Fish Writers

Lane Ashfelt

Lane Ashfeldt’s story Dancing on Canvey was the winner of the Fish Short Histories Prize in 2006, and was published in the 2007 Fish Anthology.

Lane’s book of stories SaltWater was published by Liberties Press. Other short stories have appeared in magazines and journal, includingSouthword, Punk FictionDancing With Mr Darcy, The Guardian, Identity Theory, and The London Magazine.


Lane Ashfeldt

Lane Ashfeldt’s story Dancing on Canvey was the winner of the Fish Short Histories Prize in 2006, and was published in the 2007 Fish Anthology.

Lane’s book of stories SaltWater was published by Liberties Press. Other short stories have appeared in magazines and journal, includingSouthword, Punk FictionDancing With Mr Darcy, The Guardian, Identity Theory, and The London Magazine.

Lane’s new story @2016EVIE is available online to read.


Thomas Atkinson

Thomas’s story Me and Mr. Tinkles” appeared in the 2016 Fish Anthology, which was launched in July 2016. Since then Grimace in the Burnt black Hills has been published in New Stories from the Midwest 2016 (New American Press). Grace in the Embers in the December Magazine 27.2, where it took first place in the 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award, and Dancing Turtle in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2016, where it was short-listed to the top 20 stories.


 Amanda Addison

After winning the Fish book cover prize in 1997 I started writing fiction. I went on to do a Creative Writing MA in Norwich and write fiction with an art and design background, drawing upon my experiences as an artist. My most recent novel (in-progress), Picasso, Cream Horns and Tulips for Alice has received an Arts Council Award (link). I am represented by Sheil Land Associates (link) where they rightly say my interest in creative writing was sparked by winning the Fish Publishing Art Prize. and my crafty novel, Laura’s Handmade Life has been translated into French and German. So all in all Fish was an important stepping stone for me. Lots more on my website…

Kathy Coogan

Kathy’s collection of short stories was published in the U.S.A. Feb 2013. The title isBabies’ Breath, Stories of the Sad, the Sick, the Evil, and How They Were Born. The title story was a Fish Knife Runner-up in 2008 and appeared in the anthology Harlem River Blues. My poem Pigeons appeared in the same volume as a a micro-fiction winner.

In addition to her short story collection, Kathy has a writers’ website with two women writer-friends, giving freelance writing advice. For examples of Kathy’s published essays and short fiction:

Mark Fiddes

Runner-up in the 2012 Flash Fiction Competition for Fish Publishing, Mark Fiddes lives in South London and travels up to Soho every day as a word-worker – adverts, speeches, cartoons, stories, poems, blogs – anything with a full stop at the end. A philosophy graduate of Merton College, Oxford, he started out as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. before becoming creative director of a number international ad agencies. In recent years, he has completed a pirate novel for children Captain Jericho and the Golden Hinde. He was also shortlisted and published in the Lightship International Fiction Competition (Alma Publishing), as well as being a finalist in the 2012 National Poetry Prize.  Highly Commended in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition.

Séamus Scanlon

Séamus Scanlon won the Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2011 with his story, The Long Wet Grass. Subsequently Séamus’s book of short stories, As Close as You’ll Ever Be, has been published by Cairn Press. “Scanlon’s fierce, tough-minded stories effectively capture the tensions of Northern Ireland in you-are-there prose that will make you squirm.” Library Journal (Best Short Story Collections of 2012). The Long Wet Grass was made into a play, and subsequently a short film in 2017, staring Anna and Paul Nugent, directed by Justin Davey and with soundtrack by Markéta Irglová.

Biography from the 2011 Fish Anthology: Séamus is a native of Galway and currently living in New York.  He has an MFA in Creative Writing from City College where he won numerous awards for fiction and drama. He was a recipient of Arts Council Funding in 2005 and 2007. A runner up in 2010 Fish Publishing One Page Prize. Won the 2010 Over The Edge Writer of the Year award and was a finalist for the 2009 New Irish Writing Contest. Did he mention he won a certificate for swimming in national school?

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Michael Logan

Michael Logan is an award-winning Scottish novelist and journalist, currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. His first novel Apocalypse Cow – a comedic tale of zombie animals overrunning the UK – was joint winner of the Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now prize for debut novelists, and is published by Transworld. The US edition will be published by St. Martin’s Press in May 2013.

Michael has also published short fiction in literary journals and newspapers, including The Telegraph, Chapman, Underground Voices and Cutting Teeth. His flash fiction piece, We Will Go On Ahead And Wait For You, won Fish Publishing’s 2008 One-Page fiction competition.

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Annemarie Neary

Publication of my third prize story, Painting over Elsa, in the 2009 Fish Anthology was a terrific thrill. At that stage, I’d just started to submit material and it was only my second publication. I’m delighted to say that my novel, A Parachute in the LIme Tree, from which that story was taken, will now be published by The History Press Ireland in March 2012.

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Helena Nolan

The winner of the 2011 Poetry Prize is Helena Nolan

The winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for 2011 is Helena Nolan. Kilkenny-born Helena currently lives and works in Dublin, after a number of years abroad in London and Kuala Lumpur. In 2008 she received an MA in Creative Writing from UCD. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies and shortlisted in a range of competitions, including Fish and Strokestown. Last year she was awarded joint second prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Award. She lives in Shankill and is married with two sons.

The judge was the poet, novelist and screenwriter Brian Lynch. He described Helena Nolan’s entry, ‘The Bone House’, which was partly inspired by the 1937 visit to Ireland of the great American poet Elizabeth Bishop, as a leap upward in her work, a heartfelt bid to overcome the downward force of everyone’s everyday experience.

The €1,000 prize was presented by Peter Murphy, Chairman, Patrick Kavanagh Society at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan on Friday, 30th September 2011.

Sharing the second prize were Michael J. Whelan, Tallaght, Co. Dublin; Cliona O’Connell, Phibsborough, Dublin; and Andrew Jamison, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Co. Down.


