In The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell, Zora’s life is ruined by the death of her fiancé. She doesn’t want to go into society. She doesn’t want to meet a new man. She wants to run away.
Zora flees from the bustle of a socialite’s life in 1889 Baltimore, to the empty terrain of Oklahoma. She knows that she’s just running away, but it doesn’t matter. She needs a change and her aunt’s homestead in West Glory is about as much of a change as she could ask for. Zora discovers a purpose in Oklahoma; she’s a springsweet, able to sense the water hiding beneath the dry prairie ground. She’s an asset to the community and her aunt, but she’s still hollowed by her loss. She’s come to Oklahoma to escape; can she finally stop fleeing the past?
Your challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about a character who leaves his or her home and moves.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with springsweetcontest 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 May 1 to post your entry. Voting will run until 6:00 p.m. ET on May 9 at which point the ten most-hearted entries will be sent to Springsweet author Saundra Mitchell who will choose the winners.
Three winners will be chosen. First place will receive of copy of The Springsweet, a copy of The Vespertine, and a $15 Amazon gift card. Second place will receive a copy of The Springsweet, a copy of The Vespertine, and a Figment tote bag. Third place will receive a copy of The Springsweet and a copy of The Vespertine.