Fish aims to discover new and exciting talent both in Ireland and abroad, and publish it, bringing a taste of the latest Irish literature around the world, while taking back some of theirs. In 1994 Fish started its life on a trawler off the south west of Ireland, moving to the mainland a year later. The Short Story Prize is world wide, and the winners each year are published in the anthology. Overall Winner of 1,500: Andrew Lloyd-Jones, with his story Feathers and Cigarettes Second Prize: Geona Edwards with The Terrible Eyes of Big Hawkins Third Prize: Katy Darby with Pussycat, Pussycat. Also includes the work of eleven runners-up.
Clem Cairns started Fish Publishing out of surprise and dismay that in Ireland - a spiritual home of the short story - it was so hard to get published. Many promising writers of the form were going to London and more were told that the form was dying. The Fish Short Story Prize aimed to help redress that situation. Before all this he was a fisherman, farmer, sign-maker. Originally from Dublin, he lives in West Cork with his partner Jula Walton and their five children.