NiTH Major Short Story Contest 2016 | What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

What we talk about when we talk about love

NiTH’s major competition for the Writing Contest in 2016 asks you to write a story about the meaning of love in 800 words or less. First prize is $1000


NiTH Major Short Story Contest 2016

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Award


β€œIt ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we’re talking about when we talk about love.”

-Raymond Carver

Short Story Contest Guidelines

In no more than 800 words write a short story that gives new meaning to our understanding of love.

Modern, timely stories might be the best way to approach the contest. But there’s also space for re-imagining old ideas, or celebrating what may have fallen out of fashion.

Most importantly, make sure your story is about love.

  • Due Date

    Final date for submissions is New Years Eve, 31 December 2015.
    Short list will be posted 1st Febuary 2016 with a Winner announced in early March.

  • Word Count

    No more than 800 of you best, most scintillating words

  • Prizes

    First place receives $1000 AUD or equivalent.
    2nd through 5th places will each receive a $200 Gift Voucher to spend on NiTH Writing Courses.

Special Requirements

There are no requirements on genre or style. We want to embrace every facet of story telling. Genres we will accept (but are not limited to):

  • Literary Fiction
  • Horror
  • Romance
  • Sci Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Speculative fiction
  • Fable
  • Fan Fiction
  • Picaresque
  • Fictional Review
  • Magical Realism
  • Any other genre your can dream up

Entry Fees and Conditions

We know that with only 800 words some of you will want to enter more than once. Here’s what we are offering:


  1. A Single Entry = $10 AUD
  2. Two or Three entries = $20 AUD

Entries must stand on their own as individual stories. Multiple entries can be set in the same world or style or use the same characters, but they shouldn’t require us to have read any other stories to understand the meaning or enjoy the read.

How Many Times Can I Enter?

Enter as many times as you like. Free entry for every third submission.

Entry Process

There is a two step process for entering. A story will only be considered when both steps are completed.

Step 1: Submitting the Story / Stories

Enter at our Submissions page. Make sure to follow the Entry Format below.

If you’ve ever submitted to NiTH before, you probably know the drill. If this is your first time, you’ll need to register first. The good news is, once you’re registered you can enter as many competitions as you like.

Entry Format

Include the title, author name and contest name like this:


by Author Name

For the NiTH Major Short Story Competition 2016 | What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Award

Step 2: Book It!

Use the Paypal button to process your payment. Make sure to enter your username in the text box when you progress to the Paypal page, so we can match the payment to the story.

Number of Entries

Don’t See What You Want In The Drop Down?

Drop us an email, and we’ll set up what you need.

What If I Enter Once, Then Want To Enter Again Later?

If you process a single entry, then decide to enter again, simply process another single entry. You will not need to select payment for every third entry as it’s free.

Note: We offer Bank Deposit to Australian Residents. Contact us at [email protected] for more info.

What Happens Next?

Once your payment is confirmed you should be sent to an ‘Application Successful’ Page. We confirm all entries manually, so expect an email within 48 hours confirming payment and submission.

That’s It!

Now you’ve successfully submitted your entry the waiting game begins. But it wouldn’t be NiTH if there wasn’t loads of other competitions to enter, so head over to the Short Story Contests page and check out what’s on offer.

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One thought on “NiTH Major Short Story Contest 2016 | What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

  1. Huge potential to get a wide variety of entry styles… Should be a good one!

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