Every Other Day Contest!

It’s Wednesday. You’re powerful. Unstoppable. Gifted with unbelievable fighting prowess and a mission to bring down the supernatural scum that haunts your town. You RUN this show.

It’s Thursday. You’re an average, slightly unfit, kid. You couldn’t win an arm-wrestling match against the school nerd Eunice, although to be fair, she’s got mad guns from punching the numbers on that pocket calculator she rocks.

In other words, you’re just like Kali, the heroine of Every Other Day, which you can start reading for a limited time here on Figment. Kali’s got amazing abilities and wields them with abandon, but every other day she becomes just an ordinary high school student, trying to get by. When Kali sees that one of her fellow students is marked for death, she knows she’s the only one who can help. The only problem is, her friend is scheduled to die on a day when Kali is without her powers . . .

Your challenge: In no more than 2,000 words, write a story about someone with a split personality. It can be as extreme as a mental illness, or as benign as a musical-loving football player named, say . . . Ack Zefron?

How To Enter:
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing. Your entry must be 2,000 words or fewer.
4. Tag that writing with everyotherday on the Details tab.
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.

You have until January 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST to post, publish, and tag your entry. Voting will run until January 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST, at which point the five most-hearted entries will be sent to Regina Griffin, Jen’s editor on Every Other Day, to choose the winners. That’s right, Figs: your story could be read by a real-life professional book editor. First place will receive a copy of Every Other Day and a $25 Amazon gift card. Second place receives a copy of Every Other Day and a $15 Amazon gift card. Third place gets a copy of Every Other Day.

So get cracking and good luck!

43 thoughts on “Every Other Day Contest!

  1. Two questions:

    1. Can the personalities be like Dissociative identity disorder?
    2. How dramatically different do the personalities have to be?

  2. “Something as extreme as mental illness”?

    By saying that, you are basically grouping all forms of mental illness into the same category and possibly insinuating that all mentally ill persons have “split personalities”. That is not something to encourage, because your wording (which is probably unintentional, I realize, but nonetheless overwhelmingly unthoughtful) is basically saying “having a split personality makes a person mentally ill”.

    I don’t think you understand just how serious the issue of mental health it and making such a drastic statement like that one without encouraging actual research of the illness (“split personality” – Disassociative Identity Disorder seems to be the closest “match” to what you’re referring to, which is most definitely NOT as simple as having a split personality, if even that) or even providing testimonies of persons with an actual illness or linking to organizations dedicated to educating about mental illness (more importantly, WHAT mental illness? You can’t make such a deep generalization) rather than continuing to make ignorant statements and inadvertently promoting stereotypes and negative stigma to persons with mental illnesses.

    It’s just not as simple as you are making it out to be, and I’m deeply disappointed to see that you’ve delved into stereotyping such a serious issue. I remember back in June you made the LGBT contest, which was something I and other users thought was pretty neat since it encouraged open-mindedness. I don’t see that same openness toward this issue.

  3. I wish someone would post a contest that was a NOVEL contest. I just finished one called ‘Wanderer’ and I really want to be able to get it noticed or enter a contest.

  4. How about a character with contradictory traits? For instance, a shy, quiet boy who becomes out-spoken during conflict? Would that be acceptable as well?

  5. I like this idea a lot. I think it will be very interesting to write and I have been up all night thinking of ideas!

  6. So could it be like a total nerd who loves to play the drums? like in a rock band? or does it have to be like one body but two different ‘people’? Does that make sense? Im not quite sure how to say that, but I think you might get my question.

  7. Can the character have more than two personalities because, in real life, those that suffer from multiple personality disorder can have tons of distinct personalities?

  8. It’s been 4 months since the contest finalists have been announced. Is there any idea when a winner will be declared?

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