

Fish Anthology 2018

The standard is high, in terms of the emotional impact these writers managed to wring from just a few pages. – Billy O’Callaghan

Loop-de-loopy, fizz, and dazzle … unique and compelling—compressed, expansive, and surprising. – Sherrie Flick

Every page oozes with a sense of place and time. – Marti Leimbach

Energetic, dense with detail … engages us in the act of seeing, reminds us that attention is itself a form of praise. – Ellen Bass


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Fish Anthology 2017

Fish Anthology 2017

Dead Souls has the magic surplus of meaning that characterises fine examples of the form – Neel Mukherjee
I was looking for terrific writing of course – something Fish attracts in spades, and I was richly rewarded right across the spectrum – Vanessa Gebbie
Really excellent – skilfully woven – Chris Stewart
Remarkable – Jo Shapcott


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Fish Anthology 2016

The practitioners of the art of brevity and super-brevity whose work is in this book have mastered the skills and distilled and double-distilled their work like the finest whiskey.


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Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco

Sunrise Sunset

€12  (incl. p&p)   Sunrise Sunset by Tina Pisco Read Irish Times review by Claire Looby Surreal, sad, zany, funny, Tina Pisco’s stories are drawn from gritty experience as much as the swirling clouds of the imagination.  An astute, empathetic, sometimes savage observer, she brings her characters to life. They dance themselves onto the pages, […]


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Fish Anthology 2015

Fish Anthology 2015

How do we transform personal experience of pain into literature? How do we create and then chisel away at those images of others, of loss, of suffering, of unspeakable helplessness so that they become works of art that aim for a shared humanity? The pieces selected here seem to prompt all these questions and the best of them offer some great answers.
– Carmen Bugan.


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Fish Anthology 2014

Fish Anthology 2014

What a high standard all round – of craft, imagination and originality: and what a wide range of feeling and vision.
Ruth Padel

I was struck by how funny many of the stories are, several of them joyously so – they are madcap and eccentric and great fun. Others – despite restrained and elegant prose – managed to be devastating. All of them are the work of writers with talent.
Claire Kilroy


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Fish Anthology 2013

Fish Anthology 2013

The writing comes first, the bottom line comes last. And sandwiched between is an eye for the innovative, the inventive and the extraordinary.


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Fish Anthology 2012

A new collection from around the globe: innovative, exciting, invigorating work from the writers and poets who will be making waves for some time to come. David Mitchell, Michael Collins, David Shields and Billy Collins selected the stories, flash fiction, memoirs and poems in this anthology.


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Fish Anthology 2011

Reading the one page stories I was a little dazzled, and disappointed that I couldn’t give the prize to everybody. It’s such a tight format, every word must count, every punctuation mark. ‘The Long Wet Grass’ is a masterly bit of story telling … I still can’t get it out of my mind.
– Chris Stewart


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Fish Anthology 2010

The perfectly achieved story transcends the limitations of space with profundity and insight. What I look for in fiction, of whatever length, is authenticity and intensity of feeling. I demand to be moved, to be transported, to be introduced into other lives. The stories I have selected for this anthology have managed this. – Ronan Bennett, Short Story Judge.


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Fish Anthology 2009 – Ten Pint Ted

I sing those who are published here – they have done a very fine job. It is difficult to create from dust, which is what writers do. It is an honour to have read your work. – Colum McCann


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Fish Anthology 2008 – Harlem River Blues

The entries into this year’s Fish Short Story Prize were universally strong. From these the judges have selected winners, we believe, of exceptional virtue. – Carlo Gebler


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Fish Anthology 2007

I was amazed and delighted at the range and quality of these stories. Every one of them was interesting, well-written, beautifully crafted and, as a short-story must, every one of them focused my attention on that very curtailed tableau which a short-story necessarily sets before us. – Michael Collins


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Fish Anthology 2006 – Grandmother, Girl, Wolf and Other Stories

These stories voice all that is vibrant about the form. – Gerard Donovan. Very short stories pack a poetic punch. Each of these holds its own surprise, or two. Dive into these seemingly small worlds. You’ll come up anew. – Angela Jane Fountas


