Writing Contests

Fish Publishing runs four annual International Writing Contests.

Renowned poets and writers select ten from each contest for publication in the Annual Fish Anthology.


Fish endeavours to publish outstanding new writers and poets.



Fish Writing Contests – 

Short Story Prize


CLOSED (closed 04 Dec ’19)
€6,400 in Prizes + Publication

Judge: Colum McCann
Word limit: 5,000


Short Memoir Prize


CLOSED (closed 31 Jan ’20)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: David Shields
Word limit: 4,000


Flash Fiction Prize


CLOSED (closed 28 Feb ’20)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Tania Hershman
Word limit: 300


Poetry Prize


OPEN (closes 31 March ’20)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Billy Collins
Word limit: 300

Ten poems, as selected by the judge, will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019


News & Articles

Short Memoir Prize 2020: Results, Short & Long-lists

30th March 2020
  Winners Short-list Long-list   Congratulations to the writers whose memoirs were short or long-listed and to the 10 winners.   The Ten Winners: Here are the 10 winners of the Short Memoir Prize as chosen by judge David Shields, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020 Our thanks to David Shields for his time […]

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

16th March 2020
Winners Short-list Long-list     The Ten Winners: Selected by judge Colum McCann to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020   FIRST:  25:13 by Tracey Slaughter (New Zealand)   Is awarded €3,000, one thousand of which is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology 2020, and a short story workshop at the West […]

Fish Anthology 2019 Readings in Spain!

6th December 2019
A celebration of the Fish Anthology 2019 in the Mora Luna Bar, Mecina, La Alpujarra, Spain, on 12 September, was a sparkling evening of readings from the Anthology. The venue was chosen because the Anthology’s cover was inspired by the eclectic mixture of bits n bobs in this atmospheric bar, and for this event the […]

Fish Anthology 2019 – LAUNCH

29th July 2019
Read about the Anthology The launch of the Fish Anthology 2019 was at the West Cork Literary Festival on 16th July. Of the 36 writers and poets who have poems, stories, flash and memoirs in the Anthology, fifteen made it along and read from their winning entries. A particularly warm welcome was extended to Virginia […]

Fish Editor, Mary-Jane Holmes, Wins Myslexia Flash Prize

19th July 2019
Mary-Jane Holmes, ‘Mathematics for girls‘ ‘Winning the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition was such a boost. Flash is my first love – I teach it, I edit it, I tell everyone I know to read it, but having spent two years working on a poetry collection, I wasn’t sure I could return to it. Moving from […]

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