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 (30 Nov ’18)
€6,400 in Prizes + Publication

Judge: Mia Gallagher
Word limit: 5,000


Short Memoir Prize


CLOSED (31 Jan ’19)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Chrissie Gittins
Word limit: 4,000


Flash Fiction Prize


OPEN – Closes 28 Feb ’19
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Pamela Painter
Word limit: 300


Poetry Prize


OPEN – Closes: 31 March ’19
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Billy Collins
Word limit: 300

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


Young-Adult Novel Contest



The winning novel will be published by Fish Publishing.

(Shortlisted authors will be requested to submit their entire novel for final selection.)


News & Articles

New Play by Adam Wyeth – Fish Editor & Poet

5th February 2019
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED  A new play by Adam Wyeth Did your dad ever give you lollipops for good behavior? Would you like me to give you a lollipop now? Would you give me a lollipop now? A trippy triptych of verbal warfare, media spin, and shocking talk-show showdowns. Disarming and alarming ‘This Is What […]

Irish Short Story of the Year. VOTE ! (Mia Gallagher, Fish Short Story Prize Judge, has Story Shortlisted)

14th November 2018
Dear family, friends and colleagues   I’m absolutely delighted that my story ‘Polyfilla’ has been shortlisted for the Irish Short Story of the Year with An Post Irish Book Awards.   I’m really gratified to be on such a terrific shortlist, selected from a very strong longlist. My fellow-shortlistees are the wonderful Nuala O’Connor, Róisín O’Donnell, […]

Harry Bauld, Fish Alumni, Publishes Poetry Collection

14th November 2018
The Uncorrected Eye by Harry Bauld Published by Passager Books   A collection of poetry Jo Sarzotti praises for its “roving imagination.”  Read a sample on Passager’s website.   Upcoming Event: Reading at Columbia University November 14, 6 pm Order online   Harry Bauld’s poem, Forty Winters, was published in the Fish Anthology 2017.  Read it […]

Fish Editor Tina Pisco Teaches English in Refugee Camp

1st November 2018
Link: FOLLOW MY BLOG Here are the first three posts on my blog from Nea Kavala Refugee Camp in Greece – Nea Kavala Update #1 It’s Sunday and I have been volunteering in Nea Kavala refugee camp in Northern Greece for one week. I am working in the Women’s Space with Hope, a young woman […]

Fish Anthology 2018 LAUNCH

29th July 2018
WEST CORK LITERARY FESTIVAL, MARITIME HOTEL, JULY  16 It was an unusually dry day for a West Cork summer and the sun shone on the fields across the harbour, and through the wall of glass behind the stage the 100 or so assembled at the Fish Anthology launch could see it all, and the boats […]

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