Kurt Ackermann

Kurt Ackermann’s stories, memoir, magazine articles and opinion pieces have been published in North America, the UK and South Africa.

His recent story THE STAYING GROUND appears in the anthology From Jo’burg to Jozi: Stories about Africa’s infamous city published by Penguin Books in 2010. His short story (THE THEME FROM) LOVE STORY, earned recognition as a runner-up for the 2008 Fish One-Page Prize, and appears in the Fish Anthology, Harlem River Blues. He recently wrote several episodes for the SAFTA Award-winning television documentary series, A Country Imagined, about art, landscape and identity in South Africa, commissioned by the SABC and presented by Johnny Clegg. He is currently working on a 12 hour documentary film on apartheid due for release in 2014.

American by birth, Kurt has called South Africa home since 2000.


Áine Greaney

Áine’s short story, The Drop Outs was published in The 2002 Fish Anthology.

County Mayo author Aine Greaney’s second novel, Dance Lessons (Syracuse University Press, 2011) will be released on April 1, 2011. The book is contemporary story of a transatlantic, American-Irish marriage and the lies and secrets that immigrants tell. Author, Erin Hart, describes the book as ‘a subtle and intriguing story about regret and redemption.’ Read more about Áine’s work on her website,

Here’s a little more about Áine:  Born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, Áine Greaney is a writer and editor living on Boston’s North Shore. She is the author of the novel The Big House and the short story collection The Sheep Breeders Dance. In addition, she has written several award-winning short stories and numerous feature articles for the Irish Independent, The Fish Anthology, the Boston Globe Magazine, The Merrimack Valley Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Books Ireland, Sunday Irish Tribune, Natural Bridge, Cyphers, IMAGE Magazine, the Literary Review, among others. She has also won or been shortlisted for a number of writing awards

Áine’s story, The Drop Outs, can be read in our Short Stories to Read Online pages

Jo Cannon

Jo Cannon

In 2007 Jo Cannon’s story, Insignificant Gestures was published in the 2007 Fish Anthology. Encouraged, she began to submit more widely, and her stories have since been published in Cadenza, the New Writer, the Reader, Myslexia and Brand, among others.  Recently Jo’s work was included in the Route anthology, Book at Bedtime, andWillesdon Herald’s New Writing 4 and she was a Brit Writers Award finalist in 2010. Jo’s debut collection, also called Insignificant Gestures will be published by Pewter Rose Press in November 2010. In her other life Jo is a Sheffield G.P, married with two teenage sons.

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Natalie McNabb

Natalie McNabb lives and writes in Newcastle, Washington, USA. McNabb’s “Afters” was short-listed in the 2006 Fish Short Story contest and “ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” was a winner in the Fish June Micro-Fiction Showcase 2007. Her following publications included poetry and fiction for InterSECTIONS, Bricolage Literary and Arts Journal and Virtual Writer.  McNabb’s One Thumb Width Left of the Highest Oak Bough is currently available inEtchings 7 from Ilura Press. Forthcoming publications include a fictional piece, Revisions, for an anthology by Catalyst Book Press on the birthparent-parent-child adoption triad and View from a ’77 Chevy Scottsdale” which will appear alongside Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub and James Frey in Robert Starwood’s brainchild, Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. The book is set for release by W.W. Norton & Company on November 1, 2010 and is now available at, or W.W. Norton & Company. A clip on the book and this shortest of short fiction forms is available at McNabb can be contacted via her website at



James Lawless

James Lawless was born in Dublin and divides his time between Kildare and West Cork. His short story, The Halloween Party, was included in the first Fish anthology,The Fish Garden, 1995. First novel, Peeling Orangespublished in 2007. A play, The Fall, was performed in the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, the same year. His story, Jolt, was shortlisted for the Willesden Prize and appeared in New Short Stories 1, edited by Zadie Smith (London/ New York,Willesden Heral, 2007). Awards include the Scintilla Welsh Open Poetry competition in 2002 and the Cecil Day Lewis Play Award 2005 for What Are Neighbours For? Most recent short stories, Brown Brick, in The Stinging Fly’s new anthology, Let’s be alone together, and The Kiss in Sunday Tribune’s New Writing Page (04-01-09). A second novel, For Love of Anna was published in 2009 as was his book on modern poetry, Clearing The Tangled Wood: Poetry as a way of seeing the world,  ‘ . . . a linguistic ballet, learned and lively on behalf of poetry.’ John Montague. James also writes book reviews for Laura Hird’s online New Review and for the Irish Times and The Stinging Fly magazine.

James may be contacted on at his writer profile page.


Martin Malone

New Island has just published Martin’s collection, ‘Deadly Confederacies & Other Stories’ (2014). His short stories have been published on two occasions in Fish Anthologies. Black George in the 1997 Fish Anthology and Come to me Sweet Dementia in the 1999 Fish Anthology

Martin Malone is the author of five novels: Us (Poolbeg Press – winner of the John B. Keane/Sunday Independent Literary Award and shortlisted for the Irish Fiction Award 2001); After Kafra (Poolbeg Press – optioned for TV); The Broken Cedar(Simon & Schuster UK – IMPAC nominated); The Silence of the Glasshouse(New Island).

The Mango Wars cover to print:Layout 1.qxdHe is a winner of RTE’s Francis MacManus Short Story Prize and also of the K250 Killarney International Short Story Prize. Twice shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. Longlisted Sunday Times EFB Private Bank Short Story Award 2012.RTE Radio Drama has broadcast three radio plays. He has also written a memoir, ‘The Lebanon Diaries’.

Sunday Times EFB Private Bank Short Story Award 2012 longlisting. His first short story collection, ‘The Mango War and Other Stories’, appears in 2009. Stand UK (Leeds University) has accepted a brace of his short stories for publication in 2010. Currently reading for an M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College.

