The Harry Potter FanFiction Contest

Harry Potter is coming to an end. We at Figment have been sallow and shaky for days, just waiting for the inevitable. But then we thought, “No.”

No, it won’t end. We won’t allow it! We will take these characters and write new adventures. Different stories! Harry will fall in love with McGonagall or Draco will be Snape’s long lost love child and Ginny will be part grindylow and Neville will be part veela and Rita Skeeter will be trying to marry her childhood love, a dementor named Bobbins and anything is possible and the world is shiny and new!

This is fanfiction. And Harry Potter fanfiction is the undisputed champion of all fanfictions. And the undisputed champion of Harry Potter fanfiction sites is HarryPotterFanFiction.com. HarryPotterFanFiction.com has been around for ten years and the people who work there are experts.

We’re teaming up with the fine folk from HarryPotterFanFiction.com to bringyou the Harry Potter FanFiction Contest. So if you are a little lamb lost in the woods when it comes to fanfiction, check out HarryPotterFanFiction.com’s Best Of. We’d suggest you read everything posted on the site, but that would be over FIVE HUNDRED MILLION WORDS. Superfans? You are not alone. Not even kidding- they know Harry Potter fanfic like it is their JOBS. Cause it actually, actually is.

Write a story fewer than 2000 words that takes place in the Potterverse and utilizes Harry Potter characters. It can be a prequel or a sequel. It can be true to the books or wildly different.

How to enter:
1. Create a new Figment writing
2. Tag it HPfic
3. Press “Publish”
4. Wait the 2 or so hours for it to appear BELOW
1. One entry per person, please.

Entries are due midnight of July 22nd, 2011. Voting will be held until midnight of July 29th. On the 29th, the top ten most hearted entries will be read by Figment moderators and editors who will chose a winner and a 2nd place to receive a bag of Harry Potter goodies including things like a Hogwarts acceptance letter, chocolate frogs, Bertie Botts beans, and wands. We will also choose a runner-up, who will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon. All three will be featured along with the 1st and 2nd place entries on the Figment home page.


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 posted on Figment 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 Figment piece 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.

97 thoughts on “The Harry Potter FanFiction Contest

  1. I GUARANTEE, a million comments will appear below this thanking you for making this contest. Which is not to say I am also not giddy with joy.

  2. I was SOOOOOOOOOOO excited to see this contest until I saw that you have to get like, a million hearts to even be considered. Why can’t you guys do a great contest like this without making it a popularity contest???? I have a decent amount of followers, but there is absolutely no way I’ll have a chance against the “populars” of Figment! I mean, I love you guys to pieces, but this kind of contest should really be judged a different way. Sorry for sounding so mean and angry- needless to say I’m not in the best mood.

    • Hey IceTiger 🙂 –
      We like to alternate between contests hosted on site and contests judged anonymously because we feel like both have their own merits. We’re always open to new suggestions, though, so if you have any thoughts about how you’d like to see contests run in the future, let me know! esteele at figment.com
      -Emily

      • The popularity problem with contests seems to come up every time. There have been some great suggestions for example anonymity and random displays of entries. I think that maybe giving each person a limit on hearts would be helpful so they only heart their absolute favorites. Also having different ways to view the entries would be incredibly helpful since not too many people actually read through two hundred stories. Perhaps if their were different ways to organize them such as: newest entries first, alphabetical, grouping similarly themed, and yes even the most hearted first. I enjoy entering the contests all the same, but it turns out to be very difficult to show the excellent entries that were dumped in the middle of page 32 of the entries, even if its the most entertaining piece out there. Just my two cents, but I think using some of those methods would be helpful for the contest viewers and participants.

      • I completely agree with IceTiger. I think a fairer way to judge it, though it would take a while would be to do it backwards i.e, read all the entries, then give the top ten to the public to choose. Otherwise it would be all Heart-for-heart. Or just vote them all yourself, which is probably the fairest and most favourable thing to do. I am a ‘Newbie’ and certainly don’t have a lot of followers so please fix this. 🙂

        • I COMPLETELY agree. I don’t have that many followers, just 30 or 40, and even all of those won’t stop by my page to read a new thing without promotion. Contests end up being, not a thing where the BEST entry wins, but where the lucky entry wins. I think that appointed judges with lots of time on their hands should look at ALL of them and judge them based on writing style and merit, the interest factor, and originality. There’s practically nothing I’d like better than to win this contest (I’d probably fall into the superfan category), but I don’t know if I’ll even enter because of the heart thing, since, no matter how good my entry is, I’ll end up disappointed.

