The Less Than Noble Award

This award about ignoble societies is due 20 May 2018



Gossip Gals | Regina Campbell

The Practice | Abhilasha Sharma

Crumble | Darajabi Nnamani

Writing Prompt

What’s in a name?

The Nobel Prize takes its name from the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel. What does an industrialist have to do with literature? Not much. In fact, with recent news about a series of dodgy scandals involving the committee, it seems the prize is no longer about rewarding great stories, but becoming the story themselves.

And that’s where you come in, friendly writers.

Compose a story about a prestigious group, committee or society plagued by scandal. Expose how power and privilege plays a role in corruption, and deal with the pressures that influence human choices.

Also include:

  • A green item of clothing
  • Something left in storage
  • A rejection


All genres are welcome and encouraged.

Word Count

850 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 20 May 2018


All authors are eligible for this award.


  • 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:

In the body text:

  • Title
  • Author name
  • Award name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

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