The Casual Act Quaint Award

This award about new friends (and enemies) is Sunday 8 October 2017



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Lone Wolf | Shreya Parashar

Writing Prompt

In an always connected world, new friends can be hard to come by, and enemies in no short supply.

Compose a story about a character dealing with the isolation effects of society and technology in the 21st Century.

You may wish to focus on:

  • Difficulty in making friends
  • Ease in making enemies
  • A little bit of both


Soft genre only, realism should run a significant thread through your story.

Word Count

550 words max. No minimum word count

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 8 October 2017


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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