The Errand Contest

You thought you’d never see any of our beautiful faces on camera again, didn’t you my minifigs? But HERE WE ARE! See one of our lovely interns star in this high-budget, expertly directed, extremely artsy video prompt!!

Write a short story, no longer than 2000 words, that is inspired by the video above. The characters, details, and genre are up to you. Is this a sinister kidnapping or an innocuous party game? A secret mission, or a horrifying plot? Your story can be set before, during, or after the events in the clip. Be creative with it!

Instructions on how to enter:

-Create a new writing
-Tag it errandcontest
-Be sure to press β€œPublish Now”
-Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for entries to show up BELOW.

The deadline is Thursday, July 7 at 6pm EST. Entries will be accepted immediately. One entry per person. As always, no contest entry promotion of any kind is allowed on Figment. Then YOU decide the finalists by voting on your favorite entries; you can vote until Thursday, July 14th at 6pm EST. The top 10 hearted entries and 10 randomly selected entries will be our winners. The winners will be edited and reviewed by our shockingly intelligent and endlessly witty staff – WE KNOW.

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.

53 thoughts on “The Errand Contest

  1. I’m in suspense! I’d like to compliment whichever actress starred in the video for keeping a straight face and such evenly painted toe nails.

  2. Why does my last comment say: You comment is awaiting moderation. ?

    All I said was: “It’s Shannon! Hi Shannon!”

  3. Do we have to use the part where the girl buys the string and hammer, or can we make her go into another store and buy different things?

    • Hi Emily

      You don’t have to explicitly mention it in your story, but please try to stick as closely as possible to what was in the clip. Please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any questions.

  4. Oh, yes! The phone contest was my first and one of my favorite contests! So much excitement! Oh gosh, so many winners? Why? What will they get? πŸ™‚

    • Hi Tristan

      The top ten winners (most hearted) and 10 random entries will be reviewed at length by Figment staff πŸ˜€

  5. So if I publish the story now, but I wanna add more to it after I publish it would I be doing anything wrong? (I’m not completely finished but I want to make sure I get it in before the seventh)

    • Hi Aldolfa

      You can edit your entry until the deadline. Once the deadline has passed, we ask that Figmenters not edit any of the content.

    • Hi Fiona

      We ask that you stick as close to the general events in the video as possible, so please try to keep it as a boy in the chair. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  6. Wait, really? The person in the chair has to be a boy?
    I already wrote the story and made the person in the chair a girl…

  7. Your story can be set before, during, or after the events in the clip.
    Could it be set before and during? Like, you write about what happened before to get her there, and then you write during? Thanks!

  8. You said you want it to follow as closely to the video as possible then you said that the events could be after the clip but it has to mention something in the clip? I’m a little confused. You want it to follow but you want us to be creative and take our own spin on it. You want it to mention the clip but the story can be after the clip? I am so confused. You always give us creative liberty but these comments are confusing and seemingly inconsistent. I already wrote my story and I mentioned a hammer and some rope but never mentioned going out to a store to get them. Does that count?

    • Hi Corrie

      Sorry for the confusion! Ill go back and edit my comments so they’re more clear. The video is meant to serve as inspiration, and we want you to have creative license with it, but we also want you to include a couple of the basic things going on in it – boy, girl, rope, hammer. What you described your story as having sounds just fine. It definitely counts. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  9. You mentioned in a previous comment that the person in the chair had to be a boy, but I didn’t see said comment until after writing the story, and in my story, the person in the chair is a girl.
    Is that okay?
    Or do you recommend changing that?

    • Hi Loisa

      Sorry for the delayed response! We want you to have as much creative license over this as possible, but keeping certain things as they are in the video. If you’re able to, you can change it to the boy being in the chair. Please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  10. This is my first contest, so I’m hoping I’ll be one of the 20 people, but since its my first contest, I won’t hope too much. Good luck to the other contest entries! πŸ™‚

  11. I was just watching the video and all I got was music. πŸ™ I was wondering if someone could explain what happens in the video to me, I’m completely blind and want to enter the contest.

    • Hi Tina

      Have you tried viewing on YouTube instead of in the blog? Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiqr42v_swI

      The video opens with a young lady going into a hardware store to purchase rope and a hammer. She then returns to her home and goes into the basement. There, a boy is passed out in a chair. Your task is to write about what happens either before, during or after. Please feel free to email me at Maria@figment.com if you have any other questions, or if you still have trouble viewing the video.

  12. Maria, I have a question about contests.. Are you allowed to edit your contest entries after you published then before the contest deadline? I’m new to contests.

    • Hi Haley

      You can edit your contest entries until the actual deadline of the contest. Once that deadline has passed, we ask that no edits be made. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  13. Do we have to use to same characters? Can we change it up a bit and make it a different person who enters the hardware store and is in the basement or does it have to be that girl and that guy specifically?

    • Hi Katt

      We would like you to have as much creative license with the direction of your story, but try to stick to the basic events in the video. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  14. I’m working on my entry… had a good idea, but my brain is so fried I can’t write a word! Thank goodness I have time, still. ^.^”

  15. Does the story have to center around the clip? Like, can we mention it but have it not be the main focus of the story?

    • Hi Calamity

      Profanity is allowed as long as it’s not extremely offensive (bigoted, etc.) and as long as it doesn’t completely overtake the work. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  16. wxcuse me but i am new to this site all i have to do to enter is write the story, tag it and it automatically shows up in the contest? correct

  17. real quick when you say randomly chosen does that mean the ones you contest-givers like will be chosen or do you just close you eyes and pock you laptop screen?

    • Hi Colie

      As long as it doesn’t completely take over your work, and as along as there’s a clear plot, then goriness is allowed. If you’re still unsure, please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com and I’d be more than happy to help πŸ™‚

  18. This is truely an amazing contest. I’ve come upon some extremely well written stories. I’ve even made one of my best horror books. I just want to thank the makers of the contest, you’ve given me and a lot of other people a chance to show their imagination!

    • Hi Sarah

      We’ll need a few days to read through the entries and prepare our reviews, so we’ll have them up as soon as we can! Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

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