Update April 2019
You're probably wondering where I've been. Here's your answer.
New Contest! The Festival's End Award
Due 10 March, this new award asks you to focus on the spirit of the festival.
Winner Announcement for The Logical Peril Award
Find out who won this award and the technique they used compell readers to keep reading.
The Never Been Pissed Award
Emotions tell us who we are, but what if key ones were missing from your life? Explore that idea in this new award.
The Dragging Energy Award Shortlist
We extended the deadline for this shortlist so our authors could have more time to get their stories together.
Boy are we glad we did!
Our first shortlist for the new year is a compelling, at times confronting look at failed relationships, bad characters and breaking free.
Ashes to Ashes | Aphra Pell
Mr and Mrs Joyce | Erin Green
The Last Swipe | Robert Madden
Stripped | Melinda Walters
Home is Where the Heart is… | Olinda Braganza
Daylight and Nighttime | Darajabi Nnamani
Winner Announcement: The Mythological and the Mundane Award
Out first winner announcement for 2019. Find out who took first place in this award about the personal stories of writers.
The New Year's Ablution Award
NYE is a time for celebration, but New Year's Day is all about recovery. Write about the morning after in this new award, our first for 2019!
Dragging Energy Award Extended
We know some of you needed more time on this award. That's why we've extended the deadline. You now have until the 16th of December to get your story in. Check the full details at the link below.
The Logical Peril Award
What if fear wasn't lurking in the darkness. What if it was in front of you all along.
The Dragging Energy Award
Ever knew someone who brought out the worst in you? Here's a chance to write about it and share with the rest of us :)
Winner Announcement: My Neighbour TL:DR Award
Three authors have the chance to take first place, but there can only be one winner. Read on to find out more.
The Romancing The Phone Award
Modern day romance has change rapidly over the past decade. Exlore contemporary love, sex and dating in this new contest.
Winner Announcement: Iron Clad Alias Award
Four terrific stories on this shortlist, each with their own excellent take on the brief. There can only be one winner though, find out who after the jump.
The Mythological and the Mundane Award
Our first award shortlist that's autobiographical in nature. Check out the full list of stories below and learn alittle more about what motivates some of our best authors.
Creatures In The Making | Darajabi Nnamani
Gone But Not Forgotten | Ian Harrison
Found In The Woods | Sachin Sharma
Marzanna | Sam Aro
Mythamorphosis | Olinda Braganza
Winner Announcement: Death and Public Speaking Award
A diverse shortlist with a variety of intersting takes on the writing prompt, including a special appearance by Death. Find out who won after the jump.
Winner Announcement: Collateral Landscape Award
Learn more about the inspiration for this award, Canadian artist James Milne, and find out who took first place from our shortlist of debut and returning authors.
The Iron Clad Alias Award
Writing from the first person perspective, the Iron Clad Alias Award asks you to enter the mind of the villian. Check out the shortlist and have your say by signing up as a Needle in the Hay Judge.
Winner Announcement: The Murder Internationale Award
A well rounded selection of murder mysteries for this award. Find out who took first place after the jump.
The Death and Public Speaking Award Shortlist
Few people like public speaking, but what happens when the stakes are real. Find out in this week's shortlist.
Winner Announcement: Don McCrady Invitational Award
A huge shortlist, but only one winner. Find out who took first place after the jump.
New Shortlist: The Murder Internationale Award
Winner Announcement: Less Than Noble Award
3 authors competed for first place in this powerful award about corruption. See who won after the jump.
Winner Announcement: The Athlete’s Footnote Award
A belated winner announcement for this showdown between Robert Madden and newcomer Bryana Thomas.
Follow Up Announcement for Major Comp Participants
Shortlisted or longlisted for the 2018 Major Comp? You should read this :)
The Don McCrady Invitational Award
An absolutely outstanding shortlist this week. Was it the open topic? The monetary reward? Perhaps the short word count or just a combination of all three. Whatever the reason, don't miss the shortlist for the Don McCrady Invitational Award.
For the Love of Perverts | Joey To
The Ray of Hope | Sachin Sharma
Love Struck | Katie Brice
Salt Can Heal All Wounds | Jenilee Chen
The Stream of Vengeance | Abhilasha Sharma
Back On The Horse | Rob Madden
Narina | Daphne Olivier
The Perils of Prague | Darajabi Nnamani
The Last Day The Sun Danced | Liam Pender
Colonising Mars | Ella Jones
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