Congratulations to John C Steele, we’ve chosen him as the winner of The Missing Girl Contest! Awesome job, John.
The runner-up is Kelsey Coyne with A Thousand Miles Away.
Thanks to everyone who entered, and congrats to John, Kelsey, and all of our 10 finalists (below)!
Our finalists, in no particular order, were:
1. A Thousand Miles Away by Kelsey Coyne
2. The Polaroid by Magggie H.
3. Losing the Lost by Anna Browne
4. The Fourth Balloon by Becky Hill
5. Letter of Ebony by Mary Grace
6. Everything You Ever Wanted by John C Steele
7. The Girl who Disappeared by Brandon Berman
8. Letting Her Go by Sofia Braunstein
9. Rain Or Shine by Amara T
10. The Runaway by Rana Abuhilal
Darkened streets. Fog. A black Cadillac, hidden in an alley. A woman in a red dress. A shout – a gunshot – the sound of a car starting…
This week, we’re hosting a contest inspired by film noir (“cynical, malevolent characters in a sleezy setting and an ominious atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music”*). Although the genre had its hayday in the 50’s, it’s far from outmoded; modern writers continually evoke the genre in fresh and surprising ways (like Orion You Came And You Took All My Marbles by Kira Henehan, which you can read the first 18 chapters of on Figment).
We begin with a photograph. This is the last photograph taken of a girl who has gone missing. Who is she? What happened to her? Where did she go? These details that are left to you. Write 1000 words or less with this as your inspiration. Our one stipulation: the story must be written from the point of view of the person looking for this girl. It doesn’t have to be in noir style.
Instructions on how to enter:
-Create a new writing with your entry
-Tag it as “missingcontest” (one word)
-Be sure to press “Publish Now”
-Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for entries to show up BELOW.
The deadline is MONDAY, JANUARY 24th at 9PM EST. Entries will be accepted immediately. One entry per person. Then YOU decide the finalists by voting on your favorite entries; you can vote until THURSDAY, JANUARY 27th at 9PM EST. The top 10 hearted entries will become finalists. The winner will receive a copy of Henehan’s book, some Figment swag, and will be featured on our blog and newsletter. Good luck, Figmenters!
*Thanks for the definition, Mr. Merriam-Webster: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/film+noir