The Historical Factions Award: Part 1

All entries due March 26



1332 BC | Mhairi Campbell

Widow’s Weeds | ReLynn Vaughn

The Glass Key | Liam Pender

Writing Prompt

In this three part award authors get the opportunity to reinvestigate our understanding of history. Choosing an historical event big or small, tell the tale of an average person caught up in change, turmoil, discovery or upheaval, pitted against competing ideas, groups, factions or states.

For this award we are looking for voices that challenge our established view while remaining sensitive to the impacts that world events have on communities around the globe. For part 1 you will also need to include.

    • A lost relative or close family friend.
    • A set of speciality tools for a particular profession.
    • A letter or correspondence that arrives in a peculiar fashion.


Any style that pertains to the period you chose to write about. Try to remain modern in your approach. Historical flourishes are encouraged.

Word Count

Up to 950 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Entries are due Sunday March 26thh. 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

Entry Criteria

You’ll need to meet all the writing prompt criteria to be eligible for the shortlist. You’ll also need to be a Patreon sponsor for this award. ($1 is fine). If you can’t access Patreon in your area, please contact us to discuss.

Entry Format

Make sure to follow these few requirements. If you have trouble entering, please let me know.

You Must Include In The Body Of Your Story


Author name

Award Name

An earlier version of this award indicated you needed to be a Patreon sponsor to enter. This is no longer true, this is not a Patreon award. 

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

Cover Image?


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.

You can submit your story here

Historical Factions Award