The Taupe Toupee Award

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The Taupe Toupee Award

Short List & Winners Announcement

Read the full short list and winners announcement here.

Writing Prompt

The assorted general staff have gathered around the box, which lies open on the warehouse floor. Meanwhile the section chiefs assemble in the mezzanine office to discuss what to do with the contents.

The nondescript box measures a metre squared. A routine scan generated an emergency inspection. No invoice, no record, all that lay inside was a thick, rugged looking taupe toupee.


Open to any and all genres.

Word Count

No more than 600 of your perfectly fitting, “Seriously you can hardly tell the difference” words.

Due Date

22 9 November 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.