The Kidnap Contest

Image by Keoni Cabral

Don’t talk to strangers.

Don’t get into the car of someone you don’t know.

Don’t tell the person on the phone your parents aren’t home.

We love Alexandra Adornetto‘s Hades, we love The Face on the Milk Carton—let’s face it, we just love a good kidnapping story. Your job is to write a story in which a kidnapping occurs. It can be lighthearted—two friends kidnapping a third for a whirlwind adventure in New York City. Or it can be tragic. It can be romantic, it can be horrific. It can be a little bit of both. Entries must be 1000 words or fewer.

How To Enter:

1) Read the full rules here.
2) Create your piece.
3) Send your entry in the body of an email to
4) Follow The Kidnap Contest on Figment.

All entries must be received by September 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST. All entries will be reviewed by the Figment staff, who will choose the semi-finalists. There will be polls to determine a finalist, followed by a final round of voting.

Prizes: There will be two (2) winners. The first place winner will receive DVDs of Drag Me to Hell and Angels in the Outfield. Second place will receive Charlie’s Angels.

Good luck, Fig folk!

39 thoughts on “The Kidnap Contest

      • Same here 🙂 Mainly I want the bragging rights, haha…I don’t think I’m even allowed to watch Drag Me to Hell. But I have a really good idea so I entered that.

        Thanks for the email in contest!!!

  1. So can it be like poetry that tells a story? I guess what I’m asking is can it be written in verse or just prose. Oh and if I win I want the second place prize. I already have the first place prizes. And I love Charlies Angles.

  2. I’m caught between a rock and a hard place, and here’s why…..
    I ahve the PERFECT entry for this contest but the thing I’d be entering is for a book i plan on publishing when i get it done. And i don’t want it to get stolen or anything lik that.
    However I’m sure I can do a great job in this contest, and I REALLY wanna enter.
    What should i do?

    • It’s just a contest. WInning this would just give you bragging rights + 2 dvds you can pick up at your local Walmart. Or something like that.

      Don’t enter it in this contest.

    • I’m also working on a book that has a kidnapping scene I really like…I think if you can write one good kidnapping scene you can definitely write another one. 🙂

    • Hey Harrison-
      The official rules are always the final law. [insert dramatic music here]. The post has been updated to reflect that. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

    • Hi Kennedy,

      We ask that new content is created for each contest and that previously published pieces not be used as submissions. You can use older ideas, scenarios and characters, though. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  3. Definitely gonna answer. Keep an eye out! I love these kind of random contests, especially when they’re judged by actual judges, and not hearts! Awesome!

  4. Hey, I was wondering, since we send it through email, does that mean you read the piece entirely, or do you just read parts of it? And do you get to read every piece that is emailed to you or is it first come first serve?

  5. “Entries must be 1000 words or fewer.” Always this dumbing down restriction that kills good writing for the convenience of judges. I will pass on this one.

  6. What if the story is incomplete at 1000 words? I wanted to include part of one of the kidnappers’ point of view, so it’s not much of the kidnapping, it’s more holding a girl hostage. And I even had to cut out WHY she was kidnapped to keep the rest of it. And can we put them on Figment afterwards?

    • Hi Erika,

      You’re allowed to submit incomplete stories – you don’t have to have closure at the end. But the entry must fall within the word limit. If you would like to continue it, you can publish it to your Figment account after the voting period is over and edit it any way you like. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  7. I’m growing very, very concerned. I keep checking my email and have received no comfirmation about my entry having been received. I’m afraid that the pieces to be voted on will be announced, and mine won’t be there simply because I don’t know that it was received at all. My email did say that it was successfully sent. If anyone can help? Or at least let me know if it’s too late for anything to even be done?

    • Hey Jamie,

      Sorry about that! Just sent you a confirmation email – all entries HAVE been received, we’ve just been a little backed up with sending the emails out. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  8. I really hope I’m not being a worry wart, but I haven’t gotten my confirmation email quite yet, and it’s been five days since I sent in my entry… Can someone please confirm that it has been recieved?

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