Wes Lee – Runner-up in The 2008 Fish Short Story Prize

Born in Lancashire, of Irish descent, Wes Lee emigrated to NZ with her parents as a child in the 70’s, and has spent her time living, travelling and working in both Hemispheres. She was a runner-up in the Fish Short Story Prize 2008. In the same year she won a number of awards, including, the Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Award, in Galway; The Short Fiction New Writers Competition (University of Plymouth Press); The Flosca Short Story Prize, judged by David Means; The Bronwyn Tate Memorial Award, in New Zealand, and was awarded 2nd place in The Kate Braverman Prize in San Francisco. Recent writing highlights include being chosen as a finalist for The Brit Writers’ Awards 2010, in London. Winning the 2010 Rodney Writes Premier Award, in New Zealand. Shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize 2010, in London, (Salt Publishing); and The 2010 William Soutar Writing Prize, in Scotland, judged by novelist and short story writer Ron Butlin. She has been shortlisted for numerous short story awards, including The Brian Moore Short Story Award, in Belfast, and has been published widely in Literary journals and Anthologies. More information can be found at her website:


Marc Phillips – overall winner of the 2004 Fish Short Story Prize

Marc Phillips (Winner: Fish Short Story Prize 2004 with The Mountains of Mars and published in the 2005 Fish Antology), was named Notable Writer of the Year in 2004, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and inclusion in Best American Short Stories anthologies. In 2007, his “Caye Caulker Tides” placed in the Fish/Crime Writers Association Fish-Knife Award, and “Different Than Any Day So Far” received editor’s choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. He regularly publishes fiction, poetry, articles and essays in the US and abroad.

Telegram Books will release Marc’s debut novel, Fifty Stone Men, in the Spring of 2009 (edited by the Fish Editorial Service).

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Paul Blaney

Paul was a finalist in the 2003 Fish Short Story Prize, with his story Man In a Wardrobe. This was published in the 2004 Fish Anthology, Spoonface & Other Stories. His two most recent stories have appeared in the 2004 and 2005 anthologies from Biscuit Publishing. He has recently shifted his base of operations to New Jersey (which turns out to be much like The Sopranos) while continuing to co-organise Tales of the DeCongested a monthly short story reading event at Foyles bookshop in London. Work goes on with his novel, Breeders, with frequent time-outs to make money and write short stories.


Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary won the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize in 2008 with her story about Lizzie Borden, Fall River, August 1892. Her short fiction can be found inSmokelong Quarterly, The Fish Anthology 2008, The Best of Every Day Fiction I and II, and in the Crime Writers’ Association Anthology, MO: Crimes of Practice. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009 for her story, Flood Plain. In 2010 she was shortlisted and Highly Commended in the Seán Ó Faoláin contest. Sarah is currently working on a crime novel. Her agent is Jane Gregory of Gregory & Company

Michele McGrath

Michele McGrath had her short story, Kilmainham Dawn published in the 2008 Fish Anthology. Her childeren’s book, A Night in the Manx Museum, was published by Lily Publications, 2008. Michele’s two stories, Son of Lir and Ghost Diaries are due to be published by Acorn Press in 2011

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Celia Bryce

Celia Bryce writes short stories and drama. Her short fiction has featured in Stand Magazine; The Cork Literary Review; and The Mail on Sunday amongst others. She has had a number of stories broadcast on Radio 4 and is a core fiction contributor to Women’s Weekly. Headlines and Other Growing Pains (Biscuit Publishing) is a collection of her short fiction and is due for publication in October 2005. Her radio play The Skategrinder (based on Skateblades published in the Fish Anthology 2000) won The Richard Imison Award, 2003. She has written drama for children, for medical education purposes and her short play, Magpies, was performed throughout the summer of 2005 at the Beehive Theatre, Dingle, County Kerry.

She has an MA in Creative Writing and was Writer in Residence for the MA 2003-2004 at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. She is currently working on a children’s novel.


Cliff Chen

Stewed chicken with rice and peas, is how he’d describe his childhood in Trinidad. Formative and mouth-watering. Schooled in Ireland, where he took time out from a medical degree to begin writing seriously, he gained publication in Black Rose Issue 1 (1998), 3rd Prize in the Golden Pen Award (1999) and was published in the Fish 2002 Anthology (Rainflies).

His short story, Rain Flies was published in the 2002 Fish Anthology. He has also been short- and long-listed in other competitions; including Fish (2001, 2004) and the Irish News International Short-story competition (1999) He has written 2 novels and has just graduated with a first class Honours Degree in Psychology from Edinburgh University. (Together with a British Psychology Society prize for Undergraduate Psychology.) All Cliff’s stories now come with 10% extra psychoanalysis – free of charge.


Polly Clark

She is a poet and the author of two poetry collections. Her second, Take Me With You, was published by Bloodaxe in November 2005 and was short listed for the TS Eliot Prize and is a Poetry Book Society Choice.

Since having her short story, At the Water Cooler, published in the 2004 Fish Anthology, she has been commissioned by Comma Press to write a series of linked short stories for an anthology which will be published in April 2006. To see more of Polly’s work go to her website:


Linda Cracknell

Life Drawing launched my writing career – it was shortlisted for the 1998 Fish Short Story Prize but had to be withdrawn because it won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition in 1998. It was my first published story. In 2000 it became the title story of my short story collection published by Neil Wilson’s 11:9 imprint which was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. Since then I have written two plays for Radio 4, had a go at writing a novel (unfinished) and have nearly completed a second collection of short stories. From late 2002 to late 2005, I have been writer in residence at the poet Hugh MacDiarmid’s last home – Brownsbank cottage, south of Edinburgh. The writing life in its varying incarnations of readings, running workshops, and writing articles has also taken me to New York, Nairobi, and Norway!


Selma Dabbagh

For me, it all started with Fish.

