The ‘To The Nines’ Award Part 4

We ramp things up for Part 4 of our serialised award due 17 July 2016.


Writing Prompt

Continuing from Part 3, keep your serial story going with the following prompts.

  1. A supposedly supernatural event, item, entity or totem
  2. An opportunity for the future
  3. A look back at a character’s past
  4. Build towards a climax

Keep coherency with your plot and forward momentum of your story. We’re almost halfway through and the prompts may become more demanding as we venture deeper into the contest.


Any and all genres

Word Count

Up to 900 words. That’s right, it’s an opportunity to ‘go long’

Due Date

Sunday 17 July 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.

Furthermore all writers who are shortlisted in at least 5 contests get a bonus 5000 words manuscript read as a prize, while writers who are shortlisted in all 9 receive 15000 word manuscript read, regardless of standing.

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:


Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

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