New Years Ablutions Award

This award about recovery and revelry is due Sunday 20th January 2019



Gregorian | Nina Franz
Albert | Chris Field
Familiar Event | Lucas Valladares
Off the Wagon | C.R. Gardner
January First | Nick Lachmund
Same Old New Year | Joey To
Mirror Syndrome on New Year’s | Jess Farey

Writing Prompt

January 1st is most well known for he making of New Year’s Resolutions, but for many of us there’s a very different sort of ceremony we go though.

Recovering from one of the biggest night’s of the year is an event in of itself.

In this award, we ask you to write a story that takes for it’s central premise a recovery on New Year’s Day. In particular, we’d like to see a focus on bodily reactions to New Years’ Eve and how your characters cope with it.

Is your character suffering from temporary amnesia? Perhaps they’ve get an important event but can’t quite seem to pull it together, maybe even something more sinister?

You have plenty of freedom to create in this award, so show us your best story about New Years Eve recovery, drawing from personal experience if you like 🙂


All genres are welcome and encouraged.

Word Count

650 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 20 January 2019


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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