Thursday, 23 September 2010

Twitter Fiction Competition

"Can you craft a tiny tale?

If you are a master of microprose, Fish Publishing is holding a free twitter fiction competition every month. Reply to our tweet detailing the contest on twitter with a nano story of 140 characters and you could be published in the Fish Anthology 2011. Deadline for the next contest is 30th October.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Fish Publishing 2011 Poetry Prize

The Fish Poetry Prize 2011

Opens: 20 August 2010
Closes: 30 March 2011
Results Announced: 30 April 2011
Judge: Brian Turner

There is no restriction on the theme of poems, but there is a word limit of 200.
All poems must be written in English and must not have been published previously.
The best 10 poems will be published in the 2011 Fish Anthology.
First prize €1,000.

Online Entries €14. Postal entries €16

A First Prize of €1,000 to the winner plus publication in the 2011 Fish Anthology.
The best ten poems will be published in the 2011 Anthology and each poet will receive five copies of the Anthology.
All winning poets will be invited to the launch of the 2011 Fish Anthology. This will take place during the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2011.

Go to for submission details.

Brian Turner's poetry was included in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with a feature-length documentary film. His collection Here, Bullet (Bloodaxe Books, 2007) was first published in the US by Alice James Books in 2005, where it has earned Turner nine major literary awards, including a 2006 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2007 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry. In 2009 he was given an Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship. His second collection, Phantom Noise is published by Alice James Books in the US and by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in 2010.

Fish Publishing One Page Fiction Competition

The Fish One-Page Story Prize - Flash Fiction - 2011

Opens: 20 August 2010
Closes: 20 March 2011
Results Announced: 30 April 2011
Judges: Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons and founder member of the band Genesis

This competition accepts stories of max 300 words on any theme. €1,000 First Prize. The best 10 stories will be published in the Fish Anthology 2011.
The winner and nine runners up will be published in the 2011 Fish Anthology.
First Prize - €1,000 plus publication in the 2011 Fish Anthology.
Nine runners-up will be published in the Anthology and will each receive plus five complementary copies of the Anthology.
All winning authors will be invited to the launch of the 2011 Fish Anthology. This will take place during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.

Go to for submission details.

Online Entries €14. Postal entries €16

Chris Stewart, the drummer from Genesis' first album, is today better known as the witty author of Driving Over Lemons, A Parrot in the Pepper Tree and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society.

17th Fish Short Story Prize

Closes: 30th November 2010
Results Announced: 17 March 2011
Judge: Simon Mawer
Online Entries (€20). Postal entries (€25)

The overall winner will receive €3,000, of which €1,000 is for travel to the launch of the Anthology. Second prize is a week at Anam Cara Writers' and Artists' Retreat and €300. Third prize €300.

The Fish Short Story Prize for 2010/2011 is open for entries. We are delighted to announce that Simon Mawer, author of "The Glass Room" (and seven other novels) will judge the prize.
Fish Publishing runs the short story competition each year, the winners of which are published in the annual Fish Anthology.
Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann and Dermot Healy, previously judges of the Fish Short Story Prize, are honorary patrons.
The Fish Short Story Prize welcomes stories on any theme written in English, with a maximum of 5,000 words. The Anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival, July 2011.
Fish have been running the short story contest since 1995. Publication in the anthology has been a stepping stone for many into successful writing careers.
Go to for submission details.

Simon Mawer is author of eight novels and two non fiction books. His latest novel, The Glass Room, published by Little, Brown in January 2009, was on the Man Booker shortlist. The next one, provisionally entitled Trapeze, is underway...

"Simon Mawer's work is rich with a desire to see through to the core of things."
The Observer

Monday, 14 June 2010

Online Flash Fiction Writing Course


In response to a long-standing demand, we have developed an online writing course for Flash Fiction – ten snappy and exciting modules to be completed with online tutor Mary-Jane Holmes within three months for 195. It will be fun and useful, entertaining and educational, and will be of benefit to writing in all genres while concentrating on the quirkiest and most difficult of all – Flash Fiction.

The Poetry and One-Page competitions are all done and dusted. The shortlists and winners are chosen, and the 2010 Fish Anthology is with the printers.

Irish poet Catherine Phil MacCarthy was the overall winner of the Poetry Prize with Limbo, chosen by judge Matthew Sweeney who was clearly delighted with the standard of entries. Second came Alexander Narkiewicz (UK) with The Mirror Ball, and third Toby Fitch (Australia) with Last Night I Lay Awake.  
Ward Allen Woods,   Ken Taylor 
Debris Field,   Frederick Pollack 
The Fisherman’s Song to the Mermaid,   Breda Wall Ryan
Upstairs, Ron Carey     
The Public Poet,  Frank Prem    
The Slim Volume,  Terry McDonagh 
Getting Dressed,  Helena Nolan    

The One-Page Prize was won by Zoe Sinclair from England with Darling Mummy. Second was Henrietta Guay from France with Counting Na’an, and third Susan O’Connor from England with The Gold in Her Ring. John Hegley and Simon Munnery had a great time judging this competition, and read the shortlist out to an audience in a Luton Pub to help with their final decision.
Runners-Up were­

Unfaithful Wings
Roanne O'Neil
Buddhists and Elephants
Kyle Martin Jones
And God Said
Simon Cornish
The Will and Testament Before Last
Richard Bardwell
I Thought You Should Know
Julie Balloo
Wise Guys
Ted Sheehy
I Don't Forget
Seamus Scanlon

Five of the ten poets so far are coming to the launch of the Anthology in Bantry at the West Cork Literary Festival on 7 July, along with four of the One-Pagers and five short story winners. Unfortunately too many live too far away, in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, and often can’t get the time or funding to make such a long journey. Others live closer but can’t get the time off work or family commitments.
We’re delighted that Short Story Winner Jane Camens is flying from Australia. Should be a terrific evening. Come along if you can. Indeed come for the week and enjoy a fantastic programme of literary events, many of which are free. There is a workshop on poetry with astonishing poet Leanne O’Sullivan, and one on reading and performing poetry with comedian/poet Owen O,Neill, and one on “Writing For Women” with Catherine Dunne.  There are afternoon seminars with literary agent Jonathan Williams (perhaps the most useful man for a writer to meet), travel writer Tim Mackintosh Smyth, novelist John Boyne, and many others.

Other News.
The Fish Short Story Prize will open in August and, as always, the closing date is 30 November. The details will be on the website, and we will include them in a newsletter too. The One-Page and Poetry prizes will open soon after, though the closing dates are in April 2011.

Monday, 15 March 2010

The Long and the Shortlists from the Fish Short Story Prize.

"Easy reading is damn hard writing."  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Have a look at the Fish site for the long and the short of it. The writers selected for the longlist and shortlist are too numerous to mention here, but are there in full on the Fish website. The nationalities or addresses of the writers are not published, but as is evident from the names they come from all over the world and the diversity of the stories reflects the divergence in culture and place. The uniform element is the quality, and competition judge Ronan Bennett is ruminating over the final list of winners. We are delighted with the stories and excited at the prospect of an excellent Fish Anthology.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the winners and runners-up will be announced on 19 March, two days later than the usual and stated date of 17th. We are sorry for this delay and hope that it does not inconvenience the writers who are waiting on the results.

Clem Cairns