The Bronxwood Contest

Life isn’t easy for Tyrell, the main character in Coe Booth’s Bronxwood (which you can read an excerpt of for a limited time here). Even though he’s just 16, he has to act much older to handle the fact that his brother is in foster care, his father has just been released from prison, and his mother can barely take care of herself. But charismatic Tyrell still manages to play basketball, DJ parties, and go on dates, like a normal teenager–even as life at home begins to fall apart.

Inspired by Tyrell’s persistence and resourcefulness, we’re giving you the Bronxwood Contest. In no more than 1,200 words, write a piece that includes the following words: diner, boom box 2 a.m., bullet, alley. The genre, style, and plot points are all up to you.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create your piece on Figment.
2. On the “Details” tab, in the “Tags” box, put: bronxwoodcontest.
3. Press “Publish Now.”
4. In about two hours or so, your contest entry will appear by clicking the link below.

The deadline for entries is Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Then you get to decide the finalists by voting for your favorites until Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The top five finalists will be judged by the ubertalented Coe Booth herself, who will choose the winners. The first place winner will receive a copy of Bronxwood and a $15 gift card to Amazon. The second place winner will receive a copy of Bronxwood, a $10 gift card to Amazon, and a third (random) winner will receive a copy of Bronxwood and a $10 gift card to Amazon.

Start writing, Figs. Time’s a-wasting!

Click here to see who won and to read the finalist entries!

19 thoughts on “The Bronxwood Contest

  1. I’m a tad confused- so if we post the entires to the Figgy public, won’t that ruin the point of anonymous voting? Or did I make a mistake and not understand? Thanks so, so much! Great idea, such great words.. ^_^

  2. Sounds awesome – I’ll try.

    Am I being blind/stupid/blonde, or are the second and random third place prizes the same thing? (Bronxwood and $10 Amazon giftcard.)

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