Figment and I Heart Daily Playlist Contest

Win an iPod shuffle and $50 of music!

Even before we saw Darren Criss rock a sorting hat in A Very Potter Musical, J.K. Rowling’s books got us in a musical mood. We read about the vicious backstabber Sirius and suddenly heard: “a boy like that! will kill your MOTHER!” Then, the whole Sirius situation got fixed up and we found ourselves humming, “We are family!

Your favorite books can lend a poignancy to some of your favorite songs. Your favorite characters’ feelings can be heightened by the drama of music. When you put books and music together, everything comes together and the world is beautiful and nothing hurts.

Image by Stephen Cummings

We’re teaming up with our friends at I Heart Daily to bring you a new contest. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking some of our favorite authors to put together soundtracks for their new books. (Click here to read the playlist that Melissa Walker–co-editor of I Heart Daily, with Anne Ichikawa–put together for her upcoming novel, Unbreak My Heart!)

Your challenge: put together a six-song playlist for your favorite book, published in any year. Write a brief introduction for your overall list and, for each song, write two or three sentences about why you chose it.

What will that lucky song assembler win? An iPod Shuffle loaded with songs from the authors’ playlists (up to $50 worth). You will never be without great music again. EVER.

How to Enter
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing. There is no word limit.
4. Tag that writing with IHDplaylist 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 27, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST to post and tag your story. Voting will run until March 5, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST, at which point the 10 most-hearted entries will be sent to the editorial staff of I Heart Daily, who will choose the one winning entry!

36 thoughts on “Figment and I Heart Daily Playlist Contest

  1. I guess I’m just a little bit confused. We just have to make a six-song play list for a novel that isn’t one of our own? And then we have to get other people to vote on it?

    Challenge Accepted?

  2. Oh my gosh we did something like this for English last year! Granted, I got a 79, so maybe this is a chance to redeem myself. It ends on my bday too. March 5th woot.

    • Hi Honey Badger,

      Just write a short introduction to the playlist (why you chose the book, what the book is about, etc.) and then a sentence or two justifying each song choice.

  3. So, wait, is this a heart contest? Or is Figment staff going to read every single one and pick their favorite?

    And can I do a Biography?

  4. Would quoting short segments of selected songs’ lyrics break the “does not infringe upon any third-party copyrights or other intellectual property rights” clause, even if it’s cited(MLA citations if necessary)?

  5. I have a question. Can I do an entire series? If not, I can just pick one book, but my playlist works for all of the books. If this question was already asked, sorry, I didn’t see it!

  6. I think Emery means would we be allowed to quote parts of the song. I would like to know too…
    Sounds cool though, just have to think of my favorite book! *sigh*

  7. Hi!
    I created my playlist and typed the code IHDplaylist in hte details tab but it havent got any pop up email confirmation to have my playlist among the contest entries. What do I have to do to publish my entry in the contest?

    • Hi Bri,

      Yes, you may do it on one of the characters, but please make sure to mention the name of the book from which the character comes.

    • Hi Cearra,
      You can ask your friends and family to like your story and/or read other users’ entries (they will most likely return the favor).

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