The Iron Clad Alias Award

This award about multiple identities is due Sunday 19th August 2018.



Fortune Cookie | Sachin Sharma
Hide and Seek | Abhilasha Sharma
The Perfect Explanation | Rebecca Hadland
Leaving Oasis | Karen Irawan

Writing Prompt

What’s the best way to hide what you’ve done? In this award, your alias not only has to be airtight, it’s IRON CLAD.

Writing from a first person perspective, show the lengths your narrator can go to without giving away what they’ve done. Whether they’re under accusation or trying to pass it off onto others, this is your chance to enter the mind of the villain (or at the very least an anti-hero).


  • A play on he word ‘iron’
  • An exception to a social rule
  • A mask not worn on the face.


All genres are welcome and encouraged, but perspective should be 1st person only.

Word Count

425 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 19 August 2018


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

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Iron Clad Alias Award