  3. OMG IM SO EXCITED TO SEE the entries for this contest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DDD best of luck to everyone

  4. Oh My Goodness! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR THIS! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG!

    Good Luck to everyone, and I simply can’t wait to see the entires 🙂

    • Potterverse is just the world of Harry Potter, The Potter Universe. A world where there are wizards and muggles and HP characters are real and HP places exist. Let me know if you have any other questions- esteele at figment.com
      -Emily

  5. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I want to enter even though I didn’t want to enter after the fable contest.
    But Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I have to enter because Harry Potter is my life and I need to do this. “You don’t understand…. I have to do this.”

    This is going to be amazing.

  6. Just a question: any fans of DG here? *cough* DracoGinny* for I shall post only then 😀
    …cause otherwise, my brain is empty ^^’

  7. I love contests, but they’re just aggrivating cause you think your story is good and nobody pays attention. But this one looks fun!!! Good luck, people!

  8. YESSSSSSS!!!!!!
    *is supper happy*

    A DEMENTOR NAMER BOBBINS!?!?!

    Figment, you are the best.:)
    ~~~Jess~~~

  9. D: no more harry potter…but this wasn’t nearly as sad as when I finished the 7th book…I spent over 3 days sulking in denial.

  10. Didn’t someone on the forums already do this contest?

    Besides that, just why? Are you figmods a bit too obsessed w/ HP?

  11. Awww. I have an amazing idea for this, but I don’t think it will be very popular. Is anyone really interested in Aberforth and Dobby?

  12. CANNOT WAIT… CANNOT WAIT… *clicks refresh a million bajillion times* WHERE ARE THE ENTRIES????

    Well, I need to write my own of course. *searches for inspiration* AHA!!! *runs upstairs to get all the books and reread them all before the end of the contest* JK. I’m not THAT stupid. But I will have to review a few parts.

  13. I’m sort of jumping up and down. Well, not because I’m entering (I’m not) but because I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THESE ENTRIES AND I’M TOTALLY PLANNING ON READING EACH AND EVERY ONE! So astound me, figgies!

  14. SOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! 😀 ☺
    Okay, can we take an original Harry Potter story and kind of mess it up? So like, for example, they still start trying to find out why all the people (and the cat) are getting petrified (in the 2nd one), but something happens and changes the course of the story?

  15. AAAAAWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSOOOOOOOMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t wait to start writing, Harry’s been in like every dream lately. <3

  16. Could it be a scene that is already featured in the books, but written differently? I have my own ideas for the ‘nineteen years later’ part of Deathly Hallows? If not, I have a Neville/Luna fic I can enter 😉

  17. I know you’re supposed to make a new book and the top hearted one at the moment has 59, Always by Summer Sellers, was written six months ago and just newly tagged. She should just go write a new piece.

    • Hi Rose

      Newly tagged books that were actually published months ago will not show up in the official entries list (the link to which is at the bottom of the specific blog post). If you search for that specific tag, anything with those keywords will come up, but previously published books will not be on the official list. You can view the entries list here.

  18. After reading IceTigers comment… and poking around to see how the site works… I can’t help agreeing. Especially with the people from HPFF who may not have heard of this site before now – they will hardly stand a chance and if they do it will only be the extremely popular people who have tons of followers from HPFF hearting them. Because, let’s face it, only the well-known people will get many reads, let alone hearts. I was going to enter, but, since I don’t have a following on either site, nor the want to over-promote myself in the few possible ways, I probably won’t. If this had a judging system that didn’t rely heavily on popularity and self-promotion, it would be a different story.

    • I understand. I entered this mainly because I wanted to get my idea out, and on the off chance that it could be liked enough, I won’t take that chance, but the only contest I’ve done really well in was anonymous.

