The Dry July Award

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



Dwarven Addiction | CR Gardner

MEMORANDUM | ReLynn Vaughn


Writing Prompt

Writing in the style of a warning label or other official document, write about struggles and victories over addiction and habit forming behaviours.

It can be about more traditional forms like substance addiction, love sickness and greed. Or it can be about more modern forms of addiction, like marketing and entertainment. You can look at themes like:

  • Consumerism and addiction
  • Habit and practice
  • Healing and medication
  • History and the future

Remember your story must be in the form of a warning label, or other official document.


All genres are welcome

Word Count

350 words max. No minimum word count

Due Date

This story is due 9 July 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

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