Writing Prompt from Lois Lowry!

Harris Burdick became a legend when he left 14 eerie illustrations with a publisher and then promptly disappeared. More than 25 years later, the Burdick enigma has been complicated by the publication of a new work: a collaboration between the still-missing Burdick and 14 writers. (Read some of the entrancing results for a limited time here.)

Depending on which version of the story you believe, each of these 14 writers was part of a secret chain, aiding and hiding a fugitive illustrator and receiving a story apiece for their efforts. That, or they all wrote stories that got put in a book together. (It’s the first one).

We put three of these authors—Lois Lowry, Linda Sue Park, and Kate DiCamillo—under a bare bulb and threw the phonebook at them, interrogating them about their relationship to Harris Burdick. They didn’t say much, but what they said was pretty mysterious. We later realized they were uttering writing prompts, but not until we’d already released them . . .

Our first prompt comes from Lois Lowry, author of The Giver. Four randomly chosen responses to this prompt will be featured as Handpicked Figs on the Figment homepage! Here’s the prompt:

If she hadn’t boarded the bus, it would never have happened. Of course, by the time Megan realized that, it was much too late.

Include that line somewhere in your story and tag it LowryHidingBurdick. Your story can be as long or as short as you’d like, just make sure to get your piece up and tagged before 12:01 a.m. ET on October 28th.

19 thoughts on “Writing Prompt from Lois Lowry!

  1. Can you changed the she to”I” and Megan to “I” .

    “If she hadn’t boarded the bus, it would never have happened. Of course, by the time Megan realized that, it was much too late.”

    • Hey Amber,

      The system only recognizes pieces that are created within the start and end dates of the contest (the dates are specified in the post). Anything published before or after those dates will not be recognized as a contest entry even if they are tagged. Feel free to email me at Maria@Figment.com if you have any other questions.

  2. I don’t understand. Some entries don’t use the quote above anywhere, but it says we are required to. So, do we include it in the short story or not :(?

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