The After Obsession Contest

In After Obsession (which can you read for a limited time on Figment), Aimee and Alan have a lot on their plates. They each have secrets they can’t share with anyone, a sinking feeling they’re being haunted, and to top it all off, Alan’s cousin Courtney has been possessed by a demon. To save their friend, Aimee and Alan bravely team up to battle the demon head-on. But hellspawn warfare isn’t the only interesting thing about this book. Its authors joined forces, too: Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel wrote After Obsession together, each of them taking turns writing chapters. (Carrie wrote from Aimee’s perspective, Steven from Alan’s.)

Two main characters. Two perspectives. Two authors. One book. Yes, it can be done successfully. Just how challenging is it to write one story from two different viewpoints? Let’s find out, shall we?

Your Challenge: write a piece that is narrated from two different perspectives, and is at least two (2) chapters. The word count for this contest is 2,000 words.

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: obsessioncontest.
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 Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Then you get to decide the finalists by voting for your favorites until Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. The top 10 finalists will be judged by your beloved Figmods, who will choose the winners. The first place winner will receive a copy of After Obsession and a $25 gift card to Amazon or ThinkGeek. The second place winner will receive a copy of After Obsession, a $15 gift card to Amazon, and a third (random) winner will receive a copy of After Obsession and a $10 gift card to Amazon.

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

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

46 thoughts on “The After Obsession Contest

  1. good lord. im going to have to be entered in 4 contests at once, arent i? (seventeen mag contest, all these things contest, bronxwood contest, and this one…) The topics are all just too good to pass up!!!!! 😛

    • Same here, i know right!! Oddly enough, though I protest against hearting-based contests, I enter them more than the entry-by-email ones! p.s. I’m in all the same contests lol

  2. FIRST COMMENT! This sounds interesting. If I wasn’t so darn busy, I’d enter. Maybe I will, who knows. I really like these types of stories. Oh, and when do the zombie contest finalists appear??

    • Hi Natalie,

      No, each entry must written and submitted by one contestants only. The different perspectives should be those of your characters, and you can pretty much take those perspectives in any direction you like. I hope this helps and please feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  3. I’m writing something like that now, but I am hoping it will turn into a novel. Can I enter it even if it is not complete?

    • Hi Emma,

      We ask that contestants submit new pieces of writing for every contest entry, but you can certainly use older ideas and characters. Also, your entry does not have to be a completed story line – it can start and end anywhere you like, and can go in any direction you like as long as you address the prompt. Hope this helps and please email me at if you have any other questions.

    • Hi Raen,

      The official contest rules require that only one (1) person submit the contest entry. Whichever account the entry is published and attached to is the sole owner of the piece, and therefore the only legal winner. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  4. So, just to be clear, two chapters means that I can do one chapter from character A’s point of view and one from character B?

  5. My sister and I are actually doing this. I won’t post any of our story, just because it wouldn’t be fair to her–but besides the fact that we started out a bit awkwardly–ok, a LOT awkwardly–it’s going pretty well (when it goes).

  6. The description of the contest says that it should be from the perspective of two people, but…can it be from the perspective of more than two?

    • Hey Loisa,

      The prompt asks that contestants write from the perspective of 2 people, so please stick to that. You can definitely continue your story after the contest is over though! Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  7. I know it says ‘two perspectives’, but can you write more than 2, as long as it’s within the word limit? For now, I’m keeping it to two, but the story I’m writing has the potential for 3 perspectives, at least. If I could, I’d like to add the third person, but I’ll just edit it in after the contest ends if that’s not allowed.

    • Hi Chelsea,

      The prompt asks that contestants write from 2 perspectives, so please write from two. You can definitely continue your story once the contest is over, so don’t forget your idea! Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  8. Hi! Quick question. A friend and I have been wanting to write a story together – could we do this, or must it be only one person’s work? That’s understandable if it is – just checking!

    • Hey Katharine-
      We don’t recognize collaborations on contest entries. The user who posts the work for the contest is, officially and legally, the sole winner. His or her name will be the only one listed as the winner, he or she will be the only recipient of the prize.
      That said, if users collaborate on an entry, that isn’t against the rules either. We just can’t acknowledge the collaboration. That’s on you guys.
      Let me know if this answers your question- esteele at

  9. Does the story need to be written in first person? Could it be written in third person but distinctly from the point of view of each character?

    • Hey Brittany,

      Figmods are Figment moderators (Figment staff). We take care of all programming, contests, and community related content, as well as answer any and all questions you all might have. Please feel free to email me at if you have any other questions, and welcome to Figment!

  10. Hi… I emailed you but you haven’t responded, so I’m just gonna ask… Is the random winner out of the ten finalist or out of everyone who entered?

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