Hey Figs! This may be hard to believe because we seem so perfect, but there was a glitch with the original tag for this prompt. If you entered last week, please RE-TAG your story “dicamilloburdick.” And if you haven’t entered yet, we’re giving everyone ONE EXTRA DAY to write a story that includes the line Kate wrote for us. So tag your story “dicamilloburdick” by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 9. Four randomly chosen stories will be featured on the homepage on Thursday. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Ellen at email@example.com.
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 third prompt comes from author Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie. Four randomly chosen responses to this prompt will be featured as Handpicked Figs on the Figment homepage! Here’s the prompt:
In late autumn of that year, the ship arrived. My grandmother, holding a sign with a single word written on it, stood at the dock waiting.
Include that line somewhere in your story and tag it DiCamilloBurdick. Your story can be as long or as short as you’d like, just make sure to get your piece up and tagged before 11:59 p.m. EST on November 9.