The Kneel In The Grass, Bison Award

“[I]f an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson / ‘Death By Blackhole’

Kneel In The Grass, Bison Award

Writing Prompt

Using the above quote as inspiration, write a short story from the point of view of an animal experiencing first contact with an alien. Can they communicate? If so how… Why is the alien here? And how does our hero feel about it?


Animal Personification, Satire, Sci Fi, Paranormal.

Word Count

No more than 700 Unidentified Flying Words.

Due Date

10 Jan 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.

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.