We investigate numerically the plasmon resonances of 10-50 nm nanowires with a non-elliptical section. Such wires have a much more complex behavior than elliptical wires and their resonances span a larger frequency range. The field distribution at the surface of these wires exhibits a dramatic enhancement, up to several hundred times the incident field amplitude. These strongly localized fields can provide an important mechanism for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.