The Crater Mountain Award

And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

The Crater Mountain Award

Short List & Winners Announcement

See the full short list and winners announcement here.

Writing Prompt

Write a piece of flash fiction about something that, when turned upside down, becomes something else. You may wish to make this a story about altered perception, different points of view, a miscommunication, or just a good old fashioned glitch in the matrix. It’s up to you!


All genres considered

Word Count

No more than 850 of you most inverted prose.

Due Date

29 November 2015. 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.

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.

2 thoughts on “The Crater Mountain Award

  1. What is “sophistication literature”? I tried to google this, but did not really find an answer.

    1. Sophistication Literature anything written by Amber Fernie 🙂

      It should have read ‘Speculative Literature’. I’ve removed it as a requirement to be fair to those who already entered.

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