Fish published the first piece of fiction I wrote, Aubergine, in the2004 Fish Anthology, having been selected as a Finalist for the 2003 Prize. I was a Finalist (and Editor’s Choice) with Fish the following year with Beirut-Paris-Beirut and published in the2005 Fish Anthology. Fish also nominated this story for the Pushcart Prize. That year English PEN selected me as their nominee for the David TK Wong Prize for Short Fiction 2005. My work has also appeared in Qissat, Short Stories by Palestinian Women J. Glanville (ed.) (2006, Telegram) and several of my stories are scheduled to be published in anthologies in 2007, including the British Council publication New Writing 15 M. Gee and B. Evaristo (eds.) (forthcoming June 2007, Granta).


Paul Bassett Davies

Paul was shortlisted for the 2004 Fish Short Story Prize and the One Page Story Prize. Both his stories, Tommy the Voice and Imaginary Friend for Hire, feature in the2005 Fish Anthology. He recently wrote the screenplay for the feature animation film The Magic Roundabout and is currently writing the screenplay for a film starring 1960’s counterculture heroes, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, featuring Fat Freddy’s Cat. Paul founded the Crystal Theatre, acclaimed for pioneering multimedia work in the 1970s and 80s. Two of his one-man shows were Perrier Award finalists at the Edinburgh Festival. He has written for television, radio and the stage, directed stage productions, short films and music videos, and been a radio producer. He was the vocalist in punk band Shoes For Industry. He has also worked as a minicab driver, a gardener, and a DJ in a strip club. He is a ventriloquist with his own doll (Sailor Boy).


Carys Davies

Carys Davies won second prize in the inaugural 2002 Orange/ Harpers&Queen short story competition and second prize in the 2005 Asham Award. She was a runner-up in the 2005 Bridport Prize and in the 2006 Fish Short Histories Competition.

Other stories were short-listed for the 2005 Fish Short Histories Competition and the 2006 Fish One-Page Prize.

Her stories have appeared in prize anthologies, in ‘The London Magazine’ and in various U.S. literary magazines. Her first short story collection, ‘Some New Ambush’ is due out in October from Salt. ( ).

She lives in Lancaster with her husband and four children.

Katy Darby

What Katy did next … Since coming third in the Fish Short Story Prize 2003, Katy has placed in several more short story and poetry competitions, including the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Prize, and has had her stories published in Carvezine (Sepia,, January 2005 issue), (The King of Hearts,, June 2005 issue) and the New Writer magazine. Samuel French have also published two of her plays, Open Secrets and Half-Life. She begins an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) at the University of East Anglia in September 2005, where she will hopefully complete her second novel.


Stephanie Dickinson

She has lived in Iowa, Wyoming, Texas, Louisiana and now in New York. Her poetry and fiction appear in Cream City Review, Green Mountain Review, Chelsea, Descant, Sub-Terrain, Fourteen Hills, Nimrod, Iron Horse Review, Inkwell, Ontario Review, Water Stone, Columbia Journal, McGuffin, among others Along with Rob Cook, she publishes and edits the literary journal Skidrow Penthouse.

Her Half Girl recently won the Hackney Award (Birmingham-Southern) for best unpublished novel of 2002. It will be published this year by Spuyten Duyvil. Fire Maidens was third place winner in Fish Publishing’s 2004 short story contest, and published in the 2004 Fish Anthology SWINE PRINCESS was a finalist in Fish’s 2005 first novel contest. In October her story A Lynching in Stereoscope will be reprinted in BEST AMERICAN 2005 NONREQUIRED READING edited by Dave Eggers.


Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher was delighted that her story, Found Wanting, was included in the 2002 Fish Anthology as Editor’s Choice – and even more delighted the following year when, All Bones, was chosen as a runner-up and published in the 2003 Fish Anthology. Since then she’s had another story featured in Carve Magazine and in November 2004 secured a deal with Penguin Ireland for her first novel, HellFire – due to land on all good bookshelves in September 2006. Most recently she won the Start Chapbook Fiction competition; three of her stories (including All Bones) will be published in a limited-edition volume in October 2005. Mia is now working on her second novel.


David Gardiner

My story Letting Go was the second prize winner in 2001 and published in the 2002 Fish Anthology. It centred on a confrontation between an elderly former Nazi war criminal and a man who had dedicated his life to hunting him down, for reasons that turn out to be more complex than they at first appear. Being among the prize winners affected my life in two ways. Firstly there was the social and personal side. It led to my “coming out of the closet” as a writer, meeting other writers, making acquaintances and forming friendships, and gaining the confidence to think of myself as one of the worldwide community of people afflicted with this compulsion to tell stories. This began at the award ceremony in Bantry, but continued into my week at Anam Cara and my life in London afterwards. It changed my self-image and gave me the permission to take myself a little more seriously as a writer. Secondly, and consequently, other people began to take my writing more seriously, and at the beginning of this year the small press publisher Bluechrome/Boho in Bristol accepted for publication a collection of twenty-three of my short stories under the title The Rainbow Man and Other Stories. Reviews for this collection have been very positive, but sales have been slow. Everybody tells me that it is almost impossible to sell short stories, but that is what I actually want to write.


Vanessa Gebbie

Published in The 2009 Fish Anthology with her short story The Return of the Baker, Edward Tregear, in The 2007 Fish Anthologywith her short story Words from a Glass Bubble and in the 2006 Fish Anthology with her one-page story Simon’s Skin.

Vanessa Gebbie won Second Prizes at both Fish and Bridport in 2007. Her First Prizes include Per Contra (USA), The Daily Telegraph, Willesden Herald, Guildford Book Festival, The Paddon Award and Cadenza Magazine.

Her short stories have been widely published, anthologised, translated into several languages, broadcast on BBC radio and handed out on London Underground.

She has won awards for flash fiction, and regularly judges literary short fiction competitions.

Her debut collection is Words from a Glass Bubble (Salt Publishing 2008). A collection of flash fiction, Mood Swings is forthcoming in 2009.

Vanessa is contributing editor for a forthcoming guide on writing short fiction. All the aforesaid either to, for, by, with or from Salt Publishing.

