YALSA Flash-Fiction Contest Winners!

Congratulations to John Corey Whaley, author of Where Things Come Back and winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut award!

And he’s not the only one who won something. Congrats to these Figs, who are the winners of the YALSA flash-fiction contests, as judged by your trusty Figmods. A special shout out to all five debut authors nominated for the award, who inspired these debut-themed prompts.

Prompt #1: Write about the first moment a wizard realizes he/she is magic.
Winner #1: “Magic” by Aderyn Skycroft

Prompt #2: Write about a first day in high school.
Winner #2: “Freshmonsters.” by Alexis Justman

Prompt #3: Write about a first cross-country road trip.
Winner#3: “Of Birthday Parties and Bathroom Breaks” by Carly Gordon

Prompt #4: You’re a robot who’s just gained sentience. What’s your first thought?
Winner #4: “Galatea” by Carly Gordon

Prompt #5: Write about a first kiss.
Winner #5: “Rain” by Sofia Braunstein

All the winners will receive Figment totes and a Morris award-nominated book! Aderyn Skycroft will receive Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard. Alexis Justman will receive Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Carly Gordon will receive Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. Sofia Braunstein will receive The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more mod-judged contests and award-winning authors.

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