I would like to die on Mars.
Just not on impact.
– Elon Musk

The Get Your Ass To Mars Award

Short List & Winners Announcement

Read the full short list and winners announcement here.

Writing Prompt

It’s been a rough week. Boss on your back, clients calling day and night. You need a vacation, somewhere far away.

…Like really far away

Create a list of the 7 things you just have to take on your next trip to Mars. Include why you need to pack said items, and try to create a story through the list.


Given the subject material there is an element of Science Fiction. How much of it, though, is up to you.

Word Count

300 of your most interstellar weekender words.

Due Date

6 November 2015. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Friday somewhere then you can enter.

This award shortlist will run from will run from the 7th – 9th of November with the winner announcement on the 10th (Tuesday)


First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.

All entries received feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format

Please read carefully!

Include 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.

Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

How do I submit?

You can submit your story here