The Collateral Landscape Award

This award inspired by artist David Milne is due 15 July 2018



The Nameless | Emily Tan

The Burnt Muse | Harshita Lall

Societal Decay | Rebecca Hadland

The Dancing World | Sachin Sharma

Medals | Izzie Rose

Writing Prompt

Canadian painter and writer David Milne’s experimentation with line, colour and texture mark him as one of the great North American painters of his generation. Of particular significance, his time spent in France and Belgium as a war artist shows a fragility of subject as scenes of death and destruction flicker into existence against stark white.

In the spirit of Milne, you’re asked to write a story about blasted landscapes, sacrificial grounds and environments tortured by man or some other hand.


  • A muse in repose
  • A bright shadow
  • Colour in water


All genres are welcome and encouraged.

Word Count

750 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 15 July 2018


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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The Collateral Landscape Award