21C Mega Death Award

This one shot award is due Sunday 11th December.



Ripples | Samantha Lee

Scroll Down, Don’t Look Up | Ash Warren

Aura | Tarni McCosker

The Road Never Ends | Mhairi Campbell


Writing Prompt

Positioned as a memorial to death on an industrial scale, from Auschwitz to Hiroshima, Tatsuo Miyajima’s Mega Death is a singular art installation that haunts and mesmerises. Showing at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) as part of Miyajima’s Connect with Everything showcase, it is the theme for this week’s one-shot award.

Write a story about life and death on a massive scale. Take the current century for your baseline, and create a short work that sums up the world as we know if for these past two decades.


Anything except fantasy style genres and sub genres.

Word Count

Up to 600 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Sunday 11 December 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