The Graft Chunk Award

This award about the magic of gifting is due Sunday 4 January 2018



Two returning authors go head to head in this shortlist about altered carbon.

Dear Diary | Sachin Sharma

Auribus Teneo Lupum | Darajabi Nnamani


Writing Prompt

You are a cyborg. Part meat, part machine. As a reward for serving your masters well, they have offered you what you most desire, to repair some of the damage caused by ‘the incident’.
What will you choose to repair and why?
This story should be written in the first person. It can be set in any time period, but should adhere to the genre conventions of sci fi, cyberpunk and associated fiction (i.e. no magic).
Also include:

  • What was the incident that preceded becoming a cyborg?
  • Who are your masters, what do they want from you?
  • What are your desires, how will you get them?

Remember, there should still be a story, that means characterisation, plot, tension and all that good stuff.


The story should adhere to the genre conventions of sci fi, cyberpunk and associated fiction (i.e. no magic).

Word Count

750 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 4 January 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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One thought on “The Graft Chunk Award

  1. Hi,
    For the Graft Chunk award I think you mean that the due date is 04th Feb 2018?

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