The Barry + Barry Award

And under no circumstances give two characters the same name
– Every expert at fiction writing ever

The Barry + Barry Award

Short List & Winners Announcement

Read the full short list and winners announcement here.

Writing Prompt

Write a story involving two characters with the same name. Involve this issue with the plot, comedy or tragedy somehow. While you can use nicknames and other monikers to seperate the two, the crux of the story should still involve this same name quandry.
The characters do not have to look alike, be related, same gender etc.
…But they can if you like.


Any and all genres are available to you on this most esteemed award.

Word Count

Up to 600 words. Some same, some different.

Due Date

All submissions due on the 1st November 2015. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.

Update: Winner will be announced on Friday the 6th of November.


First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.

All entries received feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format

Include 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.

Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

How do I submit?

You can submit your story here.