The Fish Poetry Contest 2017

Publish Date: Jul 29, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017


The Fish Poetry Contest was established in 2006. Previous judges include Billy Collins, Brian Turner, Leanne O’Sullivan, Michael McCarthy, Peter Fallon, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Durcan, Ruth Padel and Nick Laird.
This year’s judge, (to be announced), will be selecting the 10 poems to be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. The anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival in July ’17.

Critique Service is for poets who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time. Poetry Writing Course online. Mentoring for poets who require ongoing appraisal.


Ten poems will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology.

First – €1,000

Second – A week in residence at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat, West Cork, Ireland.

The ten published authors will each receive five copies of the Anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July ’16.


  • Poetry Contest
  • No entry form is needed.
  • Entry is online, or by post if required.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish.
  • The poetry contest is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Poem length is restricted to 300 words.
  • The winning poems 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.
  • Poems cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not apear on the poem, (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 to be acceptance of these rules.

How to Enter

You can enter online or by post. The cheaper option is to enter online.

How to Enter Online

To enter online, click "Further official information" below, and follow the instructions.
MAKE SURE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS ARE NOT ON THE POEM (Judging is done anonymously.) Your poem and name are linked automatically when you enter.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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