Enemy Contest

Cats and dogs. Robots and Aliens. Jedi and Sith. Vampires and Werewolves. Monkeys and snakes (look it up!). Some creatures seem predisposed, nay, destined to live their lives in fierce opposition to their counterparts. When they finally come face to face, will what began as a natural rivalry escalate into a fight to the death, or will they find some way to coexist when their very natures seem to prohibit it?

This week’s challenge, inspired by L.A Weatherly’s Angel Burn: create a story in which two natural enemies are thrown together. Entries must be no longer than 1200 words.

How to Enter:

1) Start something new
2) Write your entry, press “publish now”
3) On the “details” page, tag your story as enemycontest
4) Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for your entries to appear below.

All entries must be in by 6pm EST on June 22, 2011. Then YOU vote for the entries until 6pm EST on June 26, 2011. The top hearted entries will become finalists, and will be judged by L.A. Weatherly, who will choose the overall winner. A runner up will be chosen by a panel of Fig-judges.

And, for good measure, here’s the AWESOME winner’s prize package, offered by the magnificent Candlewick Press: 1 copy of Angel Burn, 1 Angel Burn Bag, 1 set of temporary Angel Burn tattoos, and 1 $50.00 iTunes gift card! Yes, yes, calm down, screaming crowd.

The runner up will receive a Figment tote, and a survival kit assembled by Figment staff. The contents are top-secret, but you’ll find clues in the Angel Burn excerpt, which you can read here.

If you are interested in being a judge, please send an email to info@figment.com and let us know! If you become a judge, you may not enter.

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 according to the instructions above 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 book must be created for the contest; adapting an old work 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.

 

 

 

 


110 thoughts on “Enemy Contest

    • Its not too late to post right? Its not the most hearted that gets viewed correct? ( not like mine will be Im just curious). Is there anyway to be notified when my entry is posted. Thanks!

      • Hi Ella

        The deadline for the contest is this Tuesday, June 22, 2011 at 6:00PM EST. The top ten most hearted entries will be sent to L.A. Weatherly for final judging, and a panel of Fig judges will choose a runner up from the top ten finalists, also.

      • Hi! Um someone posted my story in the “Found something good on figment” but it was my contest entry. I don’t think he was aware of the rules, and while I was happy and flattered I finally got on that forum I asked him to take it down. Will I be getting in trouble because he was promoting it even though I was not behind it. I honestly had no idea he was gonna do it.

        Thanks!

  1. If the panel will be reading the entries anonymously- then why are we publishing the entries? wouldn’t they see who wrote what?

    • In order to reach the final round, entries will need to acquire hearts. The winner and the runner-up will be chosen by the judges.

  2. Wait, so what do you mean by “thrown together?” Do you mean that they have to over come their hatred for eachother, they have to battle each other, they have to work together, or does the book just have to have the enemies hating each other in it?

  3. I find it naturally freaky that the day I start writing a story about enemies I find out about this contest…

  4. – What does it mean by “natural enemies?” Can they meet during the story? Or do they need to be enemies before they are “thrown together?”

    • Hi Holly

      Natural enemies implies that the nature of the two beings is incompatible by default. For example, mongooses and snakes – they are hardwired to be enemies. Your characters can meet during the story, but there should be an element of natural, pre-existing enmity between them. I hope this helps, and please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any questions.

  5. Wait-on the post it doesn’t have a voting period or anything so are the judges going to read them all? That would be cool but that would probably be too many entries…

  6. How do you come up with contest ideas? You often pick the prompt that best describes a figment book but what about when it’s not over a figment feature? Do the moderators just sit and talk about that, prizes, etc.
    And you always have a perfect response for questions so do you keep like a cheat sheet with this fancy not random (like me :P) sounding response?
    Cool contest.

  7. (Billionth comment from me)
    How do you come up with contest ideas? You often pick the prompt that best describes a figment book but what about when it’s not over a figment feature? Do the moderators just sit and talk about that, prizes, etc.
    And you always have a perfect response for questions so do you keep like a cheat sheet with this fancy not random (like me :P) sounding response?
    Cool contest.

