The Death and Public Speaking Award

This award about the real fear of public speaking is due Sunday 5th August 2018.



Prisoner’s Dilemma | Sachin Sharma
War Crimes | Joey To
Banged to Rights | Katie Brice
Repurposing | Rebecca Hadland
Human Jokes | Sophie L Macdonald
Natus Nihilum | Darajabi Nnamani


Writing Prompt

Just want to say up front, we’re expecting at least one long term NiTHer in this award… You know who you are.

This award is all about fear of talking in front of an audience. It’s something many people struggle with, even though most of the time we do actually do a pretty good job.

But what if that fear was warranted. What if a failed public speaking attempt could lead to death? This is your assignment for the Death and Public Speaking Award.

Place your character(s) in a situation where the stakes are so high, failure to talk their way out of (or into) a situation could mean death.


  • A terrible betrayl
  • A brightly coloured robe
  • Repression of one of the 5 senses


All genres are welcome and encouraged.

Word Count

575 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 5 August 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

You can submit your story here

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