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


OPEN (closes 30 Nov ’20)
€6,400 in Prizes + Publication

Judge: Emily Ruskovich
Word limit: 5,000


Short Memoir Prize


OPEN (closes 31 Jan ’21)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: to be announced
Word limit: 4,000


Flash Fiction Prize


OPEN (closes 28 Feb ’21)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Kathy Fish
Word limit: 300


Poetry Prize


OPEN (closes 31 March ’21)
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

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 […]

Books from Fish Writers

9th November 2020
  Don’t Tell the Bees by Mary-Jane Holmes A dazzling novella-in-flash, which won first prize in the 2020 Bath Novella in Flash Award judged by Michael Loveday. A stunning example of what the form can accomplish – Meg Pokrass Mary-Jane is the Senior Editor at Fish Publishing.       The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert  A compelling debut by […]

Lockdown – Best Haiku/Senryu

2nd July 2020
  Author Name(Alphabeticalorder)   HAIKU / SENRYU   ——————————————————————– Allen Sunshine brightens the day By Myra Allen   Sunshine brightens the day Walking lightens the moodTalking provides solace for the soul   ——————————————————————– Askew American Sentences By Claire Askew   First full day of lockdown   Murmuration of late snow: no company here but stove, […]

Lockdown – Best Poems & Pocket Prose

2nd July 2020
Author Names(alphabetical order) POCKET PROSE/POEMS/BREAKOUT Hit this Link for HAIKU/SENRYU Adams Daughter By Ash Adams   I loved you like a pandemic, like an emergency— you, running naked in everyone’s yard. Loving you started like an acid trip: one day, you emerged from my body like a slippery fish and the world breathed. Things were […]

Lockdown Prize: Results

2nd July 2020
From all of us at Fish, we are delighted to announce the results of the 2020 Lockdown Prize. Thank you to all the writers who entered this prize which resulted in a torrent of great work and a donation to OXFAM’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal of €4,308. We were looking for authentic, interesting, insightful reflections on […]

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