The Seminar Contest

There’s only one thing we love more than writing, and that’s Alan Rickman. It’s true! Our list goes: writing, Alan Rickman, cupcakes, fake mustaches, spelling colour with the letter u, and then it just repeats forever.

So when we found out about the new Broadway comedy, Seminar, in which Alan Rickman plays Leonard–a celebrity writer who mentors four students by showering them with indignities (and general inappropriateness) before mercilessly tearing their writing apart–we were sold. If we were to wear a fake mustache to the show, eat a cupcake during the performance, and then wait outside the theater to ask Mr. Rickman to sign the word colour on our playbill, ALL OF THE GREATEST THINGS would be in one place.

Want to join us? All you need to do is win our latest writing contest. Three winners will each snag vouchers for two tickets to Seminar. And! And! There are SEVEN more chances to win!

(l-r) Hamish Linklater, Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe (standing), Hettienne Park (seated), and Jerry O’Connell (foreground) in a scene from "Seminar" on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

(l-r) Hamish Linklater, Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe (standing), Hettienne Park (seated), and Jerry O’Connell (foreground) in a scene from "Seminar" on Broadway at the Golden Theatre. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Inspired by Seminar’s . . . powerful teacher figure, we want you, in 1000 words or fewer, to write a piece about a teacher who makes an impact. That impact can be big, small, good, bad . . . it’s up to you! You can write a short story, an essay, a play script, or a poem—that’s up to you, too.

How To Enter:
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing. Your entry must be 1,000 words or fewer.
4. Tag that writing with seminarcontest 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 February 9, 11:59 to enter. All entries will be read by the Figment editorial team, who will choose 20 finalists. Those 20 finalists will then be voted on by the Figment community through surveys. The top three finalists will each receive a copy of the Seminar playbill signed by all the cast members, a feature in the Seminar newsletter, a copy of The Dramatic Writer’s Companion, and a voucher for two tickets to see Seminar in New York.

PLUS! There’s a bonus raffle! Seminar is also giving away SEVEN more pairs of ticket vouchers. Just enter your name, email, phone number, and mailing address in the form below. Here’s the catch: Only people who’ve entered our Seminar writing contest are eligible to win. Click here to read the full raffle rules.

43 thoughts on “The Seminar Contest

  1. Let it be noted that Nutella is not on the list of favourite things.
    You say “All you have to do is win our latest writing contest!” as if it is easy. I know for a fact that the competition is CUT THROAT. As in, Sweeney Todd-level cut throat. As in, Alan Rickman being killed in Sweeney Todd cut-throat.

    • Amen to that. What’s Figment’s advice for lowly noobs like myself, who have very few followers? How can we get some love, too?

  2. Does the teacher in the story have to be a literal teacher or can they be figurative (although still a person, just not a real teacher)?

  3. Does it absolutely have to be under 1000 words? I’m at around 1080 right now and trying really hard to make cuts. I can make it work, but I’m afraid I’ll lose some of the really good description and tension.

  4. I published my story, Potential, yesterday with seminarcontest in the tag and if you search seminarcontest it shows up, but it isn’t showing up under the contest submissions. What should I do to get it to show up?

    • Hi Juliet,

      Your entry is not showing up because it was published on Figment prior to the entry period. In order to enter the contest, you need to publish a new story within the entry period. If you have any questions, please email me at

  5. Odd question about the show:

    I can only go if my little sister comes. Is the show appropriate for a 10 year old girl?

  6. For the additional contest (where seven people could win), it says that you have to enter your phone number, but I don’t see a space where I could put it.

    Also, can you enter more than once for either contest?

  7. I have been trying desperately to upload my piece VIA my subpar internet connection (I just moved and the internet here is SO wierd right now), but it is not working. At 10:30 PM, my internet will be shut off for the night. Is there any possible way you could extend the submission period until tomorrow at 10:00 AM so I can upload my submission from school? I would be FOREVER grateful.

    Thank you in advance.

  8. I published my story Ms. di Angelo, last night but it didn’t show up. When I went to my page, it said it had been unpublished. I went ahead and published it again, but will it be counted late because todya is the 10th? Or will it be counted because of a glitch? Just wondering about that. Thanks!

    • Hi Skye,

      Unfortunately, entries will only be considered if they were published before 11:59 PM on 2/9. So sorry you had to deal with glitches! 🙁

  9. Can you tell if I was able to upload my submission in time? I was able to get it in before 12am my time, but I didn’t know what time zone this site runs on.

    • Hi lena,

      Figment runs on EST. If you can find your story among the contest entries, then it was submitted successfully. What was it called?

      • It’s called “New Outlook”. I’m hoping the only reason I can’t find it is that my screen reader is being wierd with this website (I’m legally blind).

      • Rebecca, would you please check to see if my piece was submitted properly and if it counts? This website isn’t too accessible with my screen reading program. It’s called “New Outlook”.

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