Jeff Hirsch is author of The Eleventh Plague, a new dystopian novel that Suzanne Collins called an “excellent, taut debut.” (You can start reading it for a limited time on Figment.) Today, he’s here to present a writing contest, just for you Figs!
Stephen Quinn, the main character in The Eleventh Plague, was born years after a massive world war wiped away nearly everything we think of as civilization. No government. No school. No electricity. He’s never seen a TV show or movie. He’s never slept in a bed. He spends his days traveling through what’s left of the United States with his dad and grandfather, scavenging everything they need to live one day to the next.
Like characters in many dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels, everything Stephen believes, everything he wants, everything he is, was influenced by the world he lives in.
Since setting is so important in dystopian fiction, try using this contest as a way to experiment with how settings can inspire you and how they can influence characters, conflicts, and relationships.
In no more than 1,200 words write a story comprised of three scenes, using these three settings in any order:
– A crowded train station in a major city.
– An abandoned church.
– The Mojave Desert at noon on the hottest day of the year.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full contest rules.
2. Write your entry.
3. On the “Details” tab, in the “Tags” box, put: 3settingscontest.
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.
The deadline for entries is Monday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Then you vote for the finalists until Friday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. I’ll be choosing the winner out of the top five (5) hearted finalists! The winner will receive a copy of The Eleventh Plague, a Figment tote bag, and a $35 gift card to Amazon.
Can’t wait to read your entries!