The Horror Contest

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Good things rarely lurk in the dark, let alone underground. There’s just something about basements and subterranean caves that makes us think the shadow in the corner has sharp teeth (The Descent, anyone?). Despite the possibility of a lifetime full of nightmare-riddled sleep, we still love reading and watching horror, and keep coming back for more.

Your task: In no more than 1700 words, write a terrifying, nightmare-inducing piece (poem, short story, etc.) that takes place underground.

How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules here
2. Create a new writing
3. Tag it undergroundcontest
4. Make sure to press “Publish Now”
5. Wait the hour or so for your entry to show up BELOW

The deadline for entries is August 26 at 6:00PM EST. Then YOU decide the finalists by voting on your favorite entries; you can vote until August 31 at 6:00PM EST. The 10 top hearted entries will become finalists, and the winners will be chosen by the Figmods. The first place winner will receive a Horror Classics movie pack, the second place winner will receive a copy of Poltergeist, and a third random winner will receive a Figment tote and stickers.

72 thoughts on “The Horror Contest

  1. Three things:
    1. Yes!!!! The horror movie thing includes the original Phantom of the Opera!!!!!
    2. Is fanfiction allowed, with proper credit and disclaimers, even though this is not specifically a fanfiction contest?
    3. Regardless of the answer to the question above, I will enter!

    • Hi Marie,

      1. YESSSS
      2. Unfortunately, no. Any entry would have to be your original creation, even if the fanfiction would include disclaimers. You can see the full rules here.
      3. DO IT

  2. This is a really odd question but:
    If you win, do you have to get the prizes? Or can you enter just for the fun, and even if you win not take the prizes?

  3. Oh how I love horror. To bad its not an email-in contest… i don’t really have time to self-promote right now so I have almost no chance of winning :T merp.

  4. YES!!! I love writing horror.
    Maria/Lindsay/Malone, etc. moderators, does a parallel/alternate universe count as underground? Also, I have a horror piece already on figment that I might use… but didn’t know if it counted.

    • Hi Kinsey,

      As long as it’s underground (meaning subterranean), it can be any universe you like. We also ask that contestants create new pieces for each contest, though you can use older ideas. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  5. Is it alright if our entry is five or six words over the word limit? I’m trying to trim mine down and I don’t think I can take anything else out D:

  6. I wouldn’t be able to write horror to save my life. Although I’ll think about taking a leap of faith in myself and entering…

    • Hi Pradyumna,

      The rules state that all contestants must be US residents. You can certainly write a story inspired by this contest, but if you would not be eligible if you did enter. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  7. So does the voting start now? Because I already see some entries hearted but the entering is not over yet.How does the voting work?

    • Hi Esther,

      Entries can be voted on as soon as they’re published. We also have an extra week of voting after the entry deadline. The voting deadline for this contest is August 31at 6PM EST. You can vote from now until then. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

      • Is it against the rules if someone sign up just to vote for you? Because someone did that for me. But it’s really not me that made that account. Will I become disqualified? :/

        • Hi Esther,

          Your friends and family can vote for you, it’s not a problem. Please make sure that they do not all do this from one computer. Any entry that has a large amount of hearts coming from the same IP address (your computer’s fingerprint) will be investigated and can lead to disqualification. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions about this. Best of luck!

  8. How do you know if your book was in hand-picked figs, or all the rage! I think (which goes with the notification button) that we should be notified when we’re in either of those, and when will Lindsay check back on the forum in Suggestions box?

    • Hi Diarmuid,

      Unfortunately, there is no notification system set up for this, but Handpicked Figs are sent an email by the mods to let them know they are on the homepage. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  9. Hey, is it alright if the WHOLE story isn’t ALL based underground. I mean of course some of it is, just not ALL of it?!?!?!?!

  10. i have taken myself out of the contest because i feel i’ve been in many lately, and iknow people who are very passionate on winning. so good luck to those 😀

  11. I couldn’t find my entry for ages, and it turned out I had tagged it with a type-o that the tag area prompted. I can’t seem to find them again, but there were at least six other entries on the page with mine. None of them were in the contest. Check your spelling! (And yes, I did just use an exclamation point. *Hangs head*.)

  12. When will Lindsay (or any other moderator) check the thread ‘Why isn’t there’ because you don’tknow if the mods have seen it yet or not?

  13. Can he heart our own entires with our account on here? Like the account that wrote it, not multiple accounts or anything. I wrote it, can I heart it?

    • Hi Sharrona,

      Yes, contestants are allowed to heart their own entries but only with their accounts. Any multiple accounts will result disqualification. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

      • Woot! I can heart my stuff. It was on nine hearts from other people last I checked…I was just sort of staring at it in despair wondering if hearting it would get me disqualified…

        Thanks for clearing it up!

    • Unfortunately, Figment’s contests are currently restricted to US citizens. We will make sure to inform the community should the situation change.

  14. Well, I did tag this in it, and it’s been over an hour, but my story still hasn’t shown up… guess I don’t have a chance to win, anyways.

  15. Hi :)It says the voting for the horror contest ends the 31st (yesterday), but right now it’s saying you can still vote?

  16. Hey, my story made it in the top 10. When is the list going to be posted because I’m worried that if someone goes ahead of me NOW that I’ll be kicked out when I rightfully earned the 9th/10th/11th spot. (We were all tied with 33 hearts on the 31st at 6:00 p.m).

    So when’s the list going to be posted, and is no matter what happens, does my piece still make it since it DID in fact make it when voting was scheduled to end?

    • Hi Cassidy,

      The finalist standings were recorded at exactly the moment the voting period ended, so even though hearting can continue, we base our announcement on the recorded information at the time. Continued hearting will not affect the actual finalist standings. The list will be posted soon, and we’ll make an announcement as soon as it’s up. Best of luck!

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