She says: “Nothing packs quite the same punch as well written short short stories. Their potential to amaze both writer and reader is immeasurable.”

Other competition successes include First Prizes in the 2007 Paddon Award at Exeter University, (Judge Rory MacLean), Willesden Prize 2006 (Judge: Zadie Smith), Asham/Charleston Small Wonder Festival Slam 2006, Guildford Book Festival/BBC Southern Counties 2006 (Judges: Jane Wenham-Jones and Elizabeth Buchan), Cotswold Prize 2005 (Judge: Katie Fforde), Cadenza Magazine 2005,. and Runner Up Prizes in Fish One Page 2006, Flashquake 2007, Good Housekeeping Magazine 2004 and 2005 (Judge: Alexander McCall Smith). Her work has been long listed for The Bridport Prize, short listed twice for the Fish Short Story Prize, and for the Asham Award. It won a Highly Commended Prize in the London ‘Writers of the Year Competition’ 2006. She teaches Creative Writing, and particularly enjoys working with those on society’s margins. She has her own magazine for writing by those whose lives have been touched by addiction, .

Her first novel has this in common with the Alpine black salamander, African and Asiatic elephants, Baird’s beaked whale and the white rhinoceros: record-breaking gestation. Vanessa’s novel, “The Coward’s Tale” (written in Ireland at Anam Cara over 4 years) was published by Bloomsbury UK in Nov 2011 and  Bloomsbury USA in the spring of 2012.

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Jules Horne

Published in The 2002 Fish Anthology with her short story Life Kit #1. Currently working as Virtual Writing Fellow for Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association, and finishing a play commission for the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. and

Karl Iagnemma

was overall winner of the Fish Short Story Prize 1997 with his story Dog Days which was the title story of The 1997 Fish Anthology. His book of short stories, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction, was published in 2003 by the Dial Press. The book’s title story is currently being developed as a feature film by Warner Brothers Pictures. Karl’s short stories have received numerous awards, including the Paris Review Plimpton Prize, first place in the Playboy college fiction contest, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His writing has appeared in Tin House, SEED, One Story, and Zoetrope, and been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, The Best American Erotica, and Pushcart Prize collections. Karl currently works as a research scientist in the mechanical engineering department at the M.I.T. He’s completing a novel about an ill-fated scientific expedition to upper Michigan in the 1840s. He is currently one of the judges of the Fish Short Story Prize 2005


Rosemary Jenkinson

Since being published in The Fish Anthology 2003 with her short story The Backroom Rebellion, Rosemary Jenkinson has had a collection of short stories published, Contemporary Problems Nos 53 & 54, by Lagan Press in 2004 and has been commissioned to write a play for Rough Magic Theatre Company. She has also, fortunately, broken free of the Civil Service.


Ann Jolly

I’ve continued to be involved as a writer in various prisons – Dartmoor, Winchester, Lewes and Wealstun where there is a culture of poetry and people create whole worlds with no more than pen and paper and what is inside their heads – as all writers do. With the prisoners we uncovered raw truths, mined lived-in lives and explored what it is like to hit rock bottom and come up again. This work confirmed for me that writing is liberating and an agent of transformation.

I’ve also taught creative writing in two local universities but mostly, I’ve been writing my own stuff, some short stories and, of course, The Novel.


Rory Kilalea

Rory has written in a desultory and sometimes compulsive fashion since he was a kid some unmentionable years ago. He writes poetry (finally published) short stories, (published) plays (performed), films (some made), radio scripts (dreadful) and anything that tries to make money, but never really does. He thinks that he may have it cracked with his novel called the ‘Disappointed Diplomat’. This novel may get him arrested for innuendo, depravity, slander and general self-abuse. He has also written a series of children’s folkloric books, which are not selling well at all. When people actually do read his work, they feel pity and give him awards- twice the Caine Prize for African writing and of course the Fish nomination, which he was hoping to win because he was in overdraft. He didn’t. But the Fish nominated story ‘Zimbabwe Boy’ launched Rory’s flaccid career, and it has been on the BBC as a radio play, and also at the African Festival in London and then moved to the National Theatre in 2005. .But it got him into terrible trouble , because as our president Mugabe has said on numerous occasions, Zimbabwe is the only country in the world where there were no homosexuals until the filthy white colonialists came and infected them with their depravity and things like that. Now, in-between his languishing in prison (with other depraved black dissenters who remember our president from his heady days of same sex incarceration),he teaches literature, writing and drama. The reason is simple – he is too old to be a rent boy. Even Fish asked him to teach writing in 2005, but there has been a terrible silence ever since then. He also directs theatre- the latest being the fabulous financial loss with five star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival called Sing! Zimbabwe. He is thus re entering the Fish Prize and offering 45% of the prize money to the judges as an incentive. Which comes to the kernel of this man. When he is serious and depressed, he writes deeply meaningful stories ranging from gender discrimination, sex and African farmers who have been thrown off their lands because they did not like the blacks. When he has taken his pills, he writes stories about black farmers who do not like the whites and throw other black farmers off their land. He can be witty, sensuous, rude and he is normally ejected from parties for drinking too much. He is rather a weird chap, but than no Zimbabweans are normal.


Val G. Lee

I live and write in Hastings. This autumn I have a novel published by Onlywomen Press called Diary of a Provincial Lesbian’, which reflects my life on the south coast. I also write a regular column for the lesbian magazine, Velvet, and poetry and fiction reviews for Diva’. I’ll be reading and running writing workshops at the Proudwords Festival in Newcastle and the York Lesbian Arts Festival in October.


Pam Leeson

Since being published in the Fish Anthology, From the Bering Strait in 1999, I have won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for radio writing with the play There’s Me, David, Chelsea, Charlene, Scott and Bianca. It was broadcast in the same year. In 2001 had the play The Unbearable broadcast by BBC Radio 4 and again by BBC Radio 7 in 2005.

