2017 Science Fiction Award

This Patreon funded award about Science Fiction is due 11 June 2017.



Two of NiTH’s top authors go head to head in the 2017 Science Fiction Award.

Sunday | Nick Lachmund

Fever Loss | Lydia Trethewey


Writing Prompt

I simply regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world created therein has different rules than my regular human world.

Mindy Kaling

For this Patreon Sponsored award we’re asking for your best contemporary Sci Fi. That means modern variants on futuristic themes. If you are a lover of classic Sci Fi, don’t let that stop you, as modern twists on well worn tales are also welcome.

What does contemporary Sci Fi mean:

  • Futures that spin out from the 21st Century
  • Plausibility and chaos
  • A disrespect for futures past
  • Sci Fi that imbues meaning into the everyday.

Bring something that meets this criteria to the table, and you’re well on your way.


This story can be set in any time period but it must fit the criteria of contemporary Sci Fi.

Word Count

Up to 750 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Sunday 11 June 2017. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.


You must be a backer of our Patreon award prize pool to enter. Minimum $1


  • 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.
  • All shortlisted authors receive an equal share of our Patreon prize pool for that award.

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:

In the body text:

  • Title
  • Author name
  • Award name
  • Patreon name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

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2017 Science Fiction Award