The What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Award
Love is a many splendour thing! Over the last month we’ve seen a myriad interpretations of what it can mean to us, the tragedy, the power, the fortune and the grace of love.
And while it’s true to say ‘We’re all winners’ in a sense, in a more accurate sense, there’s only one…
Big C by Ian Harrison!
Full of notable quotables, Big C is the story of a child’s love for their parent, shown through wisdom that is practical without ever feeling parochial, or patriarchal:
“Look at how I’m doing it. When you shave, you should go with the grain, son – you remember how we’ve talked about woodworking. Wood and hair are natural – they each grow a particular way. So, work with nature and not against it.”
Just as exciting was the duel for second place, where we honour three authors who plucked the same straw:
Corps De Ballet by Carmel De Lillis
Till Death Do Us In by Joey To
Golden Eyes by C R Gardener
Originally, the award indicated $200 vouchers for places 2-6, but so impressed we were (thanks Yoda) with the showings from every writer, that NiTH is extending the courtesy to every author shortlisted 2-11. We’ll be releasing a whole library of (hopefully) interesting (and affordable) courses through March & April, so keep an eye out for that.
In other news our second short story collaboration is nearing completion. Made totally from the ground up through the NiTH forums, it represents the talent and co-ordination of ten authors, an artist and an editor coming together to make something happen.
So far our collabs have been so much fun that we’re running a few more through the first half of 2016. If you’re not already a member of the forums you can sign up at any time, and we’ll be extending invites to every author long listed for the major comp as well.
Finally a big thanks to everyone who made our 2016 Major Comp happen. From the authors who participated at every level, to the long and short list judges, to the volunteers who contiune to help us collate scores, publish stories and coordinate feedback. Every year NiTH exists as the combined small efforts of hundreds of people, and it’s an honour to be at the centre of that.
Even though there’s only one winner in any given contest, competition in any form is always more about putting yourself out there, challenging yourself and others, and most of all having a good time doing it!
Martin De Biasi
…Oh and in case you didn’t get the feature image for this announcement. It’s a Big Sea… Get it?