In August 2005 my play A War in the Morning was put on at the Royal Exchange Studio in Manchester as part of their new writing season Blue. This was one of the monologues for which I received an Arts Council bursary to write a collection. I’ve almost finished writing them and will soon be looking to get them published. The joys! Still writing poems and stories and plays and half a novel. (Oh what Id give for the other half!) Still very pleased and proud to have been in a Fish publication. Merci.


Lily Mabura

Lily Mabura is a Kenyan writer currently pursuing a PhD in Fiction and Africana Literature at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA . Her story “Man in Ultramarine Pajamas” was a runner-up in the 2006 Fish Short Story Prize and will be appearing in the 2007 Fish Anthology. Several of her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in literary journals like PRISM international, Wasafiri , and G21 – The World’s Magazine . Other publications include a novel, The Pretoria Conspiracy (Focus Publishers, Nairobi , 2000), and three children’s books: Saleh Kanta and the Cavaliers (Phoenix Publications, Nairobi , 2005), Seth the Silly Gorilla ( Phoenix , 2002), and Ali the Little Sultan (Focus, 1999). She is currently seeking an agent and publisher for her first short story collection Sweet Sugarcane Secrets.


Sheila MacAvoy

Born in New York City, a descendent of Famine Irish peasants who hit the Big Apple in the 1850’s; educated in local schools, eventually earning a Law Degree. Worked in Los Angeles, California, as a lawyer in the aerospace industry by day and wrote fiction by night, a thoroughly schizophrenic existence. Published here and there, including appearance in the 1998 Fish Short Story Prize collection as a choice of the editor and their Short Histories Anthology, All the King’s Horses. Exit Aerospace. Some stories are forming a chrysalis which, if subjected to the right temperature and humidity, should morph into a Gold Rush saga, told through its many dreamers, past and present. View from work table is of the pink and white sandstone Santa Barbara Mission, a mile and a half distant, set against the chaparral of the coast range.

Phillip MacCann

Phillip has been a critic for the Guardian and The Spectator. His writing has one a number of prizes including the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. He wrote about Finland where he worked for the British Council. His highly acclaimed short-story collection, The Miracle Shed, received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and he was selected by The Observer as one of the twenty-one writers of various disciplines from across the world, for the new millennium.


Marie MacSweeney

Published in various outlets throughout Ireland including The Sunday Tribune, Stet, Drumlin, Phoenix Irish Short Stories (1998) and Fish Publishing (1996). Prize-winner in many national competitions and won the Francis MacManus Short Story for Radio award in 2001 with a story called Dipping into the Darkness.

In May 2004 I published a collection of short stories Our Ordinary World and Other Stories. My first poetry collection, Mother Cecily’s Music Room was published by Lapwing, Belfast in May 2005. Louis and Louise Was shortlisted in the Fish Short Story Prize 1996 and published in the Anthology of that year, The Stranger and Other Stories.


Molly McCloskey – Winner of the Inaugural Fish Short Story Prize

Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Oregon. She moved to Ireland in 1989. Having spent ten years on the west coast of Ireland, she now resides in Dublin. She is the author of two critically acclaimed short story collections – Solomon’s Seal (Phoenix House, 1997), and The Beautiful Changes (Lilliput Press, 2002). Her short stories have won a number of prizes, including Ireland’s RTE/Francis MacManus Award and the inaugural Fish Short Story Award. She was also the recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco’s bursary and was Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. In 2009, she was shortlisted for Ireland’s Davy Byrne Short Story Award. Her first novel, Protection, was published by Penguin in 2005. Novelist Colum McCann called Protection “Funny, intelligent, empathetic and disquieting all at once, Protection is a fascinating debut novel. A comic dissection of contemporary Ireland from one of our finest writers.” The novel and the two collections of stories have been translated into German and are all published by Steidl. While living in Ireland, she has worked as a free-lance journalist, fiction writer and creative writing teacher, and is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and theDublin Review. In 1996, she co-founded, with two other women, the Sligo Rape Crisis Centre. From 2006-2007, she worked in Kenya for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Somalia. She is currently completing a non-fiction work on schizophrenia and the family, and is Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin for the 2009/2010 academic year.

Morgan McDermott

A 2004-05 Illinois Arts Council Fellow in Prose, Morgan McDermott’s fiction has most recently won awards from the literary magazines Meridian, Swink, Speakeasy, The Bellingham Review, Phoebe, and a grant from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. His story Tow was a finalist in the 2003 Fish Short Story Prize and was published in the Fish Anthology of that year, Fathers and Cigarettes & Other Stories. It also received the Dana Award for Short Fiction and will appear in issue #41 of the journal StoryQuarterly.


Andrew McIntyre

Originally from Scotland, Andrew spent the first six years of his life in Johannesburg, South Africa. Educated at numerous boarding schools, he attended universities in Britain, Japan, and the United States. He holds masters degrees in Economics and Comparative Literature.

Having travelled for much of his life, working at various times as a lecturer, sailor, construction worker, bookseller, and chocolatier, he currently resides in San Francisco. His story, Wet Dreams of a Dirty War, was published in the 2002 Fish Anthology. He has published stories in several magazines, most recently in The Taj Mahal Review, The Copperfield Review, Penny Dreadful, Pindeldyboz, Babel, and Gold Dust Magazine.

Andrew’s short story collection, The Short, The Long and The Tall, was published by Merilang Press.  The collection includes Snuff, the sequel to Dirty War, which was a prize winning story in Gold Dust Magazine.

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Kath McKay

‘Kath Mckay’s story ‘Bus’ appeared in the 2005 Fish anthology. Since then  she has had a fan letter, published poetry in magazines and anthologies, been shortlisted in two poetry competitions, given performances with a graphic artist, reading her stories and poems on the subject of teeth (once to an audience of dentists), been rejected for a job she decided she didn’t want, and a large grant she did. She has continued to mentor African writing students online ( <> ) and continued to craft short stories while devouring them alongside crime novels. Her collaboration with Yorkshire and Finnish writers on the theme of Water ( Interland ) <>   will result in a Smith-Doorstop publication in 2006.

