To The Nines Award: Part 1

Sharpen your pencils! Part 1 of a nine part award due 22 May.

To The Nines Award: Part 1

Writing Prompt

This is the first part of a nine part award to be run throughout the year. You can join in at any point, as long as you meet the requirements. For this first part you’ll need to write a piece of flash fiction that

  1. Incorporate the number nine somehow, some way.
  2. Resolves an existing conflict that either arises during the story or existed before the story started
  3. Introduce a new tension that remains unresolved
  4. Have one character tell an origin story about themselves or another character.


All genres are accepted, just keep in mind that is is a serialised fiction Award.

Word Count

Up to 750 words please.

Due Date

22 May 2016. 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.
Furthermore all writers who are shortlisted in at least 5 contests get a bonus 5000 words manuscript read as a prize, while writers who are shortlisted in all 9 receive 15000 word manuscript read, regardless of standing.

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

How do I submit?

You can submit your story here.

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