Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 Award

Part One of this visionary award is due Sunday 4th of December.

Hindsight Isn’t 20/20

Part One

The Shortlist

Four Bach Cantatas: Part 1 | Ash Warren

Final Hope | Lavinia Simson

Like Smoke | Mhairi Campbell

This is Not the End | Sophie L Macdonald

Finding Time | Steven Reid

Late Entrants

No One To Blame But Marlee: Part 1 | Sarah Nesbitt

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Writing Prompt

For this four-part serial award, we are looking for a story that takes us backwards in time – retracing a character’s steps to find a lost object, deciphering at which moment a relationship truly ended – whatever you like, as long as each part is set prior to the story that precedes it. Whether it be by an hour, a day, a year or a century is completely up to you! At least one character should be present (in some way) in every part of the story.

Things to include in Part One:

  • A new beginning (even though this the end).
  • A clock.
  • Travel of some kind.


Genre is open (though a hint of mystery couldn’t hurt!).

Word count

Up to 1000 words for Part 1 (the word limit will decrease for each part, so bear this in mind).

Due Date

Part One is due Sunday 4th of December. There are 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 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:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

3 thoughts on “Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 Award

  1. Oooh, this sounds like fun, but I won’t have time 🙁
    Currently in the throes of 25th wedding anniversary celebration final planning and costume design & Christmas with my folks for the weekend for the first due date and getting the property fire ready – learning the old art form, but new for me, of scything. Hard work, but really good fun – it’s been suggested I put on a grim reaper costume while I work 🙂
    Still, there’s an idea forming for Hindsight…

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