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.

Short Story Prize


CLOSED – results 17 March ’22
€6,400 in Prizes + Publication

Judge: Sarah Hall
Word limit: 5,000


Short Memoir Prize


CLOSED – results 20 April ’22
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Qian Julie Wang
Word limit: 4,000


Flash Fiction Prize


CLOSED – results 10 April
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Tracey Slaughter
Word limit: 300


Poetry Prize


CLOSED- results 15 May
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Billy Collins
Word limit: 60 lines


The Lockdown Prize


CLOSED (closed 15 June ’20)
Prose / Poem / Haiku or Senryu

9 pieces to be published



News & Articles

Poetry Prize ’22, Results

14th May 2022
  Winners Short-list Long-list     Winners Here are the 10 winners, as chosen by judge Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2022 The Anthology will  be launched as part of the West Cork Literary Festival, (The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, West Cork – Monday 11th July – 18.00.) All welcome! The 10 […]

Short Memoir Prize: Results ´22

20th April 2022
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 to those writers who made the long and short-lists, well done too. Thank you to Qian Julie Wang, for the time and enthusiasm that she put into selecting the winners.   The […]

Flash Fiction Prize 2022: Results

10th April 2022
Winners Short-list Long-list   From all of us at Fish, Congratulations to the writers whose Flash Stories were short or long-listed, and in particular to the 10 winners.     Winners Here are the 10 winning Flash Fiction Stories, as chosen by Tracey Slaughter, to be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2022. Comments on the flash […]

Short Story Prize 2021/22, Results

16th March 2022
Winners Short-list Long-list   On behalf of all of us at Fish, congratulations to the 10 winners, and to those who made the short and long lists.            The Ten Winners: Selected by Sarah Hall The 10 winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2022. (There were 1,350 entries to […]

Fish Anthology 2021 – Launch

4th July 2021
The launch of the Fish Anthology has been an important event at the West Cork Literary Festival since the festival’s inception. This year the festival is online, and the launch is kicking the festival off. Date: 4th July @ 5pm GMT To be part of the audience follow this LINK

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