To submit to an award send an email to needleinthehaywritingcomp (@) gmail.com with the following:
Name of the Award in the subject line.
Your piece as an rtf or doc attachment, or a link to a shared document on google drive etc.
An image of you, or your avatar if you don’t want to be seen. Nothing bigger than 2MB.
Check the awards page for more details on upcoming awards and their selection criteria
All pieces must be originals written to the criteria of the award.
Authors retain copyright of their pieces.
Update: ‘Originals’ means you haven’t submitted it anywhere else, and it was not written prior to the release of the award.
The Selection Process
From the pool of submissions a short list is selected and made available on the site. Readers are encouraged to comment on their preferred submissions in order to sway the vote.
The winner will be selected by a panel of judges based on quality of work and commentary of the readership.
Reading and Commenting
Needle In The Hay relies on an active readership to select winners for each award. As a reader, you can contribute by viewing the submissions in the current short list, then commenting and sharing in favour of the ones you like.
Constructive criticism is also encouraged, provided the criticism is sandwiched between two positive comments. The Ed abides by this rule and so should you.
Judges are generally selected on an invitational basis. If, however, you feel you would make a good judge for an upcoming award send a brief email outlining why. You don’t have to be working in literature, just an interesting \ relevant person with something to give to the community.
- The Ed