Sometimes, memories are blurry, out of focus. Emotions are dulled and senses muted. Often, pieces of the puzzle are missing entirely – especially as we age – or new, fabricated scenes are implanted over painful ones to protect us […]
Happy holidays everyone. What an exciting quartet of stories we saw in the 21C Mega Death Award. I received an email this week encouraging NiTH to keep the single awards going. The writer thought that they were a great introduction […]
Our guest announcer this week is contest creator and author Tobias Madden.
After a series of serials we’re heading into 2017 with a few more one shot awards. Focusing on brevity, these contests give authors the opportunity to enter regular contests without the full on commitment of a serial award. We’ve already […]
From lycanthropy to mystery WOLVES was a serial award that pushed writers on sometimes opposite yet complimentary directions. We’re always on the lookout for that lone wolf who stands out from the competition, but it was clear from the outset […]
The winner announcement this week was inspired by Lavinia Simson’s 10 Seconds 6 The number of stories on the shortlist 5 The number of authors on the shortlist. John Falconer was among them, an author who has been plying his […]
Hello All, It is with great pleasure that I, Nick Lachmund, competitor and reader, have the opportunity to present the final winner announcement for this competition. The series has presented us with a wonderful variety of stories across a spectrum […]
Between the final chapters of Flintlocks & Folly and To The Nines we were treated to the penultimate serials for WOLVES. Authors were asked to consider love of self and love of others with an opportunity to bare one’s teeth […]
The third and final act for Flintlocks and Folly saw three authors conclude three different yet thematically exciting awards. We’ve already seen both Norrish and Seymour take a win apiece. Can Mills square it up with a win for part […]
Sorry for the late Winner’s Announcement this week. I had a big article in mind talking about various things to do judging etc but wasn’t really happy with it. The core point is that I’ve been looking for ways to […]
At NiTH, were always keen to explore new genres. For example, we were the first website to put together a Climate Fiction Short Story List, a page that is ranked top in Google’s search rankings, and includes some great authors, […]
Hello lovely lupines. Today we find out who won Part 2 of the WOLVES Award.
Let’s get straight to it shall we, a tie for first place in the To The Nines Award: Part 7, sees one likely lad and one wolfish writer share top spot in this week’s winner announcement. No it wasn’t Sophie […]
The Everything Is Everything Award was a chance for authors to showcase what they can do away from the restrictions of writing prompts and word counts. We threw the doors open and said “Show us what you’ve got.”
I was really excited with last week’s Flintlock & Folly Award shortlist. Whenever we try something with strict genre requirements there’s always a risk we won’t get enough entries, or that the stories might miss the mark, particularly when it’s […]
Last week we kicked off the Wolves Serial Award, an opportunity for authors to write multi-part stories about loners, changelings, packs, territory, and all things lupine.
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.