The Historical Factions Award Part 2

All entries for part 2 of this serial award are due April 23rd.



Mhairi Campbell took a break this week, but Jon Sellars steps in on debut.

La Comete | Jon Sellars

The Glass Key Part 2 | Liam Pender

Theft and Flight | ReLynn Vaughn


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.

In part 1 you challenges our established view of a historical moment. Now you need to invert our understanding again, and challenge your own narrative choices. Make us unsure who to trust. You might do this through an unreliable narrator, misdirection, conflicting versions of events or some other technique.

    • A piece of advice that goes unheeded.
    • A lost heirloom or artefact.
    • Astrange smell.



Any style that pertains to the period you chose to write about.

Word Count

Up to 750 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Entries are due Sunday April 23rd. 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.

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

(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