“Unholy Night” Flash Fiction!

They call him the Antioch Ghost, the Enemy of Rome, the Thief of the Eastern Empire.

But you can just call him Balthazar.

In his new novelSeth Grahame-Smith—of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter fame—asks: what if the the Three Wise Men who visited baby Jesus weren’t wise men at all, but a bunch of outlaws on the run from King Herod? Unholy Night has been compared to Monty Python’s hilarious Life of Brian and described as a mash-up between Game of Thrones and the Gospel of Luke—and at its heart is the dark, murderous Balthazar.

Your challenge: Invent an infamous figure from the past. Is it a dastardly thief from Mesopotamia? A greedy king from ancient Rome? A swashbuckling lady pirate from Ming Dynasty China? It’s up to you. Give your character a name, like “the Antioch Ghost.” Write a description of him or her in 100 words or fewer, and you could win glory and honor as a Handpicked Fig! That’s right: the Figment editors will be choosing the four best stories to feature on the Figment homepage alongside Unholy Night.

How to Enter:

1. Read the promotion guidelines here.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with unholynightflashone 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.

Make sure to tag your story by 11:59p.m. ET on May 6, 2012. The Figment editorial team will be judging entries based on quality, creativity, and relevance to the prompt. Four winners will be chosen to be featured on the Figment homepage. This contest is open to international users.

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20 thoughts on ““Unholy Night” Flash Fiction!

  1. How far in the past does this character have to be from? Does it need to be from an ancient civilization, or could it be from the 1960s or 1970s?

    • Hey Quills-

      As long as you created the entