April is AASL contest month!

This April, we’re partnering with the American Association of School Librarians to sponsor four exciting writing contests. Each week in April, we’ll announce a new contest prompt in a different genre of creative fiction. The contests will be judged by some of YA literature’s most compelling authors – Alyson Noel, Lauren Oliver, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Gayle Forman. Weekly winners will receive autographed books from that week’s judge, and one grand prize winner will receive a Kindle.

Figmenters: Get your keyboards ready! The first contest prompt will be posted on Monday, April 4th.

Teachers and librarians: We hope that you’ll encourage your students to participate and will forward this on to the school librarians in your life. Be sure to check out this page each Monday for that week’s contest prompt.

21 thoughts on “April is AASL contest month!

  1. Any chapter/word limit?
    When will it end?
    And is it separate stories or one whole story and each of the prompts is a chapter?

    Sorry for all the questions. 😀

    • Hey Kira-
      Each week will be a different contest with a different prompt. You should create separate stories for each contest you decide to enter. More specific rules about word count will be announced along with the prompt. There are four week-long contests being hosted. And no worries about the questions; that’s what I’m here for!
      -Emily

  2. God, I LOVE Alyson Noel, but I’m not really prepared to enter a contest yet. If she even read one of my books…well, I don’t know what I’d do… 🙂

  3. if you promoted your story before the announcement of the contest and it’s not yet finished can you enter it in the competition??

    • Hey Jeffrey-
      Entries must be posted to Figment after the start of the contest, otherwise they will not show up among the other entries. Additionally, the contests are going to have very specific prompts to inspire writing; it will be difficult to enter a pre-written story and we hope you take the opportunity to write something you might not have otherwise! Let me know if you have any other questions-
      Emily

      • well I’ve only written two very short chapters and the only one I posted before the beginning of the contest was the first. could I delete that first one since it’s not even necessary to the story and its mostly just a prolouge?

  4. Yeah… this sounds like my kind of contest.
    I’m ready to enter!
    I’m ready to compete!
    I’m ready to fail!

  5. But I thought that april was national poetry month… oh wait is that only in the USA? Well either way I get to teach little kids poetry all month… what’s better than that?!

  6. Cool! I have a questions about the grand prize winner.. how will that be decided? Is it the winners from each week are judged and the best entry wins or something? Anyways, I don’t know if I will enter, but this sounds cool.

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