Flintlocks & Folly: Act 2

Part 2 of this Flintlock fantasy award is due 2 October 2016


Writing Prompt

In act 2 of a this three act serial award you’ll take your characters to the brink of cataclysm, looking deep within themselves and finding a tumultuous, everdeep ocean… or perhaps just hot air. Here’s what you’ll need to include

    • A character or group of characters seen in A different light – both physically and metaphorically
    • A chance encounter with the past
    • An missed opportunity to atone for mistakes.
    • A build up to a climactic Act 3.



Roughly within the emerging genre of flintlock fantasy.

Can I Enter If I Missed Act 1?

Yes! Just include a separate submission for Act 1 as well.

Word Count

Up to 1400 words. No minimum word count.

Due Date

Sunday 2 October 2016. There is 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