The Post Election Degradation Award

This award about event waste and the human cost is due Sunday 9 June 2019


Writing Prompt

With as massive undertaking as a national election comes all sorts of waste. Wasted words, wasted money, wasted time and wasted resources.

What happens to the billboards, the placards, the corflute signage, the paper ballots? What is the toll on the environment that we pay for events like these?

And what about the human cost. The loss of empathy, the time, effort and energy expended in games with so few winners.

In this award we ask you to think about resources and people and explore the way they impact each other. Choose a significant event (it doesn’t need to be an election) as the backdrop, but remember, character drives every story, including yours.


All genres are welcome and encouraged.

Word Count

700 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 9 June 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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