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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

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

Judge: Emily Ruskovich
Word limit: 5,000

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Short Memoir Prize

Closed

CLOSED (results 1 April ’21)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Blake Morrison
Word limit: 4,000

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Flash Fiction Prize

Closed

CLOSED (results 10 April ’21)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Kathy Fish
Word limit: 300

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Poetry Prize

Closed

CLOSED (closed 31 March ’21)
Prizes + Publication

Judge: Billy Collins
Word limit: 60 lines

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The Lockdown Prize

Closed

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

9 pieces to be published

POEMS / POCKET PROSE / HAIKU

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News & Articles

Poetry Prize 2021 Results, Long and Short-lists

15th May 2021
  Winners Short-list Long-list     Winners Here are the 10 winners, as chosen by judge Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2021 The Fish Anthology 2021 will  be launched as part of the West Cork Literary Festival  (July 2021), as an online event. The 10 winning poems will be published in […]

Flash Fiction Prize 2021: Results, Short & Long-lists

10th April 2021
Winners Short-list Long-list   From all of us at Fish, Congratulations to the writers whose Flash Stories were short or long-listed, and to the 10 winners.   Winners Here are the 10 winning Flash Fiction Stories, as chosen by Kathy Fish, to be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021. Comments on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd […]

Short Memoir Prize 2021: Results, Short & Long-lists

1st April 2021
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 those writers who made the long and short-lists.   The 10 Winners: Selected by Blake Morrison.         These 10 winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2021. FIRST […]

Short Story Prize 2020/21: Results, Short & Long-lists

17th March 2021
Winners Short-list Long-list On behalf of all of us at Fish, we would like to congratulate the 10 winners and also those who made the short and long lists.   The Ten Winners: Selected by Emily Ruskovich The 10 winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2021. (There were 1,631 entries to the competition.) […]

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 […]

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