In the grim concrete sprawl of the future, it’s up to one down on-his-luck-private dick to protect our lemonade stands.
A Future Hardboiled Detective Contest
The Lemonade Carbonade Award
Short List & Winner Announcement
Read the full short list and winner announcement here.
Setting your story in an alternative future, near future, or failed future, writing a piece of fiction with your take on the hard boiled detective genre. Does not have to be Cyberpunk, but it can be.
Short Story Contest Guidelines
All stories due 6 September 2015
No more than 800 of your most gritty, streetwise prose
First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team. All short listed authors receive feedback on their story.
Users tropes of the hardboiled detective genre. Feel free to invert those tropes as needed.
It can be set anywhere, but include your future vision of the ‘Lemonade Stand’ as part of the story.
- Use the titles of at least two well known Cyberpunk books in your story. Word play is acceptable ( Altered Carbon / ‘altered car bomb’) but not necessary. If you need help, try NiTH’s list of 5 Cyberpunk’s books to read before you disconnect
- Hard boiled detective fiction is a good chance to try your hand at the unreliable narrator. This article can help with that: Unreliable Narrator
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Write your own intro, no more than 150 characters. If you can’t do this leave it blank.
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Where do I Enter?
Enter at our Submissions page.