The Dragging Energy Award

A contest about building folks up and tearing them down now due Sunday 16 December 2018



Ashes to Ashes | Aphra Pell

Mr and Mrs Joyce | Erin Green

The Last Swipe | Robert Madden

Stripped | Melinda Walters

Home is Where the Heart is… | Olinda Braganza

Daylight and Nighttime | Darajabi Nnamani

Writing Prompt

Conflict and tension are at the heart of any story. For this award, you’re asked to write about a relationship in crisis, about how compatibility in one context can lead to drama, distrust and destruction in another.

We all know someone who can be a ‘bad influence’, but influence is a two way street, so try to be balanced in your appraisal, if not in word count.

Writing Prompt


  • A Trip to parts unknown
  • A foolish assumption
  • The colour blue, against a red backdrop


Any and all genres are welcome.

Word Count

675 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 4 November  16 December 2018 (extended deadline).


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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