The List Contest

You try not to be petty, you really do. You know you shouldn’t judge people, and that if you do, you should judge them based on what they say and what they do, not what they look like. But sometimes that’s so hard! After the third time that Starbucks barista rolls his eyes at your order, you start to get a serious case of coffee-rage and you just want to shout, “No one looks good with frosted tips!” When your teacher hands back your masterpiece with a comment that says, “I am disappointed by the obvious lack of effort,” you want to respond, “Your soccer-mom jeans are disappointed by the obvious lack of effort.”

But that is wrong. And you know it.

Too bad not everyone does. In Siobhan Vivian’s The List, eight high-school girls get called out for their looks. Four are named the prettiest in school. Four are named the ugliest. It might be hard to be at the top—there’s all that pressure to stay at the top—but being publicly declared the school’s bottom-of-the-heap is even harder. High school is rife with personal insecurity. Imagine those insecurities being completely validated.

Your challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story from the perspective of someone who’s considered “hot” or “ugly.”

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with thelistcontest 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 April 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET to post your entry. Voting will run until April 27 at 5:00 p.m. ET, at which point the 10 most-hearted stories will be sent to Siobhan Vivian, the author of The List. First place will receive a copy of Not That Kind of Girl, a copy of The List, Figment tote, $10 Amazon card. Second place will receive a copy of Not That Kind of Girl, copy of The List, Figment tote. Third place: copy of Not That Kind of Girl, copy of The List.

Contest Entries

  • Th_ugly
    • 73
    • 14

    Ugly

    For the List Contest!Anna Wallner made the beautiful cover!

    View Entry »
  • The_heart
    • 0
    • 0

    Beautiful

    Just because they think you're beautiful doesn't mean you'll always feel beautiful.

    View Entry »
  • Lip_liner_application_an_art-1
    • 162
    • 35

    Insecure

    **Goal of 301 hearts! :)** →♫This story had a WORD LIMIT of 1200 words, so it will feel a little rushed♫← When Kelsey is declared …

    View Entry »
  • Tbadn
    • 3
    • 1

    Trouble By A Different Name

    PLEASE HEART AND READ!!! THANK YOU! Not Pretty Enough, Not Talented Enough, Not Smart Enough, Not Good Enough... Tessa's different but…

    View Entry »
  • The_heart
    • 0
    • 0

    The Beautiful People

    My entry for the list contest

    View Entry »
  • Cover-normal
    • 1
    • 0

    Close To Death

    its a story about the sad part of life... :/

    View Entry »
  • Sad girl
    • 201
    • 72

    Forgiven

    This is for the list contest!!! Please read!! This is Amy telling us her story. __________________________________Do you think the for…

    View Entry »
  • Superstock_1889r-28618
    • 1
    • 1

    NERD

    It's hard being in High School when you can't compare to the male models on the Hollister posters. Short and sweet for the list contes…

    View Entry »
  • City
    • 0
    • 0

    Utopianic

    Utopianic is a story I wrote for the List Contest. It is the story of a girl who is living in s society where she is considered ugly. …

    View Entry »
  • Werwhower
    • 1
    • 0

    We R Who We R

    Lezslye Carter never thought of herself as ugly until Hannah Miller came to East Wood High. As her "friends" slowly leave, she realize…

    View Entry »
  • Tumblr_m2c8vo0zqb1qf7otvo1_500_large
    • 1
    • 0

    Skin

    View Entry »
  • Fembot
    • 0
    • 1

    Pretty But Unpretty

    Sometimes it's hard being the pretty girl, but it's even harder being the not so pretty girl.

    View Entry »
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54 thoughts on “The List Contest

  1. Is it okay if I write from both perspectives, and alternate the narator every few paragraphs? Or must I choose one or the other, hot or ugly?

  2. Do you have to tell the story from the point of view of the pretty/ugly person, or can you tell the story from a point of view of a different person, but still have the plot line be about the pretty/ugly person?

    • Hey Ariana-

      The story needs to be from the perspective of the hot/ugly person, so it should either be first person, second or a close third centered around the ugly/pretty character.

      -Emily

    • Nope! But in order to be from the ugly/pretty person’s perspective, it should be second or a close-third around that character.

    • Hey Christlyn-

      If you created the writing on Figment after the announcement of the contest, double check that the tag is correct. If it is, you’re all set!

