Kim Culbertson Flash Fiction Contest

Kim Culbertson is the author of two novels for teens: Songs for a Teenage Nomad and Instructions for a Broken Heart. She’s also the author of a novella, The Liberation of Max McTrue, about contentedly average Max McTrue whose entire world is turned upside down when he decides to skip class to follow home-schooled Clara on a whirlwind adventure unlike anything he’s ever experienced.

Enter the Max McTrue Flash Fiction Contest!

There will be a total of three prizes: Each winner gets a free download of The Liberation of Max McTrue as well as a custom-made journal, modeled after the journal Clara uses to record the beautiful things she encounters in everyday life. The first place winner will also receive a 30 minute manuscript review by Kim Culbertson!

All you have to do is write a super short story under 500 words that follows one of the four prompts below. Submit your entry between 11:00am on February 3, 2012 and 11:59pm on February 5, 2012. The Figment editorial staff will choose the top ten entries as finalists, and Kim will choose the winners from those finalists.

The Prompts:
(1) Write a story set against the backdrop of a scavenger hunt.
(2) Write a story confined to the periods of a school day. The character can be in school or out of school.
(3) Write a story in which a character is deeply afraid of something.
(4) Come up with a totally ordinary character and then set him/her up to have an extraordinary day.

How to enter:

  1. Read the official contest rules here.
  2. Write an original story, under 500 words, that follows one of the four prompts above.
  3. Go to the “Details” tab of your story, and put maxmctrue in the “Tags” section.
  4. Wait the 2 hours it sometimes takes to see your story appear on the contest page.

38 thoughts on “Kim Culbertson Flash Fiction Contest

  1. In prompt number 3, it says to write a story about a character is deeply afraid of something. Could that something be a person?

  2. Oh! I have another question! It says ‘each winner will get…’ does that mean the top ten chosen by the Figment staff are winners or is there only a first, second, and third place?

  3. Well, I just finished my story for this one, but I don’t think it’ll match up to the others. 🙂 There’s a lot of good writers out there! -wrote The Darkness Beyond-

  4. Hey, I just had a question. It says that the three winners each get a free download of Kim Culbertson’s novella, but is that only for the kindle? I have a nook, and I wanted to know if there was someway I could get it on that if I was one of the winners.


  5. Will I be able to change the cover for my story later (after the contest deadline is up) or will it affect if my contest is entered? Thanks!

  6. Could I participate in this contest with a short story I wrote for daily themes, or am I supposed to write something new? 🙂

  7. My entry and my friend’s entries aren’t showing up. We posted them at 9 this morning. Mine is called “Captain Cannon”. I’m about to retag it and see if that works. If it doesn’t, can I post a link to it?

  8. Just finished and just noticed this contest was over before I even began. Really proud of what I wrote, but I’m still gonna go punch myself for not checking the deadline before beginning. Good practice, right?

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