Now that we are into the last few weeks of the 2009 Fish Short Story Prize, (closing date 30 Nov) it is a good time to reflect on why Fish was started all those years ago, and to celebrate some of the achievements of some of the writers we have published.
Fish Publishing was set up in 1994 to promote new and exciting writers by getting them into print. It is always a thrill to see writers take encouragement from the Fish experience and go on to greater things. A look at the alumni page should give new writers hope, with the many accounts there of writers who are still writing well and having work published.
In the 1997 Fish Anthology Dog Days and Other Stories, we included one of the most memorable stories it has been our privilege to publish. It was called Black George and it was written by a soldier from Co. Kildare. Martin Malone was at the time a little known writer with a huge talent. A few years later in the 2000 Anthology From the Bering Strait we published Come To Me Sweet Dementia by Martin, a completely different sort of story, savagely funny and achingly sad. Since then Martin has had much success with four novels and a book of short stories.