The Romancing The Phone Award

This award about the power of every day is due Sunday 21 October 2018



Last Meal | Rebecca Hadland
Questions of Love | Alan Paine
Bordeaux | Fionna Cosgrove
Ghosted | Lucy Stattmann
On Reflection | Lauren Archer-Jones

Writing Prompt

Courtship, romance, dating. Finding the one. Finding the one for tonight. Sex, love and dating has changed massively over the past decade, and like many other cultural shifts, the digital world and it’s signature totem, the smartphone, are driving this change.

For this story, you’re asked to compare and contrast modern dating against at least one other form of courtship. You may wish to chose an earlier generation, an historical time, the acts of courtship in the animal kingdom or even look at different type of dating as they happen now.


  • A non-traditional romance.
  • A compulsion, addiction or habit forming behaviour.
  • The use of a familiar item in a unique or unexpected way.


Any and all genres are welcome.

Word Count

550 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 21 October 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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Romancing The Phone Award