The Heineken Memorial Award

This award about friendship through thick and thin is due Sunday 10 December 2017



Paw Print | Shreya Parashar
Things I’d Like to Tell You | Charlie Sykes
Runaway Kid | Sachin Sharma
I See You | Sophie L Macdonald
Laika | Elizabeth Poggiagliolmi
Best Friends | C.R. Gardner


Writing Prompt

Recently, Needle in the Hay lost one of its favourite friends. Heineken the dog was inspiration for many awards that came through NiTH. To commemorate his passing, we’re doing an award about our best friends.

Human, animal or otherwise, your story should celebrate friendship, even under the toughest of circumstances, we’ve got each other’s backs.

Also include:

  • An outdoor setting; coastal, parklands etc.
  • An obstacle easily overcome by two
  • A chance for a better life.


Any and all genres welcome.

Word Count

650 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 10 December 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

You can submit your story here

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