The Fish anthology did not change her life. But that weekend in West Cork had a luminous quality . She took an old friend to the launch. The friend, bowled over by the Staircase to the Sky, and swans on Bantry Bay, said ‘I thought the Fish anthology would mean three people in the back room of a pub. This is Something Else’. Frank Delaney commented that everything about the Fish competition had the quality of ‘grace’. As a lover of Flannery O’Connor stories, Kath is deeply interested in this quality. And knowing that some people thought she could write a half decent story did renew Kath’s confidence and faith in pursuing her passion for short stories. She has written enough stories for a collection. Now she just has to persuade a publisher ‘.


Geraldine Mills

Since 1997 when I was short-listed for the Fish Anthology ‘ Dog Days and Other Stories’, I have been swimming in a more favourable current. I am learning to avoid those monofilaments of doubt that are forever trying to ensnare me, and am getting my work to a more mainstream audience. Born in Galway , I moved to the east coast and lived there for 20 years before returning to the place where I was spawned, near the River Corrib. I now write both Poetry and short stories and have been published nationally and internationally. My poetry has been awarded such prizes as the Allingham Poetry Award, the Poem for Peace Award, the Scottish International Poetry Award. The Cork Literary Review Prize for Poetry, the Dublin Libraries Award among others. Bradshaw Books Cork has published my two collections of poetry, Unearthing your own (2001) and Toil the Dark Harvest (2004) As wells as being shortlisted for the Fish Prize, my short stories have won the Moore Medallion, The North Tipperary Award, the South Tipperary Award (three times) Aspire Prize and have been three times shortlisted for the Francis Mc. Manus Award, awarded second place in 2004. I was the Millennium winner of the Hennessy Tribune Emerging Fiction Award and overall winner of the New Irish Writer Award for the story ‘Lick of the Lizard’ which is the title of my first collection of short stories recently published by Arlen House in which my ‘Fish’ story is included. I was awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Galway County Council in 2003 and my poetry has been part of a multi- media exhibition in collaboration with artists Joan Hogan and Denise Hogan. My novel ‘Closet full of Hats’ was short-listed for the ‘Sitric Win a Book Deal’ 2004. The rising tide brought my monologue “This is From the Woman who Does” across the Atlantic to Cape Cod where it was premiered at the Provincetown Theatre Playwrights’ Festival 2004. I am a regular contributor to RTE and Lyric FM. Still a small fish in a big pond but managing to keeping afloat.


Tom Murray

Being joint winner with  ‘Postcard from New York’ of the 2005 One Page Story competition gave me the opportunity of spending a great couple of days at the West Cork Literary Festival.  Recently  I’ve had a short play performed at the Arches Theatre in Glasgow, and have just being appointed joint writer in residence to Galashiels Academy.  I continue to co edit the Eildon Tree magazine, the literary magazine from the Scottish Borders.  My writing is divided between prose and drama, and putting together a collection of poetry hopefully to be published next year. Take a look at my website

Tom’s story can be read in our Short Stories to Read Online pages


Gina Ochsner – Winner 1999

Gina won our 1999 Short Story Prize. You could enter the 2005 – Details on ourWriting Contests page So much has happened since 1999 when I sent that story into the Fish prize contest. And so much of it has happened as a result of being published with Fish. In fact, my agent, Julie Barer of Barer Literary, found From the Bering Strait while trolling about and contacted Clem, who then put us in touch. Julie and I have been working together ever since and last May she sold the collection People I Wanted to Be to Houghton Mifflin and then again to Portobello Press in London. Right now I’m at working on a longer piece, a novel, and I am wavering between utter excitement and terror. Right now excitement is winning out, but there are days when I look in the mirror with horror and ask myself “what am I doing??” That’s when I take a coffee break and maybe tinker with a short story, and then when I’m feeling more courageous, I go back to the novel.

Gina’s winning story can be read in our Short Stories to Read Online pages

Shereen Pandit

Awards: Booktrust London (winner 2004) Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (runner up 2003) Fish Publications (runner up 1999) Wordsworth magazine (winner 1997) Young Writer magazine (2000 and 2001)

Short Stories published in magazines including: Sable, Wordsworth, The Interpreter’s House;  Young Writer; The Stinging Fly ;  Lexicon ; First Word; Exiled Writer Short Stories published in anthologies: Lines in the Sand ((Francis Lincoln Publishers), Pretext (Pen & Inc Publishers), From the Beiring Strait and Other Stories (Fish Publishing) Forthcoming in 2005: contributions to Freedom Spring and Whose Britain? Membership of Writers’ Organizations: African Writers Abroad PEN Writers in Prisons Committee Exiled Writers Ink!


Rob Pateman

Rob has recently landed a two book deal at Orion. Details here.

Rob was born and grew up in Harold Hill, near Romford in Essex in 1962 although he now lives and writes in Kennington, south London. For nearly twenty years Rob has worked as an advertising copywriter but has long harboured dreams of shedding the ‘copy’ and just being the writer. He has written umpteen stories, fairy stories and poems some of which made it out of the door and into various competitions. His joint second place in the 2005 Fish One Page Story Competition is the first time his work has got anywhere; inclusion in the 2005 Fish Anthology, The Mountains of Mars & Other Stories, is also his first time in print. This success has given him the confidence to revisit a novel he’s had stashed in a draw for the last two years and which one day, he’d like the people at Fish to give the once over. Away from the keyboard (as he often is alas) Rob is mad about tennis and dogs and revels in his quiet nights in with Boosie and Bella and all the other ghosts and shadows.

I was lucky enough to be one of the runners up in your very short story competition back in 2005, and was included in the anthology that year. I even got a name check in the Editor’s intro!

It was my first competition success, my first experience of having a story published, my first experience of reading my work publicly – and my first trip to Ireland.

