Rachel Friedman’s Flash Fiction Contest

Rachel Friedman is the author of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, a memoir of her time abroad. As a perennial good girl, Rachel did everything expected of her: she got good grades, she never took risks, she drank eight glasses of water a day. But after her college graduation, Rachel felt the need to go off the deep end a bitβ€”so she bought a ticket to Ireland and took off. So begins the tale of Rachel’s journey abroad, where she discovers freedom, fun, and even herself.

In the mood for a little flash fiction in the spirit of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost? Rachel is going to be judging a weekend-long flash fiction contest, starting at midnight on Saturday, October 8 and ending at midnight on Monday, October 10. That means you have 48 hours to enter this contest. Rachel herself will judge all the entrants and the three winners she chooses will receive signed copies of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost.

Your task is to write 250 words or fewer of dialogue. Imagine that you’ve just landed, all alone, in a country you’ve never been to before. You walk into the nearest pub/restaurant to get yourself situated and strike up a conversation with a stranger. What do you talk about?

Want to enter?

1. Read the full contest rules here.
2. Create a new story on Figment to write your dialogue. Press “Publish Now.”
3. In the “details” tab, tag your story “GoodgirlsFF.”
4. Wait the two hours it sometimes takes for your story to appear below.


36 thoughts on “Rachel Friedman’s Flash Fiction Contest

  1. What format does the dialogue need to be in? Right now I’m not using dialogue tags (said, etc) – are we allowed to?

    • Hi Emma,

      There’s no specified format, so you can structure it as you like as long as it’s dialogue and as long as it addresses the prompt.

  2. Hey, is the tag case sensitive, because every time I try to type it out as it says above, it corrects it automatically so that all the letters are lowercase. πŸ™

    • Hey Cynthia,

      All the entries are showing up now! Also, the tags are not case sensitive, so it may be your browser spelling settings. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any questions. Best of luck!

  3. It says that the entries are supposed to be showing up “below”, but I can’t see any. Is that right or is my computer malfunctioning or something?

  4. So I know that it can only be dialogue . . . so can we have “he said” or “she said” at the end of each dialogue or is it literally only dialogue?

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