Writing Contest Based On A Misunderstanding | The Warren’s Ashes Award

Writing Contest Based On A Misunderstanding

The Warren’s Ashes Award


“…Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”
“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is wilfully to misunderstand them.”

– Jane Austen | Pride and Prejudice

Short List & Winners Announcement

Full short list and winners announcement here.

Writing Prompt

Write a story based on a misunderstanding, where characters act under a false belief, be it deliberate or otherwise. Engage the reader with dramatic irony and create tension through the story.

Short Story Contest Guidelines

The guidelines are here to help you.

  • Due Date

    All entries due no later than the 16th of August 2015

  • Word Count

    Up to 700 of your best words.

  • Prizes

    First prize receives 5000 words edited by members of the NiTH team on a manuscript of their choosing.
    All short listed authors receive feedback on their stories by request.

Story Requirements

  • Characters

    A minimum of three characters must be in the story. Everyone must have names, including the narrator.

  • Setting

    The story can be set anywhere and anytime. There are no genre requirements either.

  • Special Requirements

    Include the scattering of ashes, visiting a grave, or some other kind of bereavement. (No requirement that this be a tragic or sad story).

Entry Format

Include the title, author name and contest name like this

New: Write your own story introduction.

150 characters or less on what your story is about (If you can’t do this leave it blank)


by Author Name

For the AWARD NAME Contest

Where Do I Enter?

Enter at our Submissions page.

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