Who am I? Who are YOU? The Forgotten Contest.

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There’s nothing that ratchets up tension quite like a character that can’t remember anything from his or her past. In honor of Mercy by Rebecca Lim (which you can begin reading on Figment), we’re hosting the Forgotten Contest!

Write a story that begins with a character waking up without any idea who he or she is. Entries should be 1000 words long or fewer.

How to enter:

-Read the full rules at the bottom of this post
-Create a new writing
-Tag it forgottencontest
-Be sure to press “Publish Now”
-Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for entries to show up BELOW.

The deadline is Sunday 5/22 at 9:00 PM EST. Then YOU decide the finalists by voting on your favorite entries; you can vote until Friday 5/27 at 6:00 PM EST. The top hearted entries will become finalists, and finalists will be judged by Rebecca Lim. The winner will receive a copy of Mercy, get highlighted on our blog, and a retro-robot alarm clock. Good luck, one and all! Full rules below:

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, the comments on users’ profiles, 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.

71 thoughts on “Who am I? Who are YOU? The Forgotten Contest.

  1. For my entry, the person wakes up at the beginning and doesn’t really know where she is but it isn’t until later that she realizes she has no idea at all who she is. Is that okay?

    My entry is weird. There is a fanged kid… and green silk… it’s special.

  2. I have a story that is already posted on here that I would like to take a part of and submit for this contest. I was wondering if this is allowed since it’s already on my account.

  3. Are you guys going to do the link for the robot alarm clock so we can see jsut how cool and retro it is?

  4. When i first saw the title i thought it meant the charater was forgotten, like no one remembered them. As though they never existed. Though thats probably because i just made a roleplay where this happens.
    I just felt like saying this. 😀

  5. Can the character who wakes up and doesn’t remember anything still know a FEW things? Such as part of their name, people from their past, their favorite color. Little things like that. Is that OK?

  6. omg! i did something like this for the serial contest! darn i wish i could reuse it! 🙁 sigh. can i reuse and re-write some of it and enter it, if i make a new piece?

    • Hi Rebecca

      We ask that Figmenters create a new piece of writing for this (and every contest), although you can use older ideas. Try to avoid using too much of your original, though. Try to make it as new as possible. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  7. Hi!
    In the above comment, it says that the character can’t remember ANYTHING about his or her self. But in the prompt, it says that they don’t know who they are. Can they remember some things in the past, but still not know who they are? I hope that makes sense, sorry! Thanks!

      • That was my question too. My story has her remember one thing, and other then that she tries to remember but can’t. She doesn’t know who she remembers though.

  8. Oh wow. A month or so ago I had an idea similar to this! It’s a small world…

    But the prologue along for that one would be over 1,000 words, so I’m probably not entering.

  9. Is it okay to write the story, and give it the tag, and only press save draft, like if you want to work on it later? I’m afraid i’ll post an unfinished work by accident!

    • Hi Avalon

      That’s fine but just make sure you publish your entry before the deadline, or it won’t be submitted.

  10. Just to clarify- the entry can not be longer than 1000 words, right? 🙁 It’s hard for me to write under 1000, but I can surely do it!

    • The character needs to have forgotten his or her identity. They can remember any other parts of their life, but they can’t remember who they are.

  11. Never mind. I altered the story. But it sounded like in the above comment that once you publish it, you can’t edit at all? Is that the way it works?

  12. Can the person have forgotten a large part of their identity, but still retain a little bit?
    My story has someone reverting to six months ago, but he was a different person then…

    • The prompt states that the character wakes up “without any idea who he/she is”, so you might run into trouble with a character only forgetting six months of identity. You should try to creatively interpret the prompt as written.

  13. i pressed the heart button for my story cuz i thought it would show me who ‘hearted’ it but i ended up hearting my story by accident! do i get disqualified?

  14. Wait, I totally just realized that the title of my story is the same as this contest/blog title (Who Am I? Who Are You?). I guess I did that sub-concsiously or something. Is that alright? Or should I change my title?

  15. Can the character later come to realize it? Like at first my character doesn’t know ANYTHING but puts the pieces together and figures it all out.

  16. In the description for the contest, it says ‘story’. Does this mean it has to be in a short story format, or can I write a poem that tells the story of a person who has forgotten their identity?

  17. Hi there,
    It says that the story should begin with the person waking up not knowing who they are – is it okay to set it a bit later, where they are trying to cope and integrate themselves back into their old life, and might remember back to that moment instead?

  18. Is it okay if we want to change our contest entries? I’ve already published mine but I seriously want to delete it and publish a new one to replace it.

  19. This is my first time entering a contest or writing anything on figment at all and I wrote up a story to enter in the forgotten contest and followed all the said directions and tagged it in forgottencontest and published it this morning and I’ve checked the list of enteries over many times and I can’t find it. Now its over the time that it was due in and im worried mine didn’t make it in somehow can you help?

    • Hi Kasey

      Your entry is on page 14 of the entries list. If you don’t see it there, then check a couple of pages before or after. It’s on the bottom row in the middle. Feel free to email me at Maria@figment.com if you have any questions. Best of luck!

    • You can start voting now. I’ll be posting the links for it on the right hand side of the “contests” page in a minute.

  20. Are you allowed to ask friends to create accounts in order to heart your story?
    It’s self-promoting, but it is not self-promoting on Figment.
    Is that alright?

    • Yes, you can ask your friends to create accounts and vote for your story. But please make sure these accounts and votes are not coming from the same computer/IP address, as entries with a larger number of hearts coming from the same IP will be disqualified. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions about this or anything else.

  21. My brother made an account on my computer, so it might come from the IP address…I honestly don’t know though. I don’t really know how it works.

    • If it’s just a couple of accounts, it’s totally okay. We’re only concerned if there’s a large number.

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