The Stolen Contest

“You saw me before I saw you . . . You smiled as you noticed me looking.”

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
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.

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42 thoughts on “The Stolen Contest

  1. Stolen is a wonderful book. Five stars. It just recently came out in paperback, by the way. I went to the store the day it came out in paperback; it smells AMAZING. Gotta love the new book smell.

  2. Are international users allowed to enter the contest if we agree to not be sent the prize on the slim chance we win? I just want my work read my Lucy Christopher, and that could be done in Antarctica.

    • Hey Lucy-

      Only entries from US and Canadian residents are eligible to win, regardless of if the winner chooses to accept the prizes or not.


  3. A “story in which a victim addresses his or her adversary” is a vague line. So it could be anything from a kid talking back to an adult or a victim fighting back on the charge of a bully?

    • The adversary doesn’t need to be a person, but the victim should be addressing his/her adversary in your story.

  4. I tagged my entry yesterday, when this came out, but it still hasn’t shown up. I tried to tag it again a few minutes ago, and hopefully it will work, but if it doesn’t what should I do?


    • Hey Taylor-

      There can be some delay. Otherwise, make sure the tag is correct. Be certain you created the story after the announcement of the contest (didn’t use a story already on Figment).

  5. When it says the top ten entries will be read by Lucy Christopher, will we be able to recieve feeback from her? Also, when it says the winners will recieve Stolen, will it be signed?

    • Hey Kirsten-

      The prize does not include personal feedback and the books will not be signed. Let me know if I can help with anything else!


  6. I just wanna know why so many contests aren’t for international writers/readers? I don’t want to sound mean or disrespectful but I think the international figment users would like a chance to participate in some contests. I was just wondering if there is going to be any contests where international users can enter?

    • Hey Karese-

      For legal reasons we are unable to open our contests to international users when there is a tangible prize at stake. We offer a lot of flash fiction contests where the prizes include shout-outs on the blog or on the homepage. Many of these contests are open to all users.

  7. Hi. I tried reading the contest rules, but when I clicked on it, it wouldn’t open. I tried like ten times. Is there some other way I can see them??

  8. I don’t see my entry up 🙁 I posted it last night. I put ‘Stolen Contest’ in the tags. Just in case youre needing the entry title. It’s ‘The Photograph’

  9. I just joined Figment and entered a short story in the Stolen contest. I have been reading the entries of others but I would like to get others to read my entry. I am anxious to have someone critque my story – good or bad. I appreciate your comments.

  10. would i be able to use this story for two contests that are going on right now? or would that be against the rules?

    • Hey Abigail-

      If your story was created on Figment after the announcement of the contest and if it is tagged properly, you’re all set! Just double check those two things. 🙂

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