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Deadline Approaching for the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

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Article by ERMurray © 23 November 2019.
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Competition deadline: 30th November 2019

For the opportunity to have your short story published in the Fish Anthology 2020, enter the Fish Short Story Prize. Ten stories will be selected for publication.

The Fish Short Story Prize was started in 1994, and has become an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons. (Past honorary patrons were Frank McCourt and Dermot Healy).

This year’s judge, acclaimed short story writer, novelist and honorary patron of this prize, Colum McCann, will select 10 short stories to be published in the 2020 Fish Anthology.

10 winners will be published in The Fish Anthology 2020 which will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival (July 2020).

Publication in the annual Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has, for many authors, been a stepping-stone to a successful writing career. See Alumni.

Anam Cara will host the second-prize winner for a weeks retreat at the writer’s convenience.

Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

Terms and Conditions

  • No entry form is needed. Entry is online, or by post if required.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish.
  • This short story competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Maximum number of words is 5,000.
  • The winning stories must be available for the anthology, and therefore must not have been published previously.
  • Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author.
  • Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.
  • The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, (in the box provided if entering online, on separate sheet if entering by post).
  • In order to give opportunities to emerging writers: (a) Writers who have had two short stories published in Fish Anthologies may not enter for three years after their second publication. They may enter other Fish competitions. (b) Previous first prize winners may enter again, but will not be eligible for the first prize.
  • Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.

See here for more details.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com