Dystopia Contest with Lauren Oliver!

April is AASL contest month! Each week in April, we’ll announce a new contest prompt in a different genre of creative fiction, and this week it’s dystopia.

Lauren Oliver is the bestselling author of Before I Fall and her recently released dystopian novel, Delirium, which takes place in a society in which love is a disease that everyone must be cured from.

Here’s your prompt: Write a short story or poem in less than 750 words in which two people meet and have a connection (romantic or not), in a society where human interaction is shunned.

How to enter:

-Create a new writing
-Tag it dystopiacontest
-Be sure to press “Publish Now”
-Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for entries to show up BELOW.

The deadline is Sunday, April 24 at 9PM EST. Then YOU decide the finalists by voting on your favorite entries; you can vote until Friday, April 29th at 6pm EST. The top hearted entries will become finalists. The winner will receive signed copies of Lauren Oliver’s books, get highlighted on our blog and newsletter and AASL’s blog and newsletter, and be entered (along with the winners of all four contests) to win a Kindle. Good luck, Figs!

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 published 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. It is the user’s responsibility to properly tag the story so that the story appears within the contest submissions. Untagged or improperly tagged stories will not be shown with the submissions and will not be eligible to win.
6. 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.

76 thoughts on “Dystopia Contest with Lauren Oliver!

  1. Awesome! I have been dying to get my hands on Delirium, but I’m out of book money and all the copies at the library are on hold. (I’m like number 150) Time to start thinking about an award winning short story….

  2. Does all human interaction have to be shunned? I was thinking along the lines of one community shunning any interaction with the outside world…

    • Hmm…I would probably stay as close as possible to the prompt, which says “human interaction is shunned,” and seems to imply that all human interaction is shunned.

  3. Hello!

    Just a few quick questions:

    1) Are we allowed to do something that’s somewhat futuristic? Not necessarily as advanced as robots but high-tech weapons/equipments?
    2) The format or our writing is basically free form right?
    3) Are we allowed to make up our own world or does it have to be exactly like, well, Earth?

    Thank you! :]

  4. Does it has to be HUMAN interaction forbidden? Can it be some other mythical creature interaction forbidden, or human and a mythical creature interaction forbidden?

  5. I was wondering if we can heart our own, because my pen tablet did something funky and i hearted it. If not how can i unheart it?

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  7. I absolutely loved delirium!i’m not going to describe it so i won’t spoil it for those who want to read it, but this is DEFINITLEY a book well worth reading. Also, i really like the dystopian idea. i’m getting sick of the hunky-dory stories

  8. Hi!!! I wanna ask you if is only english featured?? I mean if i can write in other language for this contest?? like spanish???

    • Unfortunately, we can only accept English at this time, because I’m not sure Lauren Oliver speaks Spanish and she’ll be judging. Sorry about that!

  9. When you say that human interaction is shunned, do you mean physical interaction is shunned or just any interaction in general? Thanks!

  10. Can it be interaction between certain kinds of humans, regular and genetically altered or otherwise irregular humans, or humans from different places? Or is it just all humans?

    Also, if it’s an idea you’ve had since before the contest but you haven’t done anything with the idea besides write down the concept, is it eligible? What about ideas born while you took a shower a day or two before the contest started?

    • To your first question: that’s tricky; it’s Lauren’s prompt, and she specifically said “human,” but if it’s just irregular humans that sounds fine, as long as it’s not a different species. Does that make sense? They can be irregularly human, but they must be human.

      Of course you can use an idea you had before the contest! We mean that you can’t have already written a complete story on Figment that you then enter in the contest. Hope this clarifies!

  11. Well, even though I feel extremely restricted with this word limit too, it’s really not as bad as it could’ve been– think about it, if there’s no human interaction for a good portion of the story, than it saves you a lot of dialogue…

  12. I didn’t finish reading the instructions and posted this in some forums for feedback. Thankfully, I was told before I could do any lasting damage, however if you would like to disqualify me, I would understand.

    • Hey Edward-
      Those are the only fonts supported by Figment’s cover editor, but if you upload your photo into picnik.com (free, easy), you can find a more generous font selection. Let me know if you have any other questions (esteele@figment.com)

    • Hey Spinner-
      Entries can take a few hours to show up on the contest page. As long as your story was created since the announcement of the contest and is tagged properly, you’re all set.

  13. Hey, guys. I can’t really think of anything for the story. Is there going to be another one next week? I need ideas, anyway.

    • Hi Rebecca

      No, you didn’t do anything wrong! It just means that all comments must be approved by a moderator before getting posted. We do this to keep the evil spam away.

  14. Thanks!
    I have another question. I posted my story (called, “The Lady in the Grind”), but it’s not showing up in the entries? I even tagged it as “dystopiacontest”, but it’s not recorded. It’s saved in my writing, and when you look it up, you can find it, but it’s not with the entries!
    Aaaaaaaahh! Help! I wanna be in the contest, too. 🙁

    • Hi Calamity

      It was tagged “dystopiancontest,”so it wasn’t coming up on the list. I’ve fixed it for you, though. It’s now showing up on page 16 of the entries. Best of luck!

  15. Hey! I have a question.
    So, can you make two stories for the contest? Because I just got a really great idea!

  16. I posted on some forums for people to read my writings, but I didn’t ask for specifically what I want them to read. But some of them still read my entry for the contest, is that okay?

    • Hi Emily

      As long as you didn’t refer to your entry in any way, you’re good. Referring to it would include: asking them to read your latest/most recent/newest work when your entry is the newest, or if a message box is the latest and the entry is next in line, asking them to read your only poem or short story when the entry is the only one, asking users to read our entry in comments/reviews on other books, etc. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com.

  17. Rrrgh!! My writing disappeared again! I’ll just assume it’s still in the contest. I hope so.

    Ps: Does this happen to anybody else, or is it just me?

    • Hi Calamity

      It didn’t disappear 🙂 It just moved to the bottom of page 15. As more entries are added, the entries shift around on the page. If you check back and don’t see it, check all the pages and you’ll find it on one of them. Feel free to email me a Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

    • Hi Kasey

      The Dystopia Contest ended this past Sunday at 9PM EST, and is now in voting. Check out the “Contests” page for the most current contest!

  18. I was wondering how a person knows if they were one of the finalists. Voting ended last night I thought and I was hoping their would be some kind of contact to everyone. I may be wrong but I was just wondering.
    Thank YOu

    • Hi Tia

      There will be an announcement on the homepage when the finalists are posted. You can also check the “Contests” page from time to time to see if there’s a new post about it.

    • Hi Tom

      The finalists for the contest will be announced in no time. The contest ended last Sunday, and this past week was for voting on those entries. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com.

  19. I was just wondering whether hearts or Lauren’s decision would be the deciding factor. Because there are so many pages, people often only look at what is on the first page, and, in consequence, heart only those.

    • Hi Sara

      The finalists will be chosen based on the highest number of hearts, and then Lauren will decide on the winner after reading those finalists.

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