Announcing the LGBTQ Contest!

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This past week New Yorkers really had a reason to celebrate. With the legalization of gay marriage and the Gay Pride Parade, there was plenty of happiness to go around. And since it’s the last day of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we thought we’d make the celebration last just a little longer. In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we excitedly announce the LGBTQ Contest!

Your challenge: Create a work that focuses on a character or characters who face LGBTQ issues in their lives. You can write a short story, poem, play, or anything that strikes your fancy. Your work can be in any genre. The word limit for this contest is 1800 words.

How to Enter:

1) Read the Contest Rules as stated on the bottom of this post.
2) Create your masterpiece.
3) Email your entry in the body of an email to
4) Follow the official LGBTQ Contest profile on Figment.

Entries must be received by July 10th, 2011 11:59PM EST. Moderators and editors will be selecting the top semi-finalists, followed by a round of voting (by you!) to determine a winner.

And now for prizes: The first place winner will receive a copy of Patrick Ryan’s Gemini Bites, a copy of David Levithan and John Green’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson, a Figment tote, and will be featured on our blog and newsletter. A second place winner and a third (random) winner will receive a red Moleskin notebook. The random winner will be chosen by Figmods from all the entries.

Contest Rules

1) One entry per person, please.
2) To preserve the blind voting process please refrain posting your entries on Figment until the contest ends.
3) Works must be submitted to the above email address between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest.
4) The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.

88 thoughts on “Announcing the LGBTQ Contest!

    • Hi Maekir

      You can create any kind of relationship you want, as long as it follows the guidelines (i.e. no excessive profanity, pornographic content, etc.). Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

  1. May I enter something in this contest that I entered in a different contest a while ago? I didn’t win, so would it be okay if I entered it? Thanks!

    • Hi Jordan

      The first place winner will not be receiving a notebook as it will be receiving two books, a tote, and will be featured on the blog and newsletter. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  2. I love Figment, but I’m somewhat disappointed that this topic is for a contest. I’m not trying to bash gays and lesbians, I’m just saying that I don’t feel this is an appropriate contest topic. I would enjoy contests directed to people from all viewpoints, not just those supporting LGBTs.

    • Hi Victoria

      As with all contests, we offer prompts and ideas that come from a variety of sources, topics and viewpoints. As we continue to grow, we will further expand what we offer for contests, both for prizes and subjects. We encourage users of all backgrounds and viewpoints to participate in our contests, and appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with us. Please feel free to email me at if you have any further questions or concerns, and feel free to email if you would like to make a contest suggestion. Thanks!

    • The only reason this contest was made is because of what happened in New York. It is a moment in history, and for many it was celebratory, so what makes it inappropriate? And plus, it never said in the prompt that the character had to be supporting of LGBTQ. It just said they have to face issues about LGBTQ. So I am confused of how this is inappropriate?

  3. If I could tell you the joy that I am experiencing in my heart right now about this contest, I don’t think you’d believe me. As a gay teen, this means so much. (I say this as I open a new document!) Thank you!

  4. This is a great contest I and I guarantee I will enter. I think this is a really good topic idea it the prompt gives me a lot to work with.

  5. Wait, a question. I have a lot of ideas and one that came to mind was having an animal be lesbian or gay and a human disapproving. Would that count as an LGBTQ issue?

  6. Oh gosh…if my parents knew this was on here they would take my account off the site…oh well let’s just make sure they don’t read my updates while this contest is going on 🙂

  7. Thank you, Figment. As evidenced by some of the comments above, it shows that we really NEED contests like this; it can potentially enlighten others.
    It’s devastating to me to read the comments who say that this is inappropriate. There aren’t any words to express how disappointed I am, just that it makes me so, so sad that people still think this way.
    But anyways, thank you so much for acknowledging such an important moment in history.
    /gets off soapbox/

    • I was looking for a “like” button for this comment. Instead, I’ll just say thank you.

      There are contests for people of all viewpoints/backgrounds for the other 11 months of the year.

      • I can not agree more. It’s sad that people would say they can’t compete because it isn’t their viewpoint etc.
        It’s important and people should need to deal with the fact that being LGBTQ isn’t bad. I don’t know why someone would be ashamed or annoyed that this was here. I told my parents and my sister and they were all like ‘awesome!’

    • Hi Fish

      Q=Questioning or Queer. It really depends on how the person would like to interpret it 🙂 I hope this helps!

      • Okay, thanks!

        And do we have to include each letter in our piece for this contest? Or can we mention them in passing, but focus on one?

        • Hi Fish

          You don’t have to mention the letters in your story, and can focus on only one aspect of it, but try to stick as closely to the prompt as possible. I hope this helps and please feel free to email me at if you have any questions. Best of luck!

  8. Is it all right if I enter a piece about an asexual character who faces issues dealing with their sexual orientation?

  9. This is such a challenge… many directions to take it, I can’t decide! Thank you Figment, I can feel the poetry brewin’ in my noggin!

