Announcing the Flip Contest!

Here’s a dream/nightmare scenario (depending on your perspective) that we’ve all surely wondered about at one point or another: what would happen if I woke up one morning in a body that wasn’t mine?

This is the topic that Alex must confront in FLIP by Martyn Bedford. (And despite the fact that he inhabits someone more popular and attractive than him, it still kind of sucks.)

For the Flip Contest, submit a 1,200 word story following just that premise. A character in your story must have migrated from one body to another; there are no restrictions on whose body they come to inhabit, human or otherwise. Whether or not they make it back to their own body is also up to you!

The top three finalists will receive copies of Flip by Martyn Bedford, and the winner will additionally receive an invisible bookshelf (you know, one of those trick bookshelves that makes it look like you have a stack of books floating on your wall). Voting on finalists will begin on the blog on Friday, April 22nd.

To submit:

1) Email your entry to by TUESDAY, April 19th at 12 AM EST.
2) Follow Flip Contest on Figment here.

Good luck, Figmentalites!

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.

49 thoughts on “Announcing the Flip Contest!

  1. Does the body that they get put into necessarily have to be someone else’s?
    In other words, could they get put into a different body without that body ever belonging to someone else? Is that legal?

    • Sure…? Generally we’re pretty lax about the prompt as long as you follow it in some way, and I have to admit I’m intrigued about what it means to be put into a previously-unoccupied body. o_O

      So, in short, yes!

  2. how should you enter your piece? by emailing it (writing it down in gmail, or hotmail…etc…) or do you have to tag it specially on figment???? and if so, wut would be the tags???

    • Hi Sophie

      This is a blind judging contest, so you would have to email your entry to You will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours. Please do not publish your entry on Figment. You can either attach it as a Word document, or include it in the body of the email.

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me at

      Best of luck!

  3. Does the person have to wake up in a different body or can it be like one second they’re themself and then the next they’re in a different body?

    • I meant that anytime in her free schedule (which seems to be between now and Sunday) she can enter. Yeah, that was kinda confusing.

  4. NO!!!! That stupid word count. I have the perfect story, written before this contest but It has more than that word count. Ah… my luck.

  5. i some more questions…
    1) can the persons be aware of the switch?
    2) can they control it/switch at will?
    3) during the story, can they switch to more than one person?

    • The answer to 1, 2: sure, yes, however you decide you’d like it done! The answer to 3: Technically, they’re supposed to be asleep and then wake up as a different person. So if you can work that in somehow…

    • It’s against the rules — you can post it, however, after the contest is over! We try to keep all entries anonymous so that everyone has a fair shot.

  6. Do they have to be in control of the body, or can they just wake up and be sharing quarters with someone else in the body?

  7. Different question. Say I have a character I use in stuff I’ve published here. If I use them in a story, would that disqualify me as it could affect the blind voting?

  8. i have yet another question….
    can the persons switching bodies be different genders? like a girl gets flipped into a boys and vice versa…?

  9. OK this was a good idea for a contest. AND the prize is awesome!!! Invisible book shelves look pretty dang cool; I want one! Hahaha and liek someone said above, even if i don’t win, I may still go buy one 😀

  10. Can the person that the “flip” occured to never realize it was real. In other words, can the person think it was a dream?

    • Hi Timmy

      Nope…it can be any living being you like, as long as there’s a switch. Don’t forget the deadline is tonight (Tuesday the 19th) at 12am EST. Best of luck!

  11. Few questions so that I don’t sit wondering for a week:
    1.Who will choose the finalists?
    2.How many finalists will there be?
    3.Will the finalists be notified before the voting?
    4.How long will the voting last?

    Thanks so much! <3

    • Hey Hannah-
      1. Semi-finalists are chosen by the Figment staff, and finalists are chosen by anonymous voting beginning on the blog Friday
      2. Until we’ve read all the entries (which we are in the process of doing), we won’t know exactly how many finalists there will be.
      3. No, they won’t. Because voting is anonymous, we post the stories under the profile Flip Contest without the authors’ names. Names will not be assigned to the stories until voting is over.
      4. Each round of semi-finalist voting will last a day.
      Let me know if this answered your questions! If you have any more, feel free to email me at

  12. So, if I understood correctly, semi-finalists are being eliminated privately while finalists will be anonymously posted on figment for the public to heart/vote?
    Will the posted stories have their titles?
    After the voting is over, are you allowed to publish your story?

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