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.

Needle In The Hay Short Story Contests

The Get Out Of Jail Free Award

This Patreon funded award about breaking free is due 16 July 2017.

The Dry July Award

This award deadline has been extended until the 9th of July.

Avocado With Interest Award

This piece of flash fiction is due 25th June 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.

Our Services

Judges Roundtable

Conversations with our judging pool on what they think writers do right (and wrong!) when it comes to writing short stories.

Contact Us

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.

Contact Us

The Unreliable Narrator

One of our favourite techniques at NiTH. Read about how to write mistrustful narration that plays with the reader's expectations and creates exciting characters.

NiTH Homepage

Read the latest shortlist as well as interviews, projects and special offers, all on the front page.