The Black Tooth of Destiny Award

This short story contest about the destiny of dentists is due Sunday 27 August 2017.



The Pain | Robert Madden
Shark Teeth | Shreya Parashar
Call the Doc | Iain D Chalmers
A Gentle Touch | Sophie L Macdonald
Tooth : Hurty | Zsak Long

Writing Prompt

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear white gowns and like to have conversations when your mouth’s full. We all hate visits to the dentist, but what if they were more of an adventure, and less a chore?

For this award, you’ll be writing an adventure tale that takes place wholly in a dentist’s office. You’ll need to include”

  • A curious solution to a common problem.
  • An unlikely hero or villain (or both).
  • A costly mix up.
  • Sympathy for the devil.

Remember: This award is about dentists and adventures. Good luck!


All genres are welcome, provided the dental element is met.

Word Count

750 words max. No minimum word count

Due Date

This story is due 27 August 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 back link 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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