To Pant or Not To Pant Award

This one off content of paradoxes and pants is due on Sunday 8 Jan 2017



A Lost Generation | Lavinia Simson

Little Sacrifices | Hansmita

Vellichor | Ash Warren

This Isn’t About The Sock | Maya Spore

Flexible Work Arrangements | Sarah Nesbitt

Writing Prompt

Why is it that some cartoon characters wear pants and some don’t? Your goal for this quickfire award is to create a piece of flash fiction that looks at some kind of real life paradox and use it as the catalyst for conflict among your characters.

This is a very open ended award that gives you plenty of choice, but a short word count and strict genre requirements mean you’ll have to be economical with your story telling if you want to stand out.

You must also include a missing pair of pants.


Story must fall into the realm of Realism

Word Count

Up to 350 many words. No minimum.

Due Date

This award is due on Sunday 8 Jan 2017. There are 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