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


OPEN (closes 04 Dec ’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

Ten poems, as selected by the judge, will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2020


The Lockdown Prize


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

9 pieces to be published



News & Articles

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 […]

Poetry Prize 2020: Results, Short & Long-lists

14th May 2020
  Winners Short-list Long-list   Winners Here are the 10 winners, as chosen by judge Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020 The Fish Anthology 2020 was to  be launched as part of the West Cork Literary Festival  (July 2020), but the festival has been cancelled for 2020. Top 10 poems will […]

Flash Fiction Prize 2020: Results, Short & Long-lists

10th April 2020
  Winners Short-list Long-list   Congratulations to the writers whose memoirs were short or long-listed and to the 10 winners.   Winners Here are the 10 winning Flash Fiction Stories, as chosen by judge Tania Hershman, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020 The Fish Anthology 2020 was to be launched as part of the West […]

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