Not to start drama, but the world in Julianna Baggott’s Pure (which you can start reading on Figment) makes The Hunger Games‘ Panem look like Disneyland. Oh? What’s that Katniss? You’re a little hungry? Pressia lives in a world that has been burned to ASH. She lost her hand as a child and the wound was cauterized with a DOLL’S HEAD to stop the bleeding. Oh? What’s that, Katniss? One youth in every district must enter an annual fight to the death? So that’s 24 people? In Pressia’s world, everyone is required to join the militia and, if they refuse (or are too damaged to be useful), they become living targets for practice. Not to play the one-upping game, but . . .
Really, these books have a common thread: Both of their main characters are survivors, focused on outlasting the horrible situations they find themselves in. It takes the right combination of grit, guts, and Pure luck (see what we did there?) to outlast the worst.
Your Challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story from the perspective of a survivor. Your survivor can be male or female, young or old. The event survived can be catastrophic or microscopic–it’s up to you!
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of no more than 1,200 words.
4. Tag your writing with PureContest 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 21, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST to post and tag your story. Voting will run until February 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST, at which point the 10 most-hearted entries will be sent to Julianna Baggott’s editor, Jaime Levine. The top three entries will receive copies of Pure. Second place will also receive a Figment tote, and first place will also receive a Figment t-shirt and a $15 Amazon gift card.