The entry and voting deadlines for this contest have been updated. You now have several more days to submit a story that Nicholas Sparks could potentially read—so get writing! Here’s all the info you need.
It’s raining, but as he rows your little boat toward shore, you’re still smiling. You have to ask. You HAVE to ask. It could ruin the beautiful day you’ve spent together, but hasn’t the rain ruined it already? Don’t you owe it to yourself to get the truth, for once? Okay. Okay. You’re asking.
“Why didn’t you write me?”
Love stories require the same key ingredient as action stories or heroic journeys: conflict. But whereas you can always drop a rogue android or a magical curse into your sci-fi tale or fantasy epic, it’s not so easy when you’re writing a realistic drama about real people with real emotions.
“Internal conflict is just hard to write,” Nicholas Sparks recently told mediabistro.com. “There’s a big difference between reading a book where suddenly the bad guy appears outside the window holding a knife. Whereas mine deal with ‘will he love me?’ ‘Do I love him?’ ‘Is this the right decision?’ It is much more challenging to make a page-turning novel based on internal conflict.”
Nicholas Sparks, of course, has mastered the art of the internal conflict—and the page-turning love story. His new book, The Best of Me, is no exception. Amanda and Dawson, ex-high school sweethearts, are reunited after 25 years at the funeral of their mentor, Tuck. In the span of a single weekend, they must confront the past they thought they’d left behind.
In honor of Sparks’s new book, we present you with the following challenge: In no more than 1,500 words, write a love story. That’s a whole lot of creative wiggle room, so decide what that means to you. The five top-hearted finalists will be judged by—get ready—Nicholas Sparks, in conjunction with Grand Central Publishing.
Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, November 8 (at 11:59 p.m. EDT). Then you vote on your favorite entries; voting ends at Tuesday, November 15 (at 11:59 p.m. EDT).
How to enter:
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Make a Figment.com account
3. Create a new story on Figment
4. On the “Details” tab in the “Tags” box, put: SparksContest
5. In about two hours, your contest entry will appear with the rest by clicking the link below
The Grand Prize winner will receive a copy of The Best of Me signed by Nicholas Sparks (!!), a copy of The Notebook, also signed by Nicholas Sparks, and a Figment tote bag. The four other finalists will receive copies of The Best of Me. Good luck, Figs!