  10. YES. I’m so happy you’ve made this contest, even if I won’t enter I’m glad it’s been done.
    How I wish I could slap Travis in the face with this.
    Anyway, I’ll enjoy reading entries but I won’t participate, I’ve got no time on my hands…
    I’m very “proud” of figment for having done this.

  11. Can I write a screenplay? I kind of missed the Screenplay contest and this seems like a great time to do it. 😀

  12. I have a poem that is on figment. Could I write a new story and base the idea and ending of it on that?

  13. Thank you so much for doing this! I’m really glad you are too, because I was going to write something in celebration anyway, and this gives even more of a reason to do so 🙂

  14. I just want to say, I’m loving the new format of the contests you guys are doing. It’s making this system A LOT more fair =D Definitely entering this contest

    • This format is now about half and half of what they do for contests-half top hearted, half this, so it isn’t brand new 🙂

  15. I just sent my email. How will we know if you got it?
    I feel sad that some kids feel their parents would not approve. There are lots of things we can disagree on, but treating others with respect is not one of them. (this also includes the much maligned overweight person) Stand up and be proud!

  16. So… I’m entering the contest and just finished my story. Does there need to be a cover? If so how do I do that?

  17. Does this have to be in a modern setting? Say, can we do a medieval setting, possibly on the magical end of things? Obviously the story will still feature an LGBTQ theme.

    • Hi Vidhya

      We don’t have Fig judges for this contest, but we’ll have them for another contest soon.

      And sorry you didn’t get picked 🙁 The judges were chosen at random. They were picked out of a hat.

      Well, a bowl really. But yea. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

    • Hi Locablue

      As long as you address the prompt, and follow general guidelines, your work can take any direction. I hope this helps and feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  18. This is kind of funny since I was already working on a story about a gay couple (first time ever). XD Maybe I should use the story and enter it for this contest. Thanks for the contest prompt. ^_^ I’m sure lots of people like this.

  19. Oh…my….god. I’m so happy this contest is up! I agree with so many people on here. I’m so proud of Figment for doing this! As a gay teen I can so relate to this, XD.
    But I have one question….how do you define pornographic? I’m serious to, I mean does ‘His pants portruded outwards, obvious to all that glanced his way what he was feeling.’ count? Or do you mean something more descriptive? Like “his P@n@s was hot and coated in c*m’ more pornographic? As this is a question if one of (or both) my examples count do I get in trouble?

    • Hi Lee

      Descriptions of love scenes are acceptable, but it cannot make up the bulk of your entry. There should be a clear plot and character development, and that love scene (or scenes) should not completely overtake your work. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

    • Hi Lee

      Because we sometimes have trouble opening attachments, we ask that entries be sent in the body of the email. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  20. Thanks Maria! And as another ‘PS’ you can ignore my first question, I already finished my work.

    • Hi Jordan

      There is no limit to the number of lines, but there is a word limit of 1800 words. I hope this helps and please feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  21. Just a question: what sort of language is allowed? I know lots of inappropriate language is used around LGBTQ, but is it okay if we use those words (to be realistic) and use a star/asterisk in place of the vowels?

    • Hi Jordan

      Users can use profanity in their works as long as it’s contextual and as long as it doesn’t completely overtake the work. You can use the asterisks also, if you like. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  22. Hi, I already sent my entry to the email stated above. Will I get a reply telling me you have received my entry? If I will, when will I get it? Or should I send another email out to make sure? I made sure the email is correct and I titled my email the name of the work and my name. Did I do something wrong? Thanks.

  23. Hi, I sent my submission a few days ago, and I’ve still not received any confirmation. (I had to send it several times due to the formatting problems that we discussed)

    I was just curious as to when I would be getting one, or if I need to resend my story.


    • Hi Bre

      I just sent you a second confirmation email. It seems the first one didn’t go through for some reason. Sorry for the inconvenience and best of luck!


  24. Just one question, I know the deadline is the 10th… but is there any kind of time frame on how long it will take until we know who will make the cut for votes after that?…..

    • Hi Jane

      Confirmation emails should be sent out shortly. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please also check your spam folder. Thanks and best of luck!

  25. Hi Figment, I sent my entry about 24 hours ago and still haven’t received a confirmation email… I’m worried because the deadline is very soon so I won’t have a chance to resend if you don’t have it!

    • Hi Samantha

      I just checked the entries list, and your entry is there. You should be receiving a confirmation email soon. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

    • Hi Charlotte

      As long as you use the email associated with your account, and as long as it’s an email you check, we’ll have no problem getting in touch with you. Please feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

    • Hi Violet

      You don’t have to add your username if you’re using the email address associated with the account. If you’re using a different email from your Figgy account, then yes, please add your username. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

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