  19. I feel the same. It’s good that you guys alternate, but only the early enter-ers and the popular-s will get reads and/or hearts. And then again, some people just read the description that says, “heart this!!!” and then heart them. That’s kind of unfair. Just saying. Y’know, for the future!

  20. I’ve entered the contest out of the fact that Harry Potter is one of my favourite books of all time. However, I’m a little disappointed that this isn’t going to be an anonymous voting system. I tried to stay away from contests like these, but for goodness sakes, it’s HARRY POTTER. I can’t stay away from this, however much I disagree with the way winners are picked.
    Just a little suggestion to you Fig mods, but could you guys erase the contestants’ names and group the entries together? It seems fairer, but if it’s too much trouble, it’s alright. =)

    • Hi Emerson

      Thanks for sharing your concerns with us. Unfortunately, there is currently no way of erasing user names and grouping the entries together. We know there are concerns about the hearting system, and are looking for ways to improve it. Please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you think something needs immediate attention, or if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  21. I hope i’m not stealing anyone’s idea! If I am, tell me so! I’m writing about Winky. Anyone?Anyone? Oh, good. Phew. A house-elf revolution is my cup of tea. Don’t copy it!!!

  22. Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou. Now after all those I bet I’ll forget to make one, *Sigh* like always

  23. Just a quick question. I transferred over here from HPFF for this contest. While the rules say that you can’t submit a figment story, does this also apply to stories from other sites (ie HPFF)?

    I have no issues with writing a whole new story. Just looking for a little clarification.

    Thanks 😀

  24. I have a great idea for my fanfic, so I hope nobody steals Lisa Turpin from the first book…she’s my main character! *crosses fingers*

  25. Wait so it can be ANY HP character (like draco or dumbledore) and it can be either from before harry potter or after?

    • Hey Raina-
      Exactly. Any Harry Potter character (or even a character we never met in the series), at any point before during or after the series. Let me know if you have any more questions- esteele at figment.com
      -Emily

        • Hi Tasnova

          I’ve tried looking for some information on this, but can’t seem to find a good answer. I suggest contacting someone who would be more familiar with Bangladesh’s policy on international contests. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  26. This really isn’t really a question about the contest itself, but I’ve been noticing that a lot of entries are putting things such as “PLEASE READ THIS” and “PLEASE HEART THIS” in the description of their entries. Isn’t that considered promotion of the contest entry?

    • Hi Taylour

      Thanks for taking the time to share your concerns with us. At the moment, having descriptions of that nature are not against the guidelines. Please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  27. Does it have to a prequel or a sequel? Can it be a character study?

    Lovely idea for a competition by the way, though this will only increase my nostalgia and mourning period. 🙂

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  29. this will be super fun, but i havnt a hope of winning! figment, thank you so much for making this contest, but WHY does it have to be a popularity contest? i understand that you like to change it up all the time, but for this contest?? realy?

    PLEASE figment, im sure i speak for a lot of us when i ask that another potter-related contest could be made, with a DIFFERENT WAY to pick the finalists. nobody will read mine because well, on figment i have 8 followers. i honestly think that only the people with big names will have a chance 🙁

    • Hi Sarina

      As long as your entry falls within the requirements for the contest, you can use a story already published on hpff.com. I hope this helps and please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  30. I’m going to a midnight showing tonight of the final movie when we get home my Dad is going to sign me up for a support group for Harry Potter fans upset about it “Coming to an end” but I know it’s not actually ending only the movies are. That being said I still will need that support group, there will be crying.

  31. I agree with Danielle as well. This contests should be about talent. Also, people are writing things like “PLEASE READ MY STORY” and “PLEASE HEART THIS, ALL HEARTS ARE RETURNED”. They’re PROMOTING their story, AND bribing to bet more hearts/likes. How is this fair at all?! I entered this contest and I’ve gotten about 4 hearts; I know that I’m not a horrible writer, but because I’m not bribing and advertising my story by putting “PLEASE HEAR THIS” and “PLEASE READ”, my work isn’t getting the attention it deserves. And this doesn’t go just for me; there are talented writers on here who aren’t getting noticed. It’s just not right.

  32. Would asking someone to read your story by posting it on a forum be considered promoting it? And can we use a picture from another site as the cover? Would that be considered plagiarism?

