17th December – 2 writing competitions you might be interested in

Great new contest – the Fish Short Memoir (Life Writing) Contest, with David Shields as the judge. First prize is €2,000, and the ten best short memoirs will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology. Closes 30 Jan 2012. We are delighted to add a new prize, for second place in the Memoir Contest.One week  at the stunning Writers’ Retreat at Casa Ana, Las Alpujarras, Spain. Plus €300 towards travel expenses. The closing date is 30 Jan 2012. Entries must be 4,000 words or less. Results announced: 1st March 2012. Entry €15 online http://www.fishpublishing.com/ Critique available for €40.Casa Ana in Las Alpujarras, southern Spain, regularly offers Writers Retreats. Here you’ll find a room of your own, inspiring surroundings, good food and the company of other writers.Casa Ana is a 400 year-old house in the Alpujarra mountains of Andalucia.  Once an important family home with a wine press, olive oil store, barns and stables, Casa Ana has been transformed into a stylish and comfortable rural retreat with south-facing terraces, a garden and spectacular river gorge views.Retreats take place regularly at Casa Ana and the next writing retreat is from 1 – 29 February 2012. 

Judge: Michael Collins.
Micheal Collins is the judge of the 2012 Prize. He is the acclaimed author of eight books, including novels and short stories which have been translated into seventeen languages. His work has garnered numerous awards, including Irish Novel of the Year along with being shortlisted for both The Man Booker Prize and Impac Prize.
His novel, The Secret Life of E. Robert Pendleton won Breakout Novel of the Year in France 2008.
The ten best stories will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology.
First Prize €1,000.
Word limit 300.
Closes 20 March 2012. Results announced 30 April 2012.
Entry €14. Critique €30