Marissa Meyer’s new novel Cinder–which you can start reading for a limited time here on Figment–integrates two seemingly at-odds literary genres: classic fairy tale and futuristic cyberpunk. Cinder is a part-human-part-cyborg (with a tiny, long-since-outgrown cybernetic foot) who runs a mechanical repair shop and lives under the oppressive thumb of her stepmother. When Peony, her loving stepsister, catches the incurable plague that is decimating the human population, Cinder is sold away as a plague research test subject–which is essentially a death sentence. Once she makes it to the labs, hidden truths slowly come to light. Who is Cinder–and what does she have to do with the future of her planet?
Inspired by this (AH-mazing) mash-up of genres, we want you to write a story (in 2,000 words or fewer) that integrates elements of two or more seemingly unrelated genres. It could be a high-school YA drama set on a space station. It could be a story of magical realism in a contemporary urban setting. Need inspiration for your mash-up? Pick one genre from column A, one from column B, and get cracking! Note: These categories are completely optional! Feel free to make-up your own.
- Science Fiction
- Black Comedy
- Magical Realism
- Issue Fiction
- Fairy Tale
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 cindercontest 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 17, 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your submission. Voting will run until January 24, 11:59 p.m. ET, at which point the 10 most-hearted entries will be sent to Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder, who will read the entries and choose our winners. First place will win a copy of Cinder and a $15 Amazon gift card. Second place will win a copy of Cinder and a Figment tote bag. Third place will win a copy of Cinder.