The Festival’s End Award

This award about absent emotions is due Sunday 10 March 2019


Writing Prompt

What is worth celebrating in life?

Festivals are where culture meets innovation, music meets merchandise, where friends become family and vice versa.

It’s a place where large groups of people can come together and celebrate shared interests (or discover new ones).

Without them, what would society look like?  How would it function? What would be missing? Would anything be gained?

Most importantly, who would like to see festivals brought to an end?

Consider all these questions when you write for this next award. With the festival playing a significant role in human history, it’s time they take centre stage in our fiction.


All genres are welcome and encouraged.

Word Count

765 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 10 March 2019


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

You can submit your story here

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