Winner Announcement: Heineken Memorial Award

A bit of a belated winner announcement this time around as we took a short break over the holiday period. But first up, let me say thank you to everyone, shortlisted or not, that entered the award. It was awesome to have so many cool stories about a subject so close to my heart.

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I won’t do the usual recap this week, if you haven’t checked out the stories, you can find them all here. Otherwise, let’s do the full winner announcement.

Winner Announcement (and special mentions)

The final quarter of 2017 saw the rise of two unique authors, both qualifying for a number of shortlists, Sachin Sharma and Shreya Parashar are model Needle In The Hay writers, always willing to take on a brief, I couldn’t be happier with how both authors have thrown themselves into the award. Thank you both for your contributions to Needle over the past few months!Q

When Needle in the Hay first started the original mandate was to provide something that was sorely lacking in the contests space. Quick awards, fast turnarounds and feedback. Both Sachin and Shreya have shows that with regular participation the sky’s the limit. We only have to look at Clarissa Goenawan’s rise to fame after participating in NiTH to see that anything is possible for a writer who works hard at their craft.

We also welcomes Charlie Sykes and Elizabeth Poggiagliolimi to the award with two excellent, high scoring debut efforts. Charlie’s Things I’d Like to Tell You took out second place! Here’s hoping we see more from both of you in the new year.

NiTH mainstays Sophie L Macdonald and C.R. Gardner round out the shortlist. It’s  been a great year for C.R. with a number of excellent stories and features in NiTH publications, as with Sophie, who’s taken on a big role in organising out latest effort. Seasons of Discontent.

Sophie’s more than just a great editor. Not for the first time her story has taken first place this week. So please congratulate Sophie for her story I See You, which won by a considerable margin this week. Congratulations Sophie and thanks to everyone who participated, judges, writers and readers, for making this award such a success.

Keep an eye on the page for more exciting comps and other fun things coming up soon.


Heineken Memorial Award