In each case, their first interactions influenced the future of their romantic relationship and where it would all lead. For this contest, inspired by Truth & Dare, we challenge you to write a romance with a little twist.
In 1000 words or less, create a short story or poem that focuses on a romantic relationship and goes backwards chronologically. Just choose a point in your characters’ relationship that you feel is a good start for your story, and work your way back to the time your characters first met. For example, Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan, follows the story of a man in reverse order – the film shows the newest events first, and the older events last. Another example would be “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan, which begins with the end of the “story.” If read in reverse order, the correct timeline of events is clear.
Here’s a rough outline of what it should look like, using Romeo and Juliet as an example:
1. You start your story with the scene where they’re dead.
2. Then you write about Juliet drinking the potion.
3. You write about the fight that took place earlier between the two families.
4. You end your story when Romeo sees Juliet at a party and falls madly in love.
The romantic relationship can take any form you like – it doesn’t have to be traditional.
How to enter:
-Create a new writing
-Tag it as backwardscontest
-Be sure to press “Publish Now”
-Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for entries to show up BELOW.
The deadline is Sunday, May 15 at 12AM EST (Sunday going into Monday). Then YOU decide the finalists by voting on your favorite entries; you can vote until Friday, May 20th at 6pm EST. The top hearted entries will become finalists. The winner will receive a copy of Truth & Dare, an EPICAWESOME monster coin purse, a set of wildlife pencils made from recycled newspaper, and will be featured in our blog and newsletter. 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.
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