Fish Short Story Prize 2017 Deadline 30th November 2017

Judge: Billy O’Callaghan

Billy will select 10 stories for publication in the 2018 Fish Anthology.


Fish Anthology 20171st Prize: €3,000

2nd Prize: A week at AnamCara Writers’ Retreat + €300

3rd Prize: €300

Closes: 30 November 2017

Entry is online or by post.

Entry fees: €20 (€10 subsequent entries)

Read the details before entering.

Or go direct to online entry.


Billy O' CallaghanBilly O’Callaghan’s two books of short stories, ‘The Things we Lose, The Things We Leave Behind’ and ‘In Too Deep’ announced a rare new talent on the Irish and world stage, winning a host of awards between them. His first novel – ‘The Dead House’ was published this year and was short-listed for the Costa Awards.

Billy will select ten stories entered to the 2017 Fish Prize for inclusion the the 2018 Fish Anthology.

Mary-Jane Holmes Wins Bridport Poetry Prize.

Mary Jane Holmes Mary-Jane Holmes, chief editor at Fish has added the prestigious Bridport Prize for Poetry to her gathering tally of prizes. Competition Judge Lemn Sissy wrote –

“The winning poem is ‘Siren Call’.  I am drawn to a bleak coastal town. I am drawn by sound. It is like a short film.  Unsentimental.  Brutal even.  The writer draws us to sound from the outset.  I am lured into listening. Through aural sensation the picture unfolds.  It has all the detail of La Cite Des Enfants Perdus.  Listen as the writer instructs “no not the familiar sounds”.  The writer shakes the reader from complacency and into a Sirens Call.  There’s a confidence of line. I am hypnotized by The Siren Call.”

Mary-Jane teaches the Fish Short Story Writing Course online, and works as an editor for poetry, the novel, memoir, and flash fiction along with short story. She will be teaching a week-long poetry workshop in July 2018 at Casa Ana in Spain, where she is joint director of the Casa Ana Writing Programme.

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