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.