Screenwriting Consultancy

Submitting  –  Fees

Screenwriting Consultancy:- For screenwriters with completed or partially written scripts – benefit from a professional and experienced eye to pin point how your script could be improved. 

Editor, screenwriter and experienced screenwriting teacher, Rory Kilalea, will draw attention to the ‘beats’, ‘bumps’ and structure of the script. He will advise on possible ways the script could develop into a story for film, and help finesse the character development. A writer will benefit from an experienced overview of the script  including –

  • From a visual narrative
  • From a story point of view.
  • Character development.
  • Whose story is it?

Rory’s honest, positive and experienced analysis has proved invaluable.

After you receive feedback, email Rory with any queries.

See Rory’s profile



Submitting: Screenwriting Consultancy.

Our general submission guidelines are:-

Submit your script for the Screenwriting Consultancy by email to


  1. A short summary of your script.
  2. The genre.
  3. What are you trying to achieve?
  4. Mention any aspect of your script you want to focus on.

Feedback will arrive by email within a week.
(For scripts of over 25,000 words allow three weeks, over 50,000 words one month.)

After you receive feedback, you can communicate with Rory by email for queries and clarifications.




Fees: Screenwriting Consultancy.

Up to 10,000 words + synopsis – €125
Up to 25,000 words + synopsis – €195
Over 26,000 words. + synopsis – €195 + €25 per additional 5,000 words
Over 100,000 words + synopsis – From €495*

*Above 100,000 words, Authors are invited to discuss the level of editorial support they require, so that a price based on total word count and editorial service level can be agreed.

For scripts of up to 25,000 words allow one week for feedback, up to 50,000 words three weeks, thereafter one month.

After you receive feedback, you can communicate with Rory by email for queries and clarifications.




Editor: Screenwriting Consultancy

Full CV: Rory Kilalea

As a producer, writer, director and educator RORY KILALEA has worked in numerous capacities within the creative industries for the past thirty five years (since 1975), including feature film, theatre, television, television, radio, animation and education.  With a career that spans the globe, he has experience as a feature film production manager, television and radio director  and academic lecturer . 

Rory is also an accomplished writer of award winning plays, films and short stories that have been produced or published in the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Malaysia and the US.  An experienced teacher and lecturer, he has taught film directing English and creative writing in numerous locations, including Goldsmith Hall,Athens, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, South Africa and the Middle East. 

As a passionate campaigner, Rory had directed and written many AIDS related film projects for a variety of charitable foundations, including UNESCO, The Ford Foundation, and Johns Hopkins University (USA).  He also consulted on many capacity building projects in Africa with Media For Development (Harare/USA). 

He is currently working as a freelance producer, director, writer and teacher.  This includes writing and producing a 28 minute animated programme against violence for the Middle East youth market, as well as completing a novel and short story anthology ‘Laughing Now’.  He has recently facilitated the writers’ workshops for young Zimbabwean writers on behalf of the Zimbabwean Film Institute, and he currently lectures and mentors BA Filmmaking students at the Met Film School at Ealing Studios in London in directing, production and adapting a script to screen. 

The Fish Screenwriting Consultancy has enjoyed Rory as editor since 2009.



BA English (HONS) Lond. (Drama / linguistics / literature) 
Graduate Certificate in Education (UCL.) 
Licentiate of Trinity College London (Drama / Teaching) 
NACALD- Improvisational Drama for Actors ( University of San Francisco) 
Certificate in Scriptwriting, (ICS) 

Film and Television 

Rory has directed various television programmes and documentaries for companies such as: BBC (UK), Quest (USA), Fortune Promo 7 (Bahrain/Kuwait), Filmworks (UAE).  He was a second unit director on New Line Cinema’s DARK CITY (1998) and directed the location filming unit for Paul Simon’s GRACELAND concert.  

He has worked on International and African feature and television productions and directed two television series for the (then) black channel for South African Television (S.A.T.V.).  He was a newsreader on television in Zimbabwe and was awarded the Presenter of the Year in 1980  for his television programmes, commercials and AIDS documentaries. 

He has tackled such documentary subjects as the Great Railway journeys (BBC) to the 7 star hotel in the UAE (Burj Al Arab), desalination (Bahrain) and corporates throughout the Middle, the Far East and Asia.   He has also worked with the Johns Hopkins University in Tanzania / Uganda / Zimbabwe as well as UNESCO on documentaries on HIV and Sexual Health for Africa. 

He has directed over 200 Advertising Commercials for local and international television stations since 1983.  Shooting  Products include: Coca Cola/Sprite/Land Rover Discovery/Nivea/Kuwait Airways/ Christian Aid Commercial/ Gulf Air / and Gillette.  Rory has written and produced animated commercials as well, serving as creative producer on a series of short animation films for Kellogg’s, Coca Cola and pilots for animation series.  Many of his commercials gained awards at the London International Advertising Festival,  New York Festival and International Advertising Association. 

As a producer, line producer or production manager, he has worked on over thirty feature films and television programmes based in Southern Africa, including: Yellow Card (Media For Development Trust Zimbabwe, 1999), Congo (Paramount, 1995), A Far Off Place (Disney, 1993), A World Apart (Working Title, 1988),  Cry Freedom (Universal, 1987) and Jit (Film Africa, 1990). His drama- documentary film on the life of John Bradburne, a missionary working amongst leprosy patients, raised $1000000.00 for new hospitals for the patients in Zimbabwe.(Independent,Catholic Church 1984). 
He has also consulted on budget and location assessments for major studios, including Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, Fil de Broc, and Universal Studios..  In 1990, he designed a trainee scheme to develop the skills of local talent in the feature film industry within Zimbabwe. 

All films and video /Television programmes have all been available or distributed in the UK and Europe. 


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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