For Sale: Puppies – Slightly Used | The Rat In A Cage Award

There’s a fine line between captivity and cruelty.


For Sale: Puppies – Slightly Used

The Rat In A Cage Award


Short List & Winners Announcement

Read the full short list and winners announcement.

Writing Prompt

Write about a disreputable animal breeder who becomes trapped in one of his or her own cages.


Write in the style of magical realism, realism, or literary genre.

Word Count

No more than 800 of your most loyal, convivial words.

Due Date

All entries due by 4th October 2015. 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 received feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format

Include 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.

Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters  

How do I submit?

You can submit your story here.