    • Hi Rose

      Figment features always inspire us. If it’s not inspired by a feature, it just means that we spent countless hours brainstorming and drinking far too much coffee for own good.

      As for answers, no cheat sheet – we’re just that fabulous 🙂

      • Oh sorry. That was my sisters comment the first time. It wouldn’t post for her it said like a duplication post even though it was the first so she tried putting it under my name by copy/pasting. Yeah… Saem post, two people

  8. How would you define ‘natural enemies’? What if they are the same species, but are on different sides? Would that work?

    • Hi J.W.

      Natural enemies suggests that two beings, factions, etc. have a hatred for each other by default, simply by existing. They can be the same species but on different sides, yes. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any questions.

  9. What do you mean by natural enemies? Like is this something that has to be taken in more of a sci-fi, paranormal way or could it be something not related to that at all like (bad example) two middle school girls who hate each other?

    • Hi Rachel

      Edit: Natural enemies implies that the nature of the two beings is incompatible by default. Feel free to take in a paranormal/sci-fi direction, and even two school children hating each other. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  10. yay! new way to judge!!
    i must say that it was also my idea to have a panel of figment judges. i feel so proud 😀

    • Unfortunately, fan fiction is not accepted for contests because of copyright issues unless the work is in the public domain (Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre). So it could be the… um… Bennets and the Bingleys?

    • Hi A.

      The contest finalists will be chosen by the number of hearts they receive by 6PM EST on June 26, 2011. The overall winner will be chosen by L.A. Weatherly, author of Angel Burn, and a runner up will be chosen by the Fig-judges.

  11. Would a Romeo and Juliet type situation be alright where it’s the two people’s families that hate each other and it’s not the two’s fault?

  12. Can it be kind of like a remake of Romeo and Juliet? Where like, the families are enemies but like, the two main characters don’t really know it?

  13. Do they have to be Natural enemies? Or can you do like, I dunno, the Ocean vs. the Ocean on the other side of the world? Just curious…?

  14. And are the hearts just for that one day on the 26th only?
    (sorry, had a lot of coffee, been up for a while, (I mistook my space bar for the clicker thingy on the laptop) and I’m full of questions)

  15. I have a story dealing with a mother abusing her child, and the child thinks of her mom as an enemy so could that be used? Even though they are family? I’m just curious 🙂

    • Hi Molly

      They can eventually get along, or they can keep fighting. As long as you make clear they’re enemies, you can take in any direction you like. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any questions.

    • Hi Johanna

      The top 10 finalists will be judged by L.A. Weatherly, and a panel of Fig-judges will choose a runner up.

  16. If I have a story that wasn’t published on figment before the contest, can I still use that story for the contest? I’ve seen people do that before, and I was just curious if I could because it’d still be submitted according to the instructions above between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest? Thanks! 🙂

  17. Instead of keep fighting or getting along, can the story result in defeat of one enemy?
    (In my case, not death, just defeat.)

  18. Hello, there!

    My sister and I both have Figment accounts, but we both have our accounts under pen names, so you wouldn’t know that we are related. Would I be allowed to heart her contest entry if she also hearts it?

    • Hi Anonymous

      Yes, you can vote for each other’s entries, but please be careful about how many accounts are made under your IP. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  19. You mentioned that a cat and a dog are enemies, so what if I replaced the cat with a lion and the dog with a wolf. Do you think that would work?

  20. I did all the make stories and tagged and after two hours my story hasn’t appeared on the list yet. It’s called The Knights of Faith

  21. Hey, I was just wondering.

    I tagged my entry for this contest properly, and I’ve looked through the entry list a million times, but it isn’t up there! I want to clear this up, because I’m right confused. I know that the piece is tagged properly, that isn’t the problem.

    Can someone clear the air for me, please?

    • Hi Sam

      There will be ten finalists. The overall winner will be chosen by L.A. Weatherly, and a runner up will be chosen by a panel of Fig judges. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

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