The Lucky Numbers Award

This standalone award is due 13 November 2016


The Short List

Hexagram 64 | Ash Warren

The Rhythm | Mhairi Campbell

Glitch | Sophie L Macdonald

Two in the Morning | Lavinia Simson

Foreign Beaches | John Falconer

10 Seconds | Lavinia Simson

Writing Prompt

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a standalone award. Enjoy it. This one shot contest is all about lucky numbers, golden ratios, numerology, maths and stats.

Write a short story of flash fiction where the central problem or tension involves a revelation about numbers.

You are free to include as many characters as you like, as many scenes, as many time periods, but there should be some sort of internal logic or pattern to the number of things, places and people in the story.

Show your work, perhaps in a postscript (that doesn’t count towards the word count) about the number game you played in this story.


Any and all genres welcome.

Word Count

Up to 700 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Sunday 13 November 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