The Hairpin Tarpaulin Award


Failure is the condiment that gives success it’s flavour
– Truman Capote

The Hairpin Tarpaulin Award

Short List & Winner Announcement

Find the short list and winner announcement here

Writing Prompt

Getting everyone together for the holidays is a great, so long as you’re not the one hosting. Even our best laid plans tend to crumble the moment something goes wrong. For this competition, write about a host that is calm under pressure, who uses a combination of ingenuity, wit and good old fashioned effort to get things done in the most trying of circumstances. Family holidays.


All genres are welcome, though stories of satire and realism would probably suit best.

Word Count

No more than 500 of your most level headed, well organised ideas.

Due Date

Sunday 20th December 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

Please read carefully!

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.

2 thoughts on “The Hairpin Tarpaulin Award

  1. Hi, I just resubmitted my story, Mull It Over. Made a few minor changes and realised I hadn’t added some formatting in a couple places.

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