Mutually Assured Construction Award

This award about overcoming difference is due Sunday 5 November 2017



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The Middle Seat | Sachin Sharma

Writing Prompt

Conflict and property go hand in hand. Carving out a niche and protecting it, be it out of culture, fear, necessity or some combination of factors, is the ultimate act of instigating tension. Some might say we need better fences. But more honestly, maybe we need to be better neighbours.

Write a story about two sides overcoming difference to solve a problem they threatens either one, both or a third party. Consider the underlying tensions and conflicts that drive people and groups of people. Try to wow us with a resolution that hasn’t been thought of before.

You may wish to include:

  • A history of violence
  • Feuds, bad blood, jealousy and pettiness
  • Both sides could be right, but they’re also both probably wrong


You can use any genre as long as the central prompt is considered.

Word Count

475 words max. No minimum word count

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 5 November 2017


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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Mutually Assured Construction Award