Titanic Flash-Fiction Contest

One hundred years ago, the unsinkable ship Titanic sank. The world was captivated by the horrible accident then, and a century later, we still can’t stop thinking about it. Some people—like Diane Hoh—have made studying the disaster an art form.

Diane is the author of two novels that center on that fateful night, Titanic: The Long Night and Remembering the Titanic. This weekend, which marks the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking, we’re giving away five pairs of Diane’s books to the winners of our latest flash-fiction contest.

Your challenge: In 200 words or fewer, write an all-dialogue scene set during a disaster.

Figment’s editorial team will choose five winners based on clarity, originality, and creativity. Each winner will receive e-book editions of Titanic: The Long Night and Remembering the Titanic. (Winners will be able to choose among Kindle, iBook, NOOK, or Google Play editions.)

You’ve got until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 15 to post your story, so get started!

To enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with TitanicFlash 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.


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50 thoughts on “Titanic Flash-Fiction Contest

  1. so just clarifying, by all-dialogue it just means there’s basically ALL quotes and ALL dialogue, and no descriptions in between, right?

    • Hey Ann-

      You could think of it that way, for sure. But it can be written like story dialogue like:

      “Hey, yourself!”

  2. probably just because I don’t have much experience, I’m wondering what an all dialogue scene can include. Can it include things like
    “hey!” he said, waving, or can I only say “hey!”
    Just clarifying, ’cause I am/was confuzzled. thanks:)

  3. It can be any disaster, right? Cause I’ve been dying to write about The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire . . .

  4. if this is an all-dialogue writing, does that mean it’s basically only quotes and stuff with no descriptions in between?

    • Hey Amber-

      The formats available are listed above! What file formats does your ebook reader take? Most use one of the three above versions.

  5. Hey 🙂 I deleted my entry and entered another one, but it’s not showing up. Is this because I entered one already, even though I deleted it?

    • Hey Rhetta-

      That wouldn’t prevent your entry from counting. The only thing that would stop it from showing up is if it existed on Figment before the announcement of the contest or if the tag was incorrect.

  6. Hi! I entered my piece like an hour before the deadline. But I didn’t get a confirmation? I tagged it correctly and I’m quiet sure that it was 11:00 pm ET. And I created this during the entry period. But no confirmation? And not in the entries.

  7. Hi, I know there’s been a lot of questions like this, (and I apologize in advance), but have the winners been contacted yet?

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