Gabrielle Zevin Contest

In Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done (which you can start reading for a limited time on Figment), chocolate and coffee are illegal. It’s the stuff of nightmares. Fortunately, all the caffeine freaks in New York can still find their fixes… if they know the right people. Meet Anya Balanchine, daughter of one of the biggest NYC crime families around. Legality has never been her strong suit.

In this contest, write about a place where something that’s commonplace today has been declared illegal. (Need inspiration? Close your eyes. Spin around, stop, and point. Open your eyes. Write about the thing you’re pointing at!) It can be as silly or as serious as you’d like it to be. Entries should be 1,200 words or fewer.

How to Enter:
1. Read the full contest rules.
2. Write your entry.
3. On the “Details” tab, in the “Tags” box, put: AllTheseThings.
4. Press “Publish Now.”
5. In about two hours or so, your story will appear among the contest entries, which you can read by clicking the link below.

You have until October 3 at 11:59 PM to enter. Voting will run until October 7th, at which time the ten most-hearted entries will become finalists. The ten finalists will be sent to Gabrielle Zevin who will choose the winners!  The first-place winner will receive a copy of All These Things I’ve Done, Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee, and a Figment tote bag. Second place will receive Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee and a Figment tote bag. Sounds good? Write your entry now!

Click here to see the finalists!

14 thoughts on “Gabrielle Zevin Contest

  1. I wanna enter this, cus I’ve got the perfect idea…but I’m gonna take one contest step at a time. It WAS going to be about where gum wasn’t allowed and this girl was a gum-addict, and she tries to find alternitive things to chew on. Nails, Tree-Sap, Steak-Fat, you know stuff like that. Good luck to everyone though!

  2. hmm, I don’t think I’ll enter this contest, but suppose I were exceptionally lazy… and wanted to write a story for both this contest and the seventeen contest, would it be alright (if it fit all the other contest criteria of course) to tag it for both contests? Isn’t that a win for everyone? (since I’m more likely to put less than 2 story’s worth effort of effort in, but more than one story’s worth. Which gives everyone a higher quality product.)

    • Hey Zaphadora,

      Only one contest piece can be submitted per contest, so you would have to create separate pieces. Anything else would be against the guidelines and rules. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  3. I tried to publish my work but it hasn’t come up yet. WHen it appears, if ever, does it still count? Or is it disqualified since it’s late?
    Just wondering, because I really wanted to enter the contest. :O

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