One-day flash fiction contest


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In Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, Willow and Alex (who happen to be a half-angel and an angel killer) go an a long road trip across America (fleeing evil angels – it’s a long story). Inspired by their journeys, we’ve got a quick, don’t-blink-because-you’ll-miss-it flash fiction contest!

In 500 or fewer words, write a story or poem about or set during a road trip.


How to enter:

1. Create something new
2. Tag it “RoadTripFlash
3. Publish it
4. Wait the 2 or so hours for it to appear BELOW

You have only 24 hours from NOW, which means that you must have published and tagged your entries by NOON tomorrow! The fig mod staff will be picking our 5 favorites, which will then get put in a poll and voted on by other Figgies. The winner will receive an Angel Burn prize pack: an Angel Burn tote that comes filled with some Fall 2011 Candlewick Young Adult galleys/ARCs for summer reading! Good luck!

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.

68 thoughts on “One-day flash fiction contest

  1. Sounds fun! I probably won’t enter though.

    I have a question/comment on the poll though-the new kind makes my computer go all funky. I posted on one of the polls a day or two ago how whenever I load the contests page, my computer slows down and gives the message about a script running on this page. it went away when you took the new poll down so the new version of the poll does something to my computer.

      • Well, whenever I visited the contests page and it had the new poll on it, that was when it said that figment had a script running here and did I want to stop or continue the script. If I pressed continue then it was all fine until the next time I tried to access the contests page. It went away after voting ceased.

        • It may be your browser settings. Can you tell me what browser you’re using? I may be able to find some information to help.

          • Safari. When I use a different browser it works but I greatly prefer Safari. Maybe it was only a one time thing but I want to be sure…

          • Would you happen to have Javascript enabled? You can find it in Preferences. Turning it on/off might help some, but make sure to restart the browser after doing this. Let me know if this works.

    • Hey Frankie-
      Flash Fiction is generally a very short story written in one quick burst. Let me know if you have any other questions- esteele at

    • Nope, it’s just that the site needs to catalog and register them or do whatever it is that website databases do to make things happen.

    • Sometimes it takes a bit for the computer to “register” it. Let me know if it’s still not up in a couple hours!

  2. So you tag it ‘RoadTripFlash’ right? Just making sure. And does it ususally take two hours? Just wondering… :p

  3. This is so cool! I submitted my entry, but I’m worried my story sort of missed the theme. I wonder how many people will enter.. I hope not too many. I’ve never written flash fiction, and after trying it, I’ve decided it’s not really my style. But I’m always game for a contest!

  4. Is it OK if we go a little beyond the scene? Like, is it OK if we put in a little story along with it as long as it involves a road trip?

    • Hey Amie-
      Sure! As long as a road trip is involved, you’re golden! Let me know if you have any other questions= esteele at

    • Hey Roberta-
      Although entries do take a bit of time to appear, some entries have already been processed. You can view all of the entries here. Let me know if you have more questions- esteele at

  5. When you say “road trip” does that mean the story just needs to revolve around a person driving to a destination, or does it have to be a specific vacation?

    • Hey Jordan-
      Either! As long as a road trip is involved it doesn’t matter the reason behind the trip. It shouldn’t be, say, a daily commute though. Let me know if you have any more questions- esteele at

  6. hi! i just finished my story, but i have a question: is 512 words too many; should i try to shorten it down? thanks so much!

    • Hey Estha-
      Unfortunately we have to be strict about the word count. Try and edit it to under 500 words to be eligible to win. Let me know if you have any questions- esteele at

    • Nope! It should be a complete work in itself, but the road trip doesn’t need to begin and end within your story. Let me know if you have any other questions- esteele at

  7. In my story I had then do a road trip, but the story focuses more on flash back while they’re on the road trip. like the Guy’s driving, but he’s remembering old stuff. It switches back and forth, is that okay?

  8. So you guys are reading all of the entries and selecting your top five from that, right? Not just the top hearted ones or something?

    • Hi Karen

      Figment moderators will choose 5 entries to be voted on by poll. The winner from that poll will win the prize pack. Please feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  9. I have a question. Would it be acceptable if the person was taking a train trip or does it have to be in a car?

    • Hi The Button Man

      Road trips are essentially taken on roads with the possibility of spontaneous stops or detours, whereas a train has a set itinerary. Please try to stick to the more traditional idea of road trip as a journey on roads with a car, motorcycle of other vehicle. I hope this helps, but please feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

    • Hi Kristina

      When you click on “my writing,” on the left will be a list of your books. Underneath each one will be an “edit” button, and when you click on this you will be taken to the “details” section of your book. On the top right-hand side will be a “tags” box. In this box, you can enter as many tags as you like, separated by a comma, and make sure you enter the contest tag as it’s shown in the contest post. I hope this helps and please feel free to email me at if you have any questions. Best of luck!

  10. This was harder than I thought. In my mind I feel like if I don’t go up to the 500 words I’m not writing enough. I love road trips, but I decided to share my love for my husband. Enjoy reading it!

  11. Alright, so I love this idea, and I had fun writing, but I have a question.
    Do the amount of hearts you get have anything to do with it? Or is it chosen by ppl who will read all of them? How does it work?

  12. I really like that it’s not heart based. It makes me feel like I may actually have a shot at winning.

    Good luck everyone!

  13. Random, but I totally have the same Converse as the ones in the pic and every time I see it I get an urge to go put them on haha.

  14. Will you notify us (aka post on the blog) when the 5 entries are picked? If you could, that would be great, thanks.

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