The Athlete’s Footnote Award

This award about new supports Sunday 18 February 2018



Robert Madden featured in multiple shortlists over 2017. Can he best newcomer Bryana Thomas in this head to head, or will the rookie NiTH author win out?

Don’t Blink | Robert Madden

Dear Dad | Bryana Thomas

Writing Prompt

In the style of a letter, diary entry, journal or private vlog, write a tale which the character is a player in a new style of sport.

The nature of that sport is up to you. The protagonist could be an elite athlete, a weekend warrior or anything in between. The choice is yours.

Also include:

  • A beloved but unexpected pet
  • A change of perspective
  • A forgotten heirloom


Realist, surrealist, sci fi, humour, biography and autobiography are all welcome.

Word Count

575 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 18 February 2018


All authors are eligible for this award.


  • First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.
  • All entries receive feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format

A cover image is no longer a prerequisite, but we still love them. All cover images must be in 4:3 format landscape (not portrait). Most photo editing programs give you that option. If you’re using your phone, try the Snapseed app, it has lots of cool features as well. Another recommendation is Pixlr.

If including a cover image, ensure that you own the rights to that image or that you have permission, or that the image carries a free license. Make the filename of the image the name of your story and include a backlink to the source in the body text at the bottom of your story.

Also include:

In the body text:

  • Title
  • Author name
  • Award name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

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The Athlete's Footnote Award