Lucy Christopher’s Stolen is a heart-wrenching story about Gemma, a 16-year-old girl who is drugged and taken from an airport. Gemma’s kidnapped. At first, she’d do anything to go home. But as the weeks pass, she starts understanding her kidnapper, and then she starts empathizing with him. She knows it’s wrong, but . . .
In Stolen, Gemma speaks directly to her captor. It’s entirely written in the very tricky second-person, a technique that gives the novel its unique voice and unique power.
Your challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story in which a victim addresses his or her adversary.
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 StolenContest 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’ve got until 11:59 p.m. ET on May 9 to enter your story. Voting will run until 5:00 p.m. ET on May 17, at which point the 10 most-hearted stories will be sent to Lucy Christopher, the author of Stolen, who will choose three winners. First place will receive a copy of Stolen and a $15 gift-card to Amazon. Second place will receive Stolen and a $10 gift-card, and third place will receive Stolen.