He was ravenous, but couldn’t eat. Pioneer’s Pride Lydia Trethewey For the Avocado With Interest Award The carpark was empty as McDowell rolled up, the horizon blue with sleep. He trudged into the warehouse; inside, Pioneer’s Pride was quiet, […]
Humans are notoriously delicate. How to Escape the Cone of Shame Lydia Trethewey FAQ Quest Award *This FAQ is for canines only. Question: How do I remove the cone-of-shame? Top Answer: The cone-of-shame or “Elizabethan Collar” is a strange […]
Where do you go for respite when everything is plugged in. Fever Loss Lydia Trethewey 2017 Science Fiction Award Alana tried to avoid looking at herself; her body, partially submerged in the green bathwater, bulged against the plastic. Subcutaneous treachery […]
Shooting Stars Lydia Trethewey For the Protest Pro Test Award The booster was strangely bright against the flat blue sky, a silver midday star fighting to be visible beside the sun. Alec watched it grow larger, closer, a gloved hand […]
Where Home Was Lydia Trethewey For The Hotel Diaspora Award The motorway was an accumulation of weeds, streaking cirrus clouds and vibrations in the vinyl seat. It was a rental car, and Taylor sat in the passenger’s seat, her partner […]
Hello All, It is with great pleasure that I, Nick Lachmund, competitor and reader, have the opportunity to present the final winner announcement for this competition. The series has presented us with a wonderful variety of stories across a spectrum […]
To move forward, Damon contemplates going back. The Plantation IX Lydia Trethewey TO THE NINES Award Damon’s wrist twinges as he types into the search bar. The laptop keys feel strangely smooth, unreal, beneath his fingers. Beyond the high-rise […]
The Plantation VIII Lydia Trethewey To the Nines Part 8 Flames make dancing shadows between the endless trees, licking Damon’s skin. He stumbles, fallen palm leaves cutting the heels of his hands, leaps up again and keeps running. The sound […]
For Damon, the time has come to take the plunge.
You know it’s coming.
Four authors compete in an award about high seas, ghost ships, secret islands, magic, mystery, plunder and the occasional blunderbuss.
“For this to work, we must act in unison. There can be no hold-outs.”
Spirit wards are in the bones.
Damon learns escape is not as easy as he might have hoped.
Ancient caves house a modern secret. The Devil’s Roar Lydia Trethewey For the EIGHTH WONDER award Michael Ignatius Theodos grinned in the dark. The musty smell of ancient sands filled his nostrils as he inhaled deeply, filling his lungs […]
Damon and the others plan their escape.
An augmented soldier processes chemical reactions Synthesis By Lydia Trethewey For the Poke the Mango award Arlington Tuesday 13th September, 10.30am White blood sprites dance in my eyes. My eyelids flutter open onto a long blade of fluorescent light, a […]
Damon encounters the unexpected in part four of The Plantation by Lydia Trethewey.
Students search for a #Phexit (philosophical exit) in ghost hunters 101. The Best Thesis Defence Lydia Trethewey For the HORRORS & HEIDEGGER Award “It’s creepy in here,” says Genevieve, hugging her shoulders. The other two look around at the […]
Cults have the darndest names.
Meat is murder, and there’s power in the lungs.
We got the cure. Now we need a cure for the cure.
Brain Strings & Disconnection By Lydia Trethewey For the DUETS AND DUVETS Award (part II) As I walk I watch the oxide coloured freight train flashing through the gaps in the trees. It rumbles along my limbic brain, smell of […]
We all have strange habits. Brain Strings and Concrete Pavers By Lydia Trethewey For the DUETS & DUVETS Award I lie in bed, face in the pillow. Henry strips off behind me, steps into his boxers. Plonks down […]
Based on an original concept by Sean Crawley. Dinner, Despair and Debbie (Six Months Later) By Lydia Trethewey For the TRILOGY AWARD PART 3 Read: Part 1 | Part 2 There’s something about an empty fridge that always causes a […]
“You know, sometimes I think there’s no real difference between a world of magic, and a world where people believe in magic.” The Moon Flute By Lydia Trethewey For the SCENE OF THE UNSEEN OBSCENE Award Through the tiny window Batuk […]
Black Ice: Part II By Lydia Trethewey For the Trilogy Part 2 Award Black Ice: Part I Through the thin plaster walls Miranda hears tinned laughter, the ding of a microwave dinner and the neighbour’s dog barking. She leans […]
Try as we might, we never outrun our past.
With original fiction by some of NiTH’s most proflic authors including leaderboard heroes: Lydia Trethewey Alicia Bruzzone Nick Lachmund Amber Fernie Plus stories by Yuki Iwama Ted Inver Cam Dang Sarah Henry David R Ford And Madeline Pettet Burn, Thrive, […]
Rai’s mind is in a very different body.