The Lucky One Writing Contest

What do High School Musical, A Very Potter Musical, The Lucky One, this contest, and my heart all have in common?

Zac Efron is in each one.

We’re stocited (stoked and excited) for the release of the The Lucky One because we know that the only person who could make the Z-man more heart-throbby is Nicholas Sparks, who drinks the tears and eats the hearts of those who read his books. He has never known drought or famine.

The Lucky One is based on Sparks’s 14th book. It’s the story of Logan Thibault (played by Zac), a U.S. Marine stationed in Iraq who finds a photograph of a woman he’s never met. He becomes convinced that it’s the picture that’s keeping him alive, and when he returns home, he vows to find the woman it shows. He leaves his home in Colorado and, against all odds, he finds the woman–Elizabeth–in North Carolina.

In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about a character on a quest. You could win copies of The Lucky One and some boss Zefron posters–both signed by Nicholas Sparks and Zac Efron!

Photo by Nina Subin

How to enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with TheLuckyOne 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 11:59 p.m. ET on April 25 to post your story. Voting will run until 6:00 p.m. ET on May 5, at which point the 10 most-hearted stories will be judged by Figment editors. The first-place winner will receive a copy of The Lucky One signed by Nicholas Sparks and Zac Efron, a movie poster signed by Nicholas Sparks and Zac Efron, and a $20 Amazon gift card. The second-place winner will receive a copy of The Lucky One signed by Nicholas Sparks and Zac Efron and a $10 Amazon gift card. Three runners-up will each receive a copy of The Lucky One signed by Nicholas Sparks and Zac Efron.

Want to increase your odds of walking away with some ill Lucky One swag? Enter The Lucky One sweepstakes!

Contest Entries

  • Cover-normal
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    Just One Thing

    After receiving devastating news, Julia finds the key thing missing from her bucket list during an unexpected connection with a musici…

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  • Thumb out
    • 11
    • 2

    Thumb Out

    Miranda needs to get to Carson City, Nevada soon. With barely any money and no transportation of her own, her only other option is the…

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  • Huntress cover
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  • Cover-normal
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    • 0

    The Apocalypse

    Landon thinks he may be the alone in this zombie apocalypse, but he won't give up his quest for people.

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  • Castalia
    • 10
    • 1

    Castalia - The Quest for Her Heart

    A romantic spin on what happened between god Apollo and water nymph Castalia, who is said to have thrown herself into a spring to esca…

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    • 26
    • 8

    Born and Raised

    A story about a guy on a quest to find himself.

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    • 19

    Chasing Love (Contest Entry)

    *Second place winner for The Lucky One Contest* Thank you guys soo much I wouldn't have gotten second place without your guys help!!! …

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  • Pic0109 edited
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    • 7

    The Crow with the Noose

    The Lucky One Entry! A Who Am I story. Based on a dream I had.

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  • Railroad
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    • 0

    Dear Gavin

    Jax is sending letters to his brother Gavin, who ran away a couple of years ago. Jax is now starting his own journey. After his mom le…

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  • Rainy swings
    • 1
    • 0


    A poem told in second person, about an elder sibling searching for, and finding her younger sister after five years, but is left runni…

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    I must go after Rain. She was always there for me, so now I'm gonna disobey her and be there for her, at least I think.

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    Violet Haloway has always wanted to become a singer. When her dreams fail to become reality and her father's wishes of her becoming a …

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67 thoughts on “The Lucky One Writing Contest

  1. Hey,
    Is it okay if the main character fails on this quest?
    Not to be depressing or anything, of course. 🙂

  2. Umm… Sort of a problem with my contest entry. It’s tagged and published correctly. But some people can’t read it. Scrolling problems. I checked myself and I can’t read it either. Please help!

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  4. Does it have to be exactly 1200 words? Obviously it can be less but what if your having an extremely difficult time condensing. I’ve shortened it about 300 words but I’m still over by 135. Do I need to still condense?

    • Hey-

      We have to be strict about the word count. Only entries at or under the word count will be accepted. I know you can do it!

  5. Do they have to currently be on the quest, or can there be a wrench in the works that forces her to postpone the quest?

  6. Could you tell me a bit about what the Figment editors will be looking for or at when they judge the pieces? I just want to make sure I’m covering all the bases.

  7. Urm… Did anyone else notice the typo above?

    “… first-place winner wil receive a copy…”

    Just wondering…

  8. Hello, sorry to bother you again, but I was wondering if we are allowed to edit our entries up until the end of the voting period? I scanned the entire Full Rules this time and couldn’t find it – but I did find a typo. It’s in number 18, ‘For Promotion results email you request to’

    Thank you!

    • Hey Kaitlyn–

      We ask that you don’t edit your entries after the submission period has ended. And thanks for the heads-up re: you/your!


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  10. is there a reason I didn’t get a pop up when trying to upload my story? I’m new to this and a little confused

    • Hey Kassandra-

      If you created your story on Figment after the announcement of the contest and used the proper tag, you’re all set!

  11. Are they choosing the winners today or just the finalists. And if there just choosing the finalists when are they announcing the winners?

  12. Is any one else nervous about who is going to win. I don’t think I will be able to make it to the top ten. Will you guys tell us if were in the top ten?????? I no im 12th right now

    • Hey Ally-

      There is no set deadline to announce the finalists or winners. Let me know if I can help you with anything else!

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