        • Hey Christlyn-

          I went into our system, and it looks like your book was created last December, well before the announcement of the contest. Even if you used a blank story on Figment and wrote your entry after the announcement of the contest, the entry will not be considered valid. The stories must be created after the announcement of the contest to be eligible. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

          Best,
          Emily

  3. How come most of the entries already have 150+ hearts? You’re not allowed to enter an existing story, right? When did this start? I thought it was pretty new….

    • Hey Shia-

      The contest was posted on April 5. All stories must be new, and existing stories will not show up among the entries and will not be counted as valid. People swap and trade to increase their chances–this might explain some of the high-hearted pieces!

      Best,
      Emily

  4. I was wondering how you win the contest. Do a panel of judges read all the entries and decide or is it based off of reader popularity?

    If it is based off reader popularity, the widespread approval of average reades, that would be rather ironic, wouldn’t it?

    I got really excited about this contest and I feel I can write a well written short story I hope a bunch of people and myself will enjoy centered on this topic I’ve been turning over for years.But I don’t want to waste my time if it’s based on hearts or reader’s popularity.

    I don’t go on this site often and I have no fans since we switched over to figment. Even if I did write the most kickass short story the world’s ever seen, it wouldn’t get many views and if it’s based on that I would never win.

    Just curious.

  5. *Correction.

    This makes me look like a total loser and irresponsible for not reading all of the rules, but I now see the contest is judged by how many hearts you get.

    I guess popularity does always trump the golden hearted ones.

    • Hey Kendra-

      We do see the irony in having a mass voting of a contest about the dangers of public, negative opinion. Unfortunately, we’re unable to read every entry. We also believe that Figment users should have a stake and say in what stories win the contests. Please let me know if you have any further questions or feedback– we’d love to hear from you! emily@figment.com

      Best,
      Emily

  6. I had a question about finalists – I know the top ten get to be finalists, but if there are 12-15 that have a similar number of hearts, will they be considered or is it strictly top 10?
    (sorry if this is a double post – I thought I posted this question already but it isn’t showing up)

    • Hey Kritika-

      There will only be ten finalists. If there is a tie, the tie will be broken by the editorial team, choosing based on the criteria outlined in the official rules!

      Best,
      Emily

  7. How are the winners being chosen? Is it by the number of likes or are the people running the contest choosing their favorites?

    • Hey Abbey-

      The finalists will be the 10 most-hearted entries. These will be sent to Siobhan Vivian, the author of The List who will choose her favorites.

  8. Hey !
    I was just randonly reading the comments and I found many comments saying that half of the entries have 150+ hearts so it is not worth it? I really think that it is worth it even if the other stories have 300+ hearts.
    I think you should write for the thrill and for creating a world of your own not for winning a contest which seems to be what everyone is thinking about and I have to say me too but I am trying to be a bit normal.
    I had 60 hearts on my story 3 days ago but I believe in my writing and I believe that I can be one of the finalists so I started swapping and now I have 140 hearts and I am in the top 10 I think.
    My point is I think it is worth it .
    Sorry if I insulted anyone by saying that . Thanks

  9. I can’t find my entry in the admissions. 🙁 I really hope this is all some big misunderstanding and it’s lost in the cyberspace somewhere…or at least that it’s some tiny error I made that I can correct.

    Do you have any idea why it wouldn’t be showing up???

    Pessimistic, but Hopeful…
    Kendra

    • Hey Kendra-

      If it was created after the announcement of the contest, tagged correctly, and submitted before the close of the contest, you’re all set. If one of those three isn’t the case, then your entry won’t be showing up!

  10. My username is Kayberry6 and my entry is titled “When Perfection Isn’t Good Enough.” This forum appears to be anonymus…or at least you can’t look at people’s stories by just clicking on their comment so…there’s my information. Hopefully my entry is just backlogged or something and it will show up. 🙁 Hopefully…

  11. Well, I don’t see it anywhere. I thought I got everything right, but I guess not. This is rather unfortunate. Well, thank you for responding to me at least….:(

  12. So, the voting period seems to have ended, but all these things are still up. Does this mean that the people at figment will go back to see how many hearts the entries had before the closing of the contest, or are we still supposed to get hearts? I just wanted to know if I should keep hoping for more hearts, or if it was over. Thanks!

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