My success with Fish gave me the confidence to keep writing – and to try my hand at something longer. Skip ahead a few years (and skip over a few practice novels) I finally got an agent, Oli Munson at Blake Friedmann. He has just got me a two book deal at Orion. Details here.


Deirdre Shanahan

Prior to my story “The Removal Man” being published in Dog Days [ Fish Anthology 1997] I had work in several journals including Passport and in the U.S. The Massachusetts Review, Iowa Woman, and The Southern Review and The Cimarron Review who featured several short stories as part of an international section. I had won a major Eric Gregory Award for a collection of poetry, “Legal Tender” subsequently published by Enitharmon Press. I had read at Listowel Writers’ Week and at Cuirt Festival, Galway . One of my stories won The Irish Post/B.I. Competition, judged by Shane Connaughton. I had also published a story in the anthology “Well Sorted” from Serpent’s Tail and been shortlisted for the London Short Story Competition judged by Blake Morrison and Marina Warner. A radio play, “Prussian Blue” was broadcast on RTE, directed by Aidan Mathews.

Since being published in the Fish Anthology I have gone on to have stories published in several other collections, including the Phoenix Anthology and the Kerry Anthology and to have poetry published in the Radio Waves Anthology, The White Page Anthology and “In Parallel” In 2005 I won a major award From Arts Council England and in 2006 was once again invited to teach on the Scriobh Summer School at Metropolitan University, London

Sarah Weir

Sarah has been published in literary magazines in England , New Zealand , Canada and Australia . She has been editor’s choice for the Fish competition twice and won two short story competitions in New Zealand . She has also had four stories broadcast on Radio New Zealand . Currently she is working on a novel. A brief visit to New Zealand became a twelve year stay when she was waylaid by an unexpected holiday romance. The prominence of the short story in New Zealand allowed her to develop her writing. She works as a psychotherapist and lives in a crook of the Thames with her partner and two children


Adrian Wiestrich

Since my One Page story appeared in the 2004 Fish Anthology, I’ve been very busy with the launch of Kinsale Arts Week 2005, which took place in July. We also helped launch the Kinsale Anthology, which was published in July by Anam Press. All in all, the festival was a great success and we’re just starting work on the 2006 events. Unfortunately, the creative writing group I was involved with has folded and I have certainly missed the structure of writing every week for the classes. Business at Kinsale Pottery is moving more towards weekend leisure breaks, and this means working most weekends, but as with most artistic careers, we have to take what we can get when it comes our way.

Robin’s story can be read in our Short Stories to Read Online pages

Robin Winick

Since Mrs Purvis was published by Fish in 2000, one of my stories was published on Carve’s Web site two years ago. I have not been published since -although I was for the third time a finalist in a Glimmer Train contest. Not only am I slow to send out stories but also my last four stories probably have been too political (though not didactic) for most literary magazines here. My anger at the Bush Administration (completely out of control) is permeating my life and my writing. I actually sit down at the computer to write a story, knowing, as I write, that it will not be published; yet the writing process has been cathartic and I enjoy it immensely. Fish publishes wonderful anthologies, and I shall continue to enter its contests. Robin’s story can be read in our Short Stories to Read Online pages


Jacqueline Winn

Jacqui Winn’s short story “Salt and Pepper” appears in the 2006 Fish Publishing Anthology “Grandmother, Girl, Wolf”. Since she started writing short story seven years ago, her work has been published in a number of anthologies and literary magazines in Australia . She has won over 70 awards in Australian literary competitions. In August 2006, a collection of Jacqui’s stories, entitled “Once More With Feeling” was published by Ginninderra Press. All of the stories have won national literary awards over the past few years and several have been published in other anthologies and magazines.

Jacqui has written and produced several stage plays and acted in various stage and television productions. She also writes stage and screen plays on commission. She is also in constant demand to speak and run workshops on various aspects of writing and performance.

Although Jacqui was born in Londonderry , N. Ireland , she has lived in Australia since the age of ten and currently lives on a farm on the mid-North Coast, where she and her husband Brian run a small herd of Hereford cattle.

More information about Jacqui and her new anthology can be found on her website at

Fish Books

Fish Anthology 2023

Fish Anthology 2023

… a showcase of disquiet, tension, subversion and surprise …
so many skilled pieces … gem-like, compressed and glinting, little worlds in entirety that refracted life and ideas … What a joy!
– Sarah Hall

… memoirs pinpointing precise
feelings of loss and longing and desire.
– Sean Lusk

What a pleasure to watch these poets’ minds at work, guiding us this way and that.
– Billy Collins


Fish Anthology 2022

‘… delightful, lively send-up … A vivid imagination is at play here, and a fine frenzy is the result.’ – Billy Collins
‘… laying frames of scenic detail to compose a lyric collage … enticing … resonates compellingly. … explosive off-screen drama arises through subtly-selected detail. Sharp, clever, economical, tongue-in-cheek.’ – Tracey Slaughter

Fish Anthology 2021

Fish Anthology 2021

Brave stories of danger and heart and sincerity.
Some risk everything outright, some are desperately quiet, but their intensity lies in what is unsaid and off the page.
These are brilliant pieces from bright, new voices.
A thrill to read.
~ Emily Ruskovich

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


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

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

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


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.

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, […]

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.

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

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

Fish Anthology 2024

Fish Anthology 2024 LAUNCH

11th June 2024
Monday 15th July at 6:30 Marino (Old Methodist) Church Bantry, West Cork, Ireland FREE ENTRY   The Launch of the Fish Anthology 2024 is being held in this charming old methodist church. Many of the authors published in the Anthology will be reading from their work, so come along to get a sample of  the […]

Poetry Prize 2024: Results

15th May 2024
  Winners Short-list Long-list     Here are the winners of the Fish Poetry Prize 2024, selected by Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2024. Below you will find short biographies of the winners and the Long and Short Lists. From all of us at Fish we congratulate the poets whose poems […]

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 […]

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