Wendy Wunder’s The Probability of Miracles Contest

One of our favorite books from 2011? The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder. It’s about terminal cancer patient Cam Cooper who, at her mother’s insistence, takes a trip to Promise, Maine—a place where miracles are known to happen. Cam’s a bit of a cynic, but even she has to admit that there are some things that go on in Promise that aren’t exactly explainable. You can read the beginning of The Probability of Miracles on Figment here, and Wendy is eager to chat with users, so leave a message for her on her wall.

Wendy was kind enough to write us a contest prompt. It’s magically delicious!

Inspired by the magical realism in The Probability of Miracles, write a story in which something magical happens in an otherwise realistic world. (Bonus points for throwing in a plastic flamingo). Stories should be fewer than 1,200 words.

1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing, under 1,200 words.
4. Tag that writing with pom on the Details tab. If you’ve managed to toss a plastic flamingo into your story, also tag it pomflamingo.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

Get your entry up and tagged by December 27, 2011 at 11:59pm. Then you’ll vote on your favorite entries—the top five most-hearted entries will become finalists. Wendy herself will be choosing one winner from the finalists. Then, just for fun, we’ll pick a second, random winner from among the entries that included a plastic flamingo. Both winners will receive a copy of The Probability of Miracles.

Click here to read the finalist entries and click here to see who won!

41 thoughts on “Wendy Wunder’s The Probability of Miracles Contest

  1. hi:) i have a question. my story that i wrote is 1,245 will that be ok? or do i have to edit it to make it under 1,200

  2. I got so carried away and now the entry is up to 1983 words long!! Uh Oh, Is there any way I could still enter it, or will I have to delete all the work I put into it? 🙁

  3. Hey Rebecca if I sent my story to you could you review it and make sure it is okay? (being with in the idea of the contest)

  4. In the official rules it says the voting doesn’t start until December 28th, but it looks like people already voted. Will the votes before everyone has submitted count toward the competition?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Yes, the votes will count toward the competition. Users may vote throughout the “entry period” and the “voting period.”

  5. My story, “Love, Justine” isn’t showing up. I sent an email. to Rebecca, just wanted to let you know because it’s so close to the deadline.

  6. Aaaaaahhhhh! I just entered mine, and the page loads, but the story itself is just a blank white space! Not even a little book icon! It says you need an early access code! What? Help please!

  7. I entered my entry at 10:00 last night and it still has yet to appear under the listed entries. I would love some help with this! Thank you very much,


  8. The same thing seems to be happening to me. I entered and tagged about 10:00 last night, and it still has yet to appear under entries. Thanks,


  9. I know this isn’t the correct place to ask this but….When does the voting end for the Seventeen Magazine contest? Thanks!

  10. Hi, I finished my entry and posted it, but I was just wondering if I could edit my submission, even though we’re in the voting period. Thanks!

    • Hi Grace,

      Unfortunately, the entry period has ended, so no more entries may be submitted at this time. if you submitted your entry during the “entry period,” then yes, you may edit it.

      • Hi, Rebecca,
        Thanks! I think I understand now. Just to be sure though, I submitted it during the entry period but caught an error a few days ago. I can edit the error now, and my submission would still be in the contest?
        Thank you so much!

    • Hi Ariel,

      You can always find the voting period dates by looking at the contest rules. As stated in these contest rules, “The public voting will take place between on or about December 28, 2011 at 12:00:01 AM EST, and January 3, 2012 at 11:59PM EST.” Good luck!

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