The Magical Contest!

You pick up an object. It’s glowing faintly. It’s made of some kind of stone – or maybe glass? The surface is cold to the touch. And when you listen hard enough, you can hear it whispering…what would happen if you whispered back?

Now it’s your turn: In 1500 words or fewer, write a short story in which a person finds a magical object with mysterious powers. What the object does, how it works, and what it looks like are all up to you.

In The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, Han finds a mysterious amulet that turns out to to have an evil – but very personal – history. (You’ll have to read the series to find out what it does…).


How to Enter:

1. Read the full contest rules
2. Write your entry
3. On the “Details” tab, in the “Tags” box, put: MagicalContest
4. Press “Publish Now”
5. In about 2 hours or so, your contest entry will appear BELOW.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, September 6 at 6pm EST. Then you get to decide the top stories by hearting your favorite entries before Friday, September 9 at 6pm EST. A panel of Figment moderators and editors will choose the 1st and 2nd out of the top ten hearted stories, and a 3rd place winner will be chosen out of EVERYONE who enters. 1st place will get a copy of every book in The Seven Realms series and a figment tote/stickers, 2nd place will receive a $20 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, and the random winner will receive a figment tote, stickers, and $10 to Barnes & Noble. Good luck, Figs!

61 thoughts on “The Magical Contest!

  1. I REALLY REALLY LIKE CHIMA. I read the Heir series a while ago, and just started reading the seven realms novels earlier this year, so I’m really excited to know that the next one is already out. I probably won’t enter the contest, really busy at school and stuff, but I’ll see.

    • Unfortunately, this contest is only open to residents of the USA. We’ll make sure to let everyone know if we expand the area of entry in future contests.
      Best, Emily

    • Sure! As long as the object is found within the course of the story you write, it can be by any character, not just the protagonist.

  2. I agree with Destiny on this one. Every time a hearting contest comes out I die a little. Die a little and enter. I only feel I stand a chance here because I found it so early.

  3. You can’t enter if you live in Canada? I was not aware of this, does this mean that all the other contests I have entered have not taken in my submissions???

    • Hi Dani – Actually, this is a very recent rule (within the last 2 weeks), because we’re trying to follow U.S. laws around contests (which actually have complicated legal rules in every country). The other contests you entered have all been accepted! And I’m sorry for the bad news.

  4. “Can you enter if you live in Canada”?

    Can you enter if you live in Europe, but just not receive the prize. I think there should be a scheme and I’ve a very good idea for one, but could you answer my question please, Can you enter if you live in Europe, but just not receive the prize?

    • Our rules state that you are not eligible for the contest if you don’t like in the U.S. So you would not be eligible to become a finalist in the contest, either. Hope that clarifies!

  5. Do we write off of the prompt at the beginning of the post? Or do we make it anything?

    BTW, I agree with Sherona, we REALLY need less hearting-contests. Just a thought: make ’em ALL blind voting!!!!!!!! It’s fairer anyway…

  6. Oh, dang, I was going to enter, but then I saw it was a hearting contest. Every time I enter one of those, I fail. Miserably. The only time I have even gotten close to the top ten was in the “Forgotten” contest and the results for that haven’t even come yet!!!!!! I’ve been meaning to ask, where are those? Was there a glitch or something? Did the author spastically die or something? I’d like to know…

  7. Can it be a horror story, or does it have to be a happy ending sort of scenario. I’m ending my story, and it could go either way right now…

  8. I have a question about the object.
    Can the “mysterious powers” of the object be that it actually is another person inside of an object…? (and, moreover, can that other person come out of the object and become a character?)

    • The magical powers of the object would then be that a person can get trapped inside the object, so this is totally fine! Better than fine. Awesome!

    • Hi Diarmuid,

      As the official rules explain, any ineligible entries will not be accepted in the contest, and will not be included in the list of finalists. If you’re inspired by the prompt for the contest, you’re more than welcome to create a piece about it and publish it on Figment, but can’t tag it as a contest entry. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  9. I have a story that I want two of the main characters to have a chIld together, but I don’t really want to avoid the scene. Can I get a Figment moderator to check it out, before I publish it, so it won’t get deleted?

    • Hi Diarumuid,

      Your entry won’t be eligible for this contest, but if you would like to publish something inspired by it, I’d be more than happy to take a look. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

  10. I’ve got a brilliant idea. How about you let Non-American people enter contests, but give them rewards on Figment. Just say someone from Europe won a contest, maybe put the prize as “Mention on the home page, and get a book on the Hand-Picked Figs? I think it would be a great idea, and I hope you like it too.

    • I agree with this, and to be honest, am kind of angry that non-US citizens can’t be entered. I don’t know what laws you’re suggesting but I’ve taken part in many contests that have had nothing to do with national boundaries that have been based in the US. Seriously, what laws are you breaking if you do this? The internet is boundlessness.

  11. I tried to post an entry but it wont show up on the entries page and it’s been two days… 🙁 I tagged it with magical contest and everything, did I do something wrong? 🙁

    • Hi Haley!

      It seems there was a space in the contest tag and that’s why it wasn’t showing up. Your entry is now in the official list, and you can see your entry by going here. (It’s on the top left).

      Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  12. Hmm. I think Figment should really do something about hearting contests. I mean, everyone deserves a chance, don’t they? I also don’t like random winners because then the people who have worked very very very hard don’t get recognition… I know I just contradicted myself but I think we can come up with something.

    I have an idea! Is it possible to remove the author’s name from the general public so that the voting people aren’t biased, then take the top ten hearted? That way the author’s popularity has nothing to do with the popularity of the story. Then take the winners and announce the author’s names after the voting period has ended?

    Comment if you agree with me.

    • I think that could work.

      Just say you publish a piece with a certain tag, you could make the books with that tag not show up on peoples pages, and keep the authors anonymous. And if the book is not tagged within 24 hours of publishing, it is ineligible for the contest, so no telling what your book is called would be allowed. It would have to be perfected over a period of time, but I think you could make it work.

  13. Could the object’s powers only seem magical? Like not actually be that way, but maybe hypnotizing, or seemingly evil, or something like that?

    As if it’s intentionally plotting against one, but psychologically instead of actual magic.

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