The Deus Ex Lover Award


This award about horrible exes is due 28th January 2018



Annette | Robert Madden
Kill Him Now! | Joey To
Beyond Reason | Evelyn Parr
She Found Me | Seb Turner-Lee
Hospital Blues | Georgia Willis

Writing Prompt

We’re back and kicking things off on the wrong side of the bed in January for Needle In The Hay.

This week’s award asks you to write a story about a relationship gone sour. Bad lovers, terible partners, the one who was really a zero.

It can be personal, autobiographical, satrical and fictional. The one thing it shouldn’t be is redeemable. The Ex, that is.

Also include:

  • A modern technology failture
  • Ineptitude over cunning
  • A mercy killing


Personal, autobiographical, satrical and fictional.

Word Count

450 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 28th January 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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