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All the King’s Horses – Anthology of Historical Short Stories

Each of the pieces here has been chosen for its excellence. They are a delightfully varied assortment. More than usual for an anthology, this is a compendium of all the different ways that fiction can succeed. I invite you to turn to ‘All the King’s Horses’. The past is here. Begin.
– Michel Faber


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Fish Anthology 2005 – The Mountains of Mars and Other Stories

Literary anthologies, especially of new work, act as a kind of indicator to a society’s concerns. This Short Story collection, such a sharp and useful enterprise, goes beyond that. Its internationality demonstrates how our concerns are held in common across the globe. – Frank Delaney


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Fish Anthology 2004 – Spoonface and Other Stories

From the daily routine of a career in ‘Spoonface’, to the powerful, recurring image of a freezer in ‘Shadow Lives’. It was the remarkable focus on the ordinary that made these Fish short stories such a pleasure to read. – Hugo Hamilton


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Feathers & Cigarettes

In a world where twenty screens of bullshit seem to be revolving without respite … there is nothing that can surpass the ‘explosion of art’ and its obstinate insistence on making sense of things. These dedicated scribes, as though some secret society, heroically, humbly, are espousing a noble cause.
– Pat McCabe


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Franklin’s Grace

It’s supposed to be a short form, the good story, but it has about it a largeness I love. There is something to admire in all these tales, these strange, insistent invention. They take place in a rich and satisfying mixture of places, countries of the mind and heart. – Christopher Hope


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Asylum 1928

There are fine stories in this new anthology, some small and intimate, some reaching out through the personal for a wider, more universal perspective, wishing to tell a story – grand, simple, complex or everyday, wishing to engage you the reader. – Kate O’Riodan


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Five O’Clock Shadow

I feel like issuing a health warning with this Fish Anthology ­ these stories may seriously damage your outlook – Here the writers view the world in their unique way, and have the imagination, talent, and the courage to refine it into that most surprising of all art forms ­ the short story. – Clem Cairns.


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From the Bering Strait

Every story in this book makes its own original way in the world. knowing which are the telling moments, and showing them to us. And as the narrator of the winning story casually remarks, ‘Sometimes its the small things that amaze me’ – Molly McCloskey


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Scrap Magic

The stories here possess the difference, the quirkiness and the spark. They follow their own road and their own ideas their own way. It is a valuable quality which makes this collection a varied one. Read it, I hope you say to yourself like I did on many occasions, ‘That’s deadly. How did they think of that?’ – Eamonn Sweeney


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Dog Day

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


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The Stranger

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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?


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News & Articles

Poetry Prize 2021 Results, Long and Short-lists

15th May 2021
  Winners Short-list Long-list     Winners Here are the 10 winners, as chosen by judge Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2021 The Fish Anthology 2021 will  be launched as part of the West Cork Literary Festival  (July 2021), as an online event. The 10 winning poems will be published in […]

Flash Fiction Prize 2021: Results, Short & Long-lists

10th April 2021
Winners Short-list Long-list   From all of us at Fish, Congratulations to the writers whose Flash Stories were short or long-listed, and to the 10 winners.   Winners Here are the 10 winning Flash Fiction Stories, as chosen by Kathy Fish, to be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021. Comments on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd […]

Short Memoir Prize 2021: Results, Short & Long-lists

1st April 2021
Winners Short-list Long-list On behalf of all of us at Fish, we congratulate the 10 winners who made it to the Anthology, and those writers who made the long and short-lists.   The 10 Winners: Selected by Blake Morrison.         These 10 winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2021. FIRST […]

Short Story Prize 2020/21: Results, Short & Long-lists

17th March 2021
Winners Short-list Long-list On behalf of all of us at Fish, we would like to congratulate the 10 winners and also those who made the short and long lists.   The Ten Winners: Selected by Emily Ruskovich The 10 winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2021. (There were 1,631 entries to the competition.) […]

Fish Anthology 2020

9th November 2020
The Fish Anthology 2020 is now available. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to publish work from these wonderful writers. 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. ~ Colum McCann Read more about the […]

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