If you’ve had a chance to check out the recent interviews with former NiTH writers Adrian Collins and Clarissa Goenawan, you’ve probably noticed a trend. A lot of writers who have come through Needle In The Hay tend to go […]
The Eighth Wonder Award was an opportunity for authors take readers on an adventure somewhere new, to break out of the interior focus and look out to what is grand, wonderful, frightening and epic in scope. Let’s recap:
We passed the halfway point of the To The Nines Award with a cracking selection of stories for our serial award, you all know the usual suspects plying their unique stories, we’ve covered just about every major genre, from horror […]
With four on point and pointed displays of augmented reality it was always going to take something special to stand out from the pack this week. Andrew Szermerdy’s second showing on the Needle short list continues his propensity for banterific […]
Over the past couple of months we’ve had the opportunity to experience story creation in a new way, as it happens. For each part of the serial award, we’re invited to not only read the story, but predict how it […]
A strong mix of stories about relationships ending and people coming apart. Let’s kick things off with a recap. Recap Tobias Madden’s Moving Day brings a touching twist to the end of a relationship, as Aaron prepares Tom for some […]
A compelling third installment for this week’s shortlist, Part 3 of the To The Nines Award. Let’s recap: It kicks off with Lydia Trethewey, who inches us deeper into the rabbit hole in the part 3 of the ‘cult classic’ […]
We don’t always delve into the horror genre. It’s a tough nut to crack at the best of times and can draw even the most discerning author into accidental cliche and things that go *groan* in the night. Fortunately, that […]
What a wild bunch of writely weirdness we stirred up this week with the Bertie Beats The Tweets Award. Feature Author Joey To got things started with Skullbook, an off kilter parody with plenty of bite starring a litter of […]
Otsuchi’s ‘Goth’ is a serial novel about two high school students obsessed with death and murder. Set over a series of ‘mysteries’, it’s a visceral, disturbing and surreal tale that delves into identity and perspective, unfolding more and more with each […]
‘Oh my!’ jittered Polluck, ‘I must have put that last comma in the wrong spot. I didn’t realise such a small thing could make such a big difference!’ So goes the penultimate paragraph of C.R. Gardner’s Small Things, a flash […]
Two winner announcements, fun prizes and a bunch of cool stuff!
In which we talk Part 1 of the To The Nines Award, plus updates on new publications both digital and physical.
This week let’s talk about pathways.
This week we’re going to break with (recent) tradition a little bit and talk about scoring.
If it seemed like a long list this week, that’s cause it was. Duets & Duvets Part 2 brought together ten authors for a decathlon of dreamy and sometimes deadly flash fiction stories, breaking the shortlist record of 9 made […]
For those interested in maths and stats, this week’s all gentleman-ly three author shortlist was one third the size of last week’s record breaking (and all female) shortlist for the Duets & Duvets Award Part 1.
A massive shortlist last week, with nine authors vying for top spot in a comp of romantic interludes, trysts, affairs, assassinations and assignations. And in the spirit of people coming together, there was more than one winner this week, but […]
A twist in the tale for part 3 of the trilogy award, with authors taking on existing trilogies from their peers. Let’s recap! In Part 3 of Just Another Wednesday Afternoon, C R Gardner seems a perfect fit bringing her […]
Squeezed somewhat awkwardly between Parts 2 and 3 of the Trilogy Award, there was a chance last weeks award coukd have passed by unseen. Instead we received a rather obscene number of entries, setting the scene for a quality contest […]
The second part of our Trilogy Award for 2016 gave authors the chance to extend on their stories with one simple provision, to include a sentence from another author’s part 1 story. The short list remained largely unchanged, with only […]
Six authors undertook the lonely trudge through the marshes of March this week. Let’s recap. In a dark cell in the middle of places unknown, Jeannette Stampone showed us true horror with Salvation I shook my head, “No Master. Of […]
After the long haul of the suspenseful marathon that was the Major Comp for 2016 the Trilogy Award Award offers us a chance to try something a little different. Three award over 5 weeks that interlink with each other, forcing […]
The What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Award Love is a many splendour thing! Over the last month we’ve seen a myriad interpretations of what it can mean to us, the tragedy, the power, the fortune […]
Just because our Major Comp Long List kicked off this week doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about or fallen heroes. The Waiting For Starman Award asked authors to write about a celebrity who receives a strange visitor near the end of […]
Recap A large short list last week gave us plenty of savour, kick off eoth Jeanette Stampone who is fast becoming a fan favourite around NiTH. Her story this week, The Con Fusion, shows that Jeanette has what it takes to […]
Four authors graced our short list last week, each keen to take on the Kneel In The Grass, Bison Award where we asked authors to personify an animal who makes first contact with an alien being. Simple Stuff, really. Lydia […]
We kicked off 2016 with a lighthearted award, a play on words, a pun, a terrible, terrible joke that’s becoming a pattern (Kneel, Bison). Whether you loved or hated the contest, there’s no denying our four authors this week showed […]
Recap As the holiday season draws to a close we celebrated our own milestone. The What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Award drew a record number of entrants. And while we’re busy working through the hundreds of […]
Recap As we near the pointy end of 2015 things are heating up at the top of the ladder. This year has a few authors in particular take the award by the scruff on the neck. Lydia Trethewey, who debuted at NiTH […]