The Audition Retribution Award

This award about just vengeance is due Sunday 12 November 2017



A Moment | Maximillian Stella
The Imperfect Past | Sachin Sharma
Gunslinger | C.R. Gardner
Room 188 | Jason Hemens
The Test Tube Experiment | Shreya Parashar
The Beast | Darajabi Nnamani

Writing Prompt

The casting couch is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Create a story about a character getting retribution for a terrible act against them or someone they care about. The revenge should be ironic, fitting but not moralistic or soapboxy.

The story should include an audition, which can be where the revenge takes place, or the place where the terrible act occurs (or both).

Also include:

  • Genuine conflict and tension
  • An imbalance of power
  • Friendship from an unlikely source


You can use any genre as long as the central prompt is considered.

Word Count

575 words max. No minimum word count

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 12 November 2017


All authors are eligible for this award.


  • 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:

In the body text:

  • Title
  • Author name
  • Award name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

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Audition Retribution Award