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.

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The Logical Peril Award

What if fear wasn't lurking in the darkness. What if it was in front of you all along.

Girl Scout | B. Natalia Sanders
Gaslit | Sachin Sharma
Never Saw It Coming | Samantha Bright
Shadows | Liam Pender
Perfect Housemates | Nick Lachmund

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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 :)

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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.

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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.


My Neighbour TL:DR Award Shortlist

Your neighbour's been acting strange lately. Let's take a closer look.


Redemption | Olinda Braganza
The Madhouse | Zsak Long
The Neighboring... | Joey To


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.


Fortune Cookie | Sachin Sharma
Hide and Seek | Abhilasha Sharma
The Perfect Explanation | Rebecca Hadland
Leaving Oasis | Karen Irawan


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.


Prisoner’s Dilemma | Sachin Sharma
War Crimes | Joey To
Banged to Rights | Katie Brice
Repurposing | Rebecca Hadland
Human Jokes | Sophie L Macdonald
Natus Nihilum | Darajabi Nnamani


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


Shortlist for the Less Than Noble Award Up Now

Three authors show down for top spot. Read them all below:
Gossip Gals | Regina Campbell
The Practice | Abhilasha Sharma
Crumble | Darajabi Nnamani


Winner Announcement: Hate and Coat Major Contest

Without further ado we announce the winner for this year's major comp.


Major Contest Shortlist Announcement: Hate and Coat Award

Alright folks here it is. The major contest shortlist represents our favourite stories from the longlist, as chosen by our hardworking judges.
Best of luck to everyone who entered. We'll announce the winner 6th of May.
Thanks to everyone who entered and best of luck to those who still remain!

  The Needle and the Coat | M.C. Benitan
A Cretin's Gamble | Regina Campbell
Trust | Virginnia Johnston
All Alone In The Desert | Grace Halliday
One Step at a Time | Ian Harrison
Strictly Business | Kendal Heyes
The Warm Grey Overcoat | Peter Larsen
Slasher & Co | Sally Lewry
Creatures of the Night | Tessa McCarthy
Away From Me | Mick Wiley
Three Things | Jo Parker
Last Laugh | S. D. Platt
Burning Memories | Jeanette Stampone
Lovers' Tangle | Jacqueline Trott

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