The Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 Award Part 4

Part 4 of this visionary award is due Sunday the 5th of February.


Part 4


It’s All For you | Sophie L Macdonald

Four Bach Cantatas, Part 4 | Ash Warren

Finding Time, Part 4 | Steven Reid

No One To Blame But Marlee | Sarah Nesbitt

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Writing Prompt

Acknowledging the exact moment – or the choice that you made – that led you to where you are right now can be incredibly enlightening. What was the catalyst for change? Was it accidental? A rash judgement? Or was it a calculated decision?

For the final instalment of this four-part serial award, transport the reader back one final time – a minute, an hour, a century – and bring us a gripping conclusion to your story, by showing us how it all began. Remember, one character must remain present, in some way, in each and every part of your story. 

Things to include in Part Three:

  • A dead end.
  • A confession from your protagonist.
  • A proverb.


Genre is open (though a hint of mystery couldn’t hurt!).

Can I Enter If I Missed Part One, Two and Three?

Yes! It’ll be a lot of work, but just include separate submissions for Part One, Two and Three as well.

Word count

Up to 700 words for Part Four.

Due Date

Part 4 is due Sunday the 5th of February. There are 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:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

2 thoughts on “The Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 Award Part 4

    1. It doesn’t have to be a well known proverb, you can make it up, just have be in the story in some fashion and be recognisable as such.

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