The There Is No Dog Contest

Ah, teenage love. The raging hormones. The rampant acne. The . . . floods that result when you spend too long daydreaming about your crush while taking a bath?

Being a teenager in love is hard enough, but in There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff (which you can begin reading on Figment), the teenager in question also happens to be God. His name is Bob.

Bob pouts. He sleeps in. He gets into petty tiffs with his personal-assistant-slash-helicopter-parent, Mr. B, over all the havoc Bob causes through lazy negligence. And he’s in love with a human named Lucy, who has, coincidentally, asked God to make her fall in love. Bob decides he’s the perfect guy to help her–although his motives may be less than . . . heavenly?

Your challenge: in no more than 2,000 words, write a story in which the line between love and lust is blurred.

How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of no more than 2,000 words.
4. Tag your writing with NoDogContest 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 23, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST to post and tag your story. Voting will run until March 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST, at which point the 10 most-hearted entries will be sent to Meg Rosoff herself for judging. The top three entries will receive copies of There Is No Dog. Second place will also receive a Figment tote, and first place will also receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

14 thoughts on “The There Is No Dog Contest

  1. Hi! Two questions.
    What if my story has mildliy sexual stuff in it? Like saying that one had sex, but not describing?
    I just cringed…
    After the contest is over, can you still update the writing and publish it? Or is that not allowed?

    • Hi Sofia,

      Yes, your story may contain sex, as long as it the descriptions are not graphic and fit the context of the story. And yes, you may do as you please with your work once the contest is over.

  2. I do not see my entry for the contest. I think I hit publish before I filled out the detail section. does that disqualify it?

    • Hi nanci,

      Did you go back and tag it after you published it? If it shows up when you click “Show all entries,” then it has been submitted successfully.

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