Quasimodo’s Quasi Oboe Award

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
– Salvatore Quasimodo

Quasimodo’s Quasi Oboe Award

Writing Prompt

Compose a story about a pariah or social outcast. Explore the ways in which societal opinions influence personal identities, and the way we present ourselves impacts how others perceive us. Have your protagonist be challenged, or show capability with, a musical instrument. Explore the way music helps us to communicate, both with others and ourselves.


Fable, Satire, Myth, Literary, Realist, & Genres of all kind welcome.

Word Count

Up to 600 (Numbers are just a social construct) words.

Due Date

Due 15 May 2016. There is 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. Want bigger prizes? Help us there there through Patreon.

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

How do I submit?

You can submit your story here.