About Our Writing Contests

NiTH Contests are unlike any writing contest you've entered. They are fast, friendly, and everyone who enters receives feedback from our team of editors & judges.

Structured as an ongoing series of weekly writing competitions based around a broad selection of writing prompts, Writers are free to enter any contest, and all authors receive feedback from our judges on what the liked (any what can be improved) in their work.

The 2018 Major Contest Is Here!

We’re asking authors to delve deep into the darker side of human emotion and memory in this Major Prize for 2018. Find the full details below.


Major Comp

Needle In The Hay Short Story Contests

The Deus Ex Lover Award

  This award about horrible exes is due 28th January 2018

The Gift of Returning Award

This award about the magic of gifting is due Sunday 17 December 2017

The Heineken Memorial Award

This award about friendship through thick and thin is due Sunday 10 December 2017

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Writer Services

Did you know the NiTH Editorial Team has edited, proofread and provided feedback on over 7000 short stories, novels and works of flash fiction?

Our services are honestly priced, and all proceeds go to the administrative costs of running Needle In The Hay. Services include professional proofreading and editing on manuscripts of all lengths, and short learning courses with one-on-one tuition focused on practical skill building from short story to novel and serial fiction.

Needle In The Hay has helped over 500 authors on their journey to writing great fiction. See what we have to offer.

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Needle In The Hay offers a variety of free and fairly priced resources and services to help authors on their journey. Not sure about something? Drop us a line.

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