Flintlocks & Folly Award: Act 1

Act 1 in this 3 part fantasy award is due Sunday 28 August 2016.

Act 1

Writing Prompt

For this 3 part serial award we are looking for stories in the emerging genre of ‘Flintlock Fantasy’. Swords, sailing ships, spells. Trade, tarot decks, trouble and adventure. Here’s what’s required for Act 1.

  1. A switching of a trope
  2. Returning from a long journey
  3. Someone watching someone watching
  4. A clash of class, the breaking of glass
  5. A minimum of three separate scenes (you may wish to use ‘chapter headings’ to define this).


Genre is open but should touch on ‘Flintlock Fantasy’ at very minimum.

Word Count

Up to 1500 words (Yep you can go long on this one).

Due Date

Due Sunday 28 August 2016. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.


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:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here