The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.
-Jessica Lange

Momma’s Got A Brand New Bag!

The Hope Springs Maternal Award

Writing Prompt

Write about a character who is unexpectedly called upon to be a mother. This character can be of any gender and life situation. Your story should look at how they cope with the pressures and responsibilities of looking after a child / children, regardless of who they belong to, as well as desires and goals outsiders the parenting.

The story does not need to be uplifting, and comedy and tragedy are both acceptable outcomes for this award.


This is an open award and there are no genre requirements.

Word Count

No more than 700 of your wisest words.

Due Date

All entries due by 18th October 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

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.