Major Contest 2018: The Hate and Coat Award

2018’s major contest asks you to tap into the darker side of the human condition. 

Major Contest 2018:

The Hate and Coat Award


Writing Prompt

Memories have huge staying power, but like dreams, they thrive in the dark, surviving for decades in the deep waters of our minds like shipwrecks on the sea bed.

– J.G. Ballard


For 2018’s Major Contest we’re asking authors to delve deep into the darker side of human emotions. Anger, fear, resentment, jealousy, hate, cowardice and enmity. Take these darker emotions and tie them to memory, and the influence memory has over the decisions we make and the paths we take.

Can you draw sympathy for a hateful character? Is love really the only answer? These are the types of questions we want you look at when you enter our Major Contest for 2018.

Other things you’ll need to include:

  • A coat, jacket, overcoat or similar piece of clothing as a vital component to the story.
  • A deadline that seems unacheivable
  • A memory that can’t or won’t be forgotten


All genres are welcome in this contest, be it fantasy, science fiction, realism, fable, horror, literary or any sub genre.

The word count

It’s a major comp so we’re bumping up the word-count to a massive 999 words. No minimum word count as usual, so if you’re feeling daring, you can go short.

The Fee

Major comps mean major prizes, which means entry fees. Here’s the breakdown

  • One entry: $15 AUD
  • Three entries: $30 AUD
  • Patreon Deal: 2 for 1

The Patreon Deal

Every month we fun a Patreon funded award in which all short listed authors receive an equal cut of the prize. To say thank you for helping make this happen, we’re offering a 2 for 1 deal for any Patreon sponsor.

Because Patreon is an ongoing deal, there’s a stipulation. You must stay a Patreon sponsor for at least one month. When submitting your second story, please mark in the body text that this is a Patreon Deal, as well as your Patreon username.This deal can also be used as many times as you like.

The Deadline

Final submissions are due the 28th of February 2018.

Other Rules

  • Authors must pay the appropriate fee to be considered.
  • All entries must be labelled cleary in the body text:
    • Story Name
    • Name of Author
    • Name of Award
    • Email address of PayPal Account
    • Patreon Name if using Patreon 2 for 1.

Due to the volume of stories we receive we cannot chase up incorrect entries. So please do it properly. If you don’t do it properly, just resubmit, that’s the best solution 🙂

When will the shortlist appear?

The shortlist will appear in April of 2018. It will run for two weeks:

  • Longlist: 2-8 April.
  • Shortlist: 9-16 April.

Different judges will be used for both the long and short list. Winner announcement will be on or around the 16th of April 2018.


Minus PayPal fees the breakdown is:

  • Winner 50% of total entry fees
  • Remaining shortlisted authors get the other 50%
  • Longlisted authors – Detailed feedback from a judge


Ready to send us your story?

Submit your story here

Don’t forget include the details listed above.

Pay here:

If you want to put in more entries, just click one of the above links and change the mount in the field.

Commitment to transparency

At NiTH we’re committed to providing complete transparency in our process. If you have any questions please let us know.