The Springsweet Contest

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
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.


Contest Entries

  • Bum
    • 10
    • 3

    Crust Kids.

    Follow Nova, Rae and Dude as they hop freight trains and hitch hike to freedom. "Home is where your backpack is." Based on a true stor…

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  • Blah,
    • 1
    • 0

    Running Home

    Arianna ran away but didn't expect to find herself running home. Cover photo taken by my sister and edited by me. I plan to ex…

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  • Inthefield
    • 97
    • 25

    In the field...

    so i placed 6th in the contest so thanks for all the hearts in the contest :) Ruth ran away and fell in love. With a field. When a str…

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  • Missed
    • 6
    • 0


    13 year old Tanya Cae just moved away from home. Her friends email her everyday, but who she really misses is her boyfriend, Tyler.She…

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  • Jez-fifteen
    • 11
    • 1

    Fifteen - Contest Version

    ©Property Of Deck Jezebel 'Jez' Kappel was born in Germany. She's lived there her whole life. But during the one summer, after a Fa…

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  • New-york-new-york12801204[1]
    • 1
    • 0

    No Room in New York

    Leslie discovers that she was adopted. When no one remembers her sixteenth birthday, she relies on the only person she trusts; herself…

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  • 1342514893_5_a3a8_large
    • 44
    • 10

    The Beef

    What if you had to suffer the consequences of a crime you didn't do? Would you take it, or would you runaway?

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  • Deployed
    • 1
    • 0


    For the Springsweet contest. Leaving home is hard no matter where to or why. Leaving the people you love behind, however, can be the …

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  • Pizap.com10.42269948497414591335477590558
    • 2
    • 0

    My Bittersweet Soul


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  • Carved heart
    • 10
    • 2

    Farther From You

    *for the Springsweet contest! goal of 200 hearts! (thanks to my friend who modeled for this cover.)* a girl moves from Annapolis, Mary…

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  • Cover-normal
    • 8
    • 0

    The Maige, The Jazz, and the Sword

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  • Running
    • 0
    • 0


    When small town resident Mara Sheely finds out she's terminal she refuses to stand still, let alone stay in the same place she's lived…

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43 thoughts on “The Springsweet Contest

  1. Okay. I already wrote it, but I’ll take it down if it’s not okay.
    Is it okay that mine’s about everyone leaving home but me?

    • Hey Wayfarer-

      The story should be about a character leaving home, so as long as you’ve got a character leaving home, you’re set!

  2. Hey,
    Does the story have to be about a character actually moving, or can it be about a character leaving their home for a week or so?

    • Hey Keely-

      The character should be leaving to live somewhere else, but the prompt doesn’t specify that they cannot return/

  3. Question: is it fine if the “home” the character leaves is metaphorical? As in, it’s a place he/she calls home, but not in the “grown-up-here-family-lives-here” sense?

  4. I know in the past, contest promotion is not allowed. Is it allowed for this one? I couldn’t find it in the rules…

  5. I was wondering if the entry could be a poem? I know it’s stretching the term “story” a tad bit far, but I thought I’d ask.

  6. What if i didn’t recieve a pop-up confirmation? I tagged it springsweetcontest. Is that the only tag allowed? I did tag it a bunch of other stuff too. Oh and the hearts you get before may 1st count toward the voting right?

  7. Can the story be about someone who leaves for a period of time and then comes back? Or do they have leave and never come back?

    • Hey Abigail-

      Yup, as long as it is tagged correctly and was reated on Figment after the announcement of the contest.


  8. I have an entry in another contest that would be perfect for this contest also, can I submit it to this contest too?

  9. Hey, My story is about hitch hiking. They leave their home town, but they aren’t moving to any place. They’re just moving. Is that okay?

  10. I’m pretty sure I used the right tag and published my piece, but it’s been over four hours and it still hasn’t shown up. Will it be delayed if I’ve made edits to it in the meantime?

    • That wouldn’t affect the entries place. Double check the tag and makes sure the story wasn’t posted before the announcement of the contest.

  11. I posted my entry but I didn’t recieve a pop-up confirmation. My entry is listed with the other entries though.

  12. If your in 1rst place rather than 6th (as in the top ten most hearted) does it make a difference when it comes down to judging?

  13. My brother thought it would be really funny to flag my story…does that completely disqualify me or will a monitor person like do something to it

    • Hey Moira-

      Flagging just draws a moderator’s attention to a story. If the story doesn’t violate our terms of service, it will remain unaffected!


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