    • Hi Ann

      Asking anyone to read your contest entry would be considered contest promotion, yes. It also refers to leaving comments/reviews in books, and comments on walls. If you have more than one book on your profile, you can participate in swaps, but cannot refer to your entry in any way. And as long as the image used for your cover is creative commons, and the artist of that image is credited in the description of your story, you can use other images from other sites. I hope this helps and please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  33. Hi
    Totally loving this contest idea and there are some really good entries so far.
    However, I have noticed that many of the most hearted entries have something like “ALL HEARTS WILL BE RETURNED” in their descriptions. Surely this isn’t fair? It means that some of the winners might only be there because they said they would return hearts which, for a contest of this magnitude, is just utterly annoying. We want winners chosen for their talent – not their bargaining.
    What is figments policy on this kind of (slightly underhanded) tactic?

    • Hi Kate

      Our contest promotion guidelines currently focus on forum posts, posts on user walls, and comments/reviews on books that refer to a contest entry for a current contest. Having those sorts of comments in book descriptions are not against the guidelines at the moment, but we completely understand the concern about this. We try to make things as fair as we can, so please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you feel something needs immediate attention. Thanks!

  34. I agree with a bit of what’s said here. I think that it’s okay to have contests that are back and forth between anonymity and popularity. Obviously the people that are popular here are popular for a reason — they’re either really active on your Web site, amazing writers, or both.

    However, when you partner with an outside Web site to do a contest, that really needs to be taken into account. A lot of the people signing up are signing up solely to do the contest. They don’t have a following here, and they don’t stand a chance even though a lot of them are absolutely terrific writers.

    I’ve read through nearly all of the contest entries. There are absolutely brilliant pieces with no more than a handful of hearts, and stuff that I couldn’t even read through with a ton. A lot of the writers are immensely popular on HPFF, but they aren’t getting any votes here, because very few people are going to sign up for an account just to vote. It’s just a simple fact of the internet.

    I can understand the switching back and forth. I don’t have a problem with it. I think it works for contests that are done solely through Figment or done through a different sort of partnership with outsiders, but it definitely isn’t fair in this particular scenario. I don’t really think the decision to do things this way was made with all the new Figment members who came over from HPFF in mind.

    But thank you for hosting the contest. I’ve found a Web site that I now love, and I really have gotten to read some spectacular stuff by sifting through everything.

  35. Umm, I’ve posted up some more HP fanfiction, and somehow it’s ended up in the contest entrys as well, when I only wanted the first story I posted to be put in the selection. I’m not quite sure what I’m need to do about it, but as more than one of my stories are showing up under the selection, and I don’t want disqualified, I wanted to let you know.

    • Hi LilyFire

      All you have to do is change the tags for the books not meant to be in the contest. Since the tag for the contest is “hpfic”, try tagging the other books “hpfanfic” or something along those lines. I hope this helps, and please feel free to contact me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  36. It’s against the rules to tell someone to go read their entry via comment/review on Figment, right? So what do we do if we’ve had someone tell you to go check out their entry?

    • Hi Taylour

      Thanks for letting us know about this. I’ve removed the comment from your book and contacted the user. Please feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any similar comments on your works, or if you think something needs immediate attention. Thanks!

    • Hi Anya

      Because there are so many entries, we have to be strict about the word count. Please make sure that your entry is 2000 words or less.

  37. I entered this because it sounded fun. 🙂 but i wish we had to send our entries to figment moderators in the first place instead of only posting them, because i know i won’t win because not many people read my stories, and only people with a lot of followers win because people always look at their stories. 🙁

  38. I’ve been stalking the submissions page, and I noticed a few stories have the same amount of hearts. I was just wondering what you would do if, when it came time to pick the ‘top ten’ entries 10 and eleven both had, say, 50 hearts, what would happen? Would you only take 10 and not 11?

  39. WHY!?!?!?!?!?!?!? WHY DO THEY SEND ME THIS EMAIL IF THEY KNOW IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!????? WHY?!??!?!?!?!?!??!??!??!?!?!??!!?!?!/

  40. Let us, the crazy, obsessive Harry Potter fans go forth and write wild, wacky fanfics that match our obsessive, crazy personalities! <3

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