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


CLOSED – (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

Short Story Prize 2018/19: Results, Short & Long-lists

17th March 2019
  Winners Short-list Long-list     The Ten Winners: Selected by judge Mia Gallagher  to be published in the Fish Anthology 2019   FIRST:  Wakkanai Station by Richard Lambert (UK) Is awarded €3,000, one thousand of which is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology 2018, and a short story workshop at the West […]

Last Year’s Poetry Winner

9th March 2019
Janet Murray won the Fish Poetry Prize 2018 with her poem, Vernacular Green, which is published in the Fish Anthology 2018 along with nine others selected by last year’s judge, Ellen Bass.   Vernacular Green  by Janet Murray (i.m. Howard Hodgkin 1932-2017)   Hodgkin sees common green in privet, grass, chestnut husks blown horsetail, chickweed crushed […]

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

9th March 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 […]

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 […]

Harry Bauld, Fish Alumni, Publishes Poetry Collection

1st February 2019
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 […]

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