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On December 1, 1955, aboard a bus in Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.

Conducted before a handful of people in an age without internet, this refusal of authority sparked a civil rights movement that steered the course of American history.

The ROSA is the inaugural award for Needle In The Hay. In honour of Parks, you are encouraged to write a story of no more than 1000 words dealing the theme “Non compliance in the 21st century.”

Entry is open to everyone. You don’t need to write specifically about Rosa Parks. It can be anything you want. But while there are no genre requirements,  consider the theme carefully before making your decision.


ROSA Award

Announced: Nov 6th 2012

Submission Date: Dec 1st 2012

Short List: Dec 3-8 2012

Winner Announced: Dec 9th 2012

Word Count: 1000

Prizes: $300 (Winner)

Eligibility: Open to everyone