The Separation Anxiety Award

A flash fiction contest about change due 10 July 2016


Writing Prompt

Compose a spiece of flash fiction about a situation where characters are considering a break, split, an end to a contract, relationship or friendship.
Consider the motivations that each character has, and how they might conflict with what is in their heart.


Write in the genres of literary fiction, romance, realism, surrealism, fable or folk tale (so basically no hard genre.

Word Count

Up to 600 words.

Due Date

Sunday 10 July 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.

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:


Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

Separation Anxiety Award

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