After the long haul of the suspenseful marathon that was the Major Comp for 2016 the Trilogy Award Award offers us a chance to try something a little different. Three award over 5 weeks that interlink with each other, forcing authors to think not only about the story at hand, but what’s coming up in the future.

Let’s recap what we saw this week.

Taste of sour milk and smell of ammonia. Rai opens her eyes onto the cold metal of the modified transporter, reality slipping and adjusting at the edges. Beside her lays the sweaty sack of the dog-body, used, empty, tongue hanging grotesquely from its human face.

Black Ice Pt 1 | Lydia Trethewey

Perhaps the most confronting story on the short list this week, Lydia Trethewey takes us to a grim technological future where Mind Pirates hijack real consciousness from VR and place them into genetically engineered sex slaves. Yeah, we’re just getting started.

Breakfast; the most important meal of the day. A mantra promoted by the landlords of enterprise who have stolen a decent lunch from the tenants of modern life.

Birdsong, Breakfast and Bilousness

Sean Crawley has a habit of parting the veil on modern life. In B, B & B we’re asked to pay close attention to the deliberate malaise and gentle suffocation of our character as he moves through morning machinations, trapped in a life he doesn’t want but can’t leave, and leaving us with a yearning to move on to part 2.

One-by-one the astronauts awoke and they each feasted upon sights of their new home. Excitement fizzled in the air.
“What will we do first?” Ursula asked.
“We’re to stick to NASA schedules,” Nadia said sternly. “Build the temporary habitat, scope out the moon, and then send the probes to explore Jupiter.”
“But we’re gonna deviate a little, right?”

Mimic Pt 1 | Barry Quinn

Barry Quinn launches us into the extra-terrestrial in part one of what is shaping up to be a grande space opera (in less than 3000 words).

Not many kids from school know about Patrick’s home life. Most assume that he comes from a poor, violent family. But that’s not that case. His parents are still married and both have full time employment. They could perhaps be described as neglectful, but certainly not abusive.

Patrick : Year 10 At Kookaburra College, 199_

With Patrick, Nick Lachmund takes us into the mind of a disturbed schoolboy, but is it anger, fear or madness that drives him?

The taunt was all I needed. He really had an ego problem. Thankfully, I had just the device to whittle it down a little in size.
Just Another Wednesday | Alicia Bruzzone

Alicia Bruzzone jumps straight into the action with Just Another Wednesday. Revealing in urban fantasy tropes, Bruzzone conjures Buffy, Twilight and any number of genre classics with her trademark tongue in cheek style.

“Walk. Walk forward until I tell you to stop. We’re going on a little journey; only I’ve just had my seats refurbished and I’m not letting you ruin them.”
“Please, just let me explain. Please.”
“Start walking.”
Two Yards Below | Amy Short

Amy Short throws her hat into the ring with the superbly paced crime.thriller Two Yards Below. While we will have to wait until parts 2&3 to find out whodunnit and why…dunnit, the stage is set nicely for the coming weeks.

Winner Announcement

Five judges gathered to determine our winner this week, selected from the tank and file of previous NiTH contests and sworn by the sacred trium to secrecy until death. When the final vote was cast less than a point seperate first from third, and only four points seperate our entire field.

Our winner for the Trilogy Award Pt 1 Nick Lachmund for his story Patrick : Year 10 At Kookaburra College, 199_

Patrick is both a fascinating character study and a great opening salvo for a three part contest. It’s going to be really interesting come part 2 how things fare for all our writers.

And don’t forget, just because you haven’t entered part 1 doesn’t exclude you from part 2.

For now though, enjoy our latest short list for the All Night March Award.