Finalists for the Story in Verse Contest!

Congratulations, finalists! You’re being shipped off to Sherry Shahan, author of Purple Daze, to be judged!

Everyone who entered: you can now publish your stories in verse on Figment. Thanks so much for sending in your stories! It was very, very difficult for us to narrow down the semi-finalists, and we do hope that you put up your stories to get feedback and <3's. And our finalists, without further ado: V. Gregan, “Getting Away”
Kainaima, “My Street”
Rohan Pasricha, “Off the Beaten Path”

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Thanks, all!

Sherry Shahan’s Purple Daze depicts a vibrant and frenetic moment in 1965 through the perspectives of six different teenagers who are “breaking away from authority and social convention.”

What’s especially exciting about Purple Daze, however, is that it’s written entirely in verse, which subtly changes and modulates when voiced by different characters.

For this contest, draft a story of no more than 1,200 words in which the characters rebel against or defy social conventions. Your story should be written entirely in verse. Remember, what makes a story in verse different from a series of poems is continuity: establishing character and a cohesive narrative are still just as important as in a prose story. You want your reader to be engaged in your story, but you also want to devote a lot of thought to the language that you choose. Your story can be conveyed through either a series of poems or a single poem; there are no restrictions on line limits, stanza lengths, or rhyme.

For help or ideas, read Sherry Shahan’s Five Tips For Writing in Verse.


– Email your entry in the body of an e-mail to
– Follow Story in Verse on Figment

Entries are due by Sunday, April 3rd at 12AM EST. On Thursday, April 7th, we will have the finalists on the blog for a round of blind voting to determine the winner. The winner will receive a signed copy of Purple Daze as well as copies of three other novels in verse: Omeros by Derek Walcott, Crank by Ellen Hopkins, and Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse. The winner will also be interviewed for the blog and the newsletter. Best of luck to everyone, and happy writing!

1. One entry per person, please.
2. The promotion of your contest entry is not allowed on Figment. This includes self-promotion and the promotion of other users’ contest entries in the Figment forums, the comments and reviews of stories, and the Figment Facebook page. Independent promotion on sites unrelated to Figment, like personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, is fine.
3. Works must be submitted to the above email address between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest. Entries created before the start date or after the end date will not be included in the pages of contest entries and will be ineligible to win. This means a new story must be created for the contest; adapting an old story published before the start of the contest will make the entry ineligible to win.
4. The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.
5. The creation of multiple accounts to heart or otherwise vote for your contest entry on Figment is prohibited, and may result in the disqualification of that entry, the deletion of your Figment account, and/or the blocking of your IP address permanently from the site, at the moderator’s discretion.

20 thoughts on “Finalists for the Story in Verse Contest!

  1. This is such a cool prompt! Just the thing to get me out of my writer’s block! 😀
    Question: does the character have to rebel against/defy the social convention, or can they just be different from everyone else? Like, they don’t believe in something everyone else does.


  2. Number 3 says the works MUST be published on Figment, but isn’t the point of blind voting not posting it on Figment? Just wanted to know if that was a mistake or what it was 🙂

  3. @Annie – There’s something inherently rebellious about being different and not subscribing to others’ beliefs, so I think it’s ok. I’ll double check for you, though.

    @Kaitlin – Good eyes! I’ll be adjusting it shortly. Thanks so much for catching that!

  4. Hi,

    Can the theme be of physical abuse where the woman rebels against her husband? Something on those lines?


  5. Daaaang, I wish I was good with poetry, and I would enter this… But I can’t really write it unless it comes to me in a dream or something along the lines of that… I wrote a poem while thinking of my friend, not even realising I was thinking of him! lol! Weird…

  6. Um…I sent in my entry about 36 hours ago and I haven’t gotten a reply-confirmation-email- thingy (I use very technical terms as you can see) yet and I just wanted to make sure you received it.

    Thank you!

  7. I’m so excited! I’ve always adored Ellen Hopkins, and she was one of my inspirations to pick up writing in verse. I’m so glad there’s a contest now to let me show my style of writing and encourage others to try it too (: good luck to all!

  8. I also have not recieved my confirmation yet; I don’t mean to nag or anything, since I have until Sunday in case I need to resubmit but…

  9. I sent in my entry a few days ago but haven’t received any sort of confirmation… did you get it? If not, I’ll be sure to send it in before the deadline later today. Thanks!

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