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.
HOW TO ENTER:
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.