Welcome Home, It’s Been A While | The Triumphant Return Award

The prodigal son has returned, the homecoming queen is crowned, and Gandalf is in town. But not everything is as it seems in this award about coming home.

Welcome Home, It’s Been A While

The Triumphant Return Award

Short List & Winners Announcement

Read the the full short list and winners announcement here.


Writing Prompt

Compose a story about a character returning to their home or hometown.
They might have been travelling abroad, been to war, run away or living with distant cousins, the choice is yours. Make use of the Unreliable Narrator technique so that the reader is conflicted about the true nature of the story.


This is an open award and there are no genre requirements. Write in any genre you like, or make up a new one.

Word Count

Bring it home in no more than 600 words.

Due Date

All entries due by 11th October 2015. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.


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.