A Week of YALSA Flash Fiction Contests

When you’re a first time novelist, you push your little baby book out of the nest and hope so hard that it will fly. For Rae Carson, Jenny Hubbard, John Corey Whaley, Ruta Sepetys, and Guadalupe Garcia McCall—the five authors nominated for this year’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award—these hopes came true. And not in a feeble-weakly-struggling-baby-bird kind of way. In an omg-my-baby-bird-just-got-me-nominated-for-a-literary-award kind of way.

In honor of these fantastic first books, we’ve partnered with YALSA to bring you a week of flash fiction dedicated to debuts.

Every day this week, we’ll be updating this post with a new flash-fiction challenge, along with a new tag. You’ll have 24 hours to write a story (of 100 words or fewer) that responds to the prompt.

The Figment editorial staff will read all the entries and choose its favorite, based on creativity, originality, and execution. One winner per prompt will receive a copy of one of the Morris Award-nominated books and a Figment tote bag.

Closed–(Jan 20): Write about a first kiss.
Tag your story “YALSAMorris” and “YALSAkiss”
You have until 10 a.m. EST on January 21 to enter.

Closed–(Jan 19): You’re a robot who’s just gained sentience. What’s your first thought?
Tag your story “YALSAMorris” and “YALSArobot”
You have until 10 a.m. EST on January 20 to enter.

Closed(Jan 18): Write about a first cross-country road trip.
Tag your story “YALSAMorris” and “YALSAcrosscountry”
You have until 10 a.m. EST on January 19 to enter.

Closed–(Jan 17): Write about a first day in high school.
Tag your story “YALSAMorris” and “YALSAhigh”
You have until 10 a.m. EST on January 18 to enter.

Closed–(Jan 16): Write about the first moment a wizard realizes he/she is magic.
Tag your story “YALSAMorris” and “YALSAwizard”
You have until 10 a.m. EST on January 17 to enter.

Read the official promotion guidelines here.

50 thoughts on “A Week of YALSA Flash Fiction Contests

  1. So we will find out who won tomorrow as well or later in the week? Also, can we enter the contest more than once (like everytime there is a new prop?)

    Thank you!

  2. Can we make one book for all of the prompts this week and make each prompt a different chapter, or do we have to make individual books for each one?

  3. Do you have to enter ALL of the contests to be eligible to win? Can you enter one and win one? Or do you have to enter all to win one?

  4. EEk! I uploaded my story for this at about 8:15 and it still hasn’t shown up… do you think it’ll show up tomorrow? I have to go to school so I guess I can only check the morning before.

  5. First off: Can we enter any time during this contest?
    And second: Is each prompt it’s own book, or do we compile them all into one, and each prompt is another chapter?

  6. Aha! Sorry to spam the comments but I think I figured out what was wrong, I forgot to click the publish now button. Ok, PHEW! Thanks!Hopefully it’ll be in on time! 😀

  7. but I’ve never haaad a first day of Highschool! Its not faair!
    Ok, I’ll stop whining now.
    I must admit though, these prompts are a little lack luster, they lack a figment flair…. 🙁

  8. My writing won’t show up 🙁 I don’t know why, I put both of the tags in and everything, but it won’t work! I’m confused! Please help ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Since the number of hearts don’t count for this contest, is it still against the rules if I ask people to read this?
    Also, when should we know the winners?

    • Hi Ro,

      You should know the winners by some time next week. And yes, it is fine to ask people to read these, as it is not a heart contest. 🙂

  10. When you say 10 a.m….that means I’d have to wake up really super early and write it before I go to school at seven, so is that a mistype or the actual rules?

    • Hi Blaire,

      No, that is not a mistype! The prompt goes up at 10 a.m. and you have 24 hours (until 10 a.m. the next day) to respond.

  11. Why are most of these highschooler girly prompts(first day of highschool, cross country, first kiss) and all of them non-violent, no chance for an action scene? Really, not everyone is kissy-swoony or magic-futuristic. Can’t there be a contest for action, not goofy high school dreams? Yes, I’m a sophmore in highschool.

  12. Hey… My entry for day 5 isn’t showing up. It’s called Sent. I published it and tagged it correctly. It might pop up if you give it some time, but it would be nice if you kept an eye on it. Thanks! 🙂

  13. My story hasn’t come up yet and time is almost out! what should I do?! (for the first kiss contest it is called: Drawing)

  14. Is that all of them? I loved this contest! It was really fun to write something short every day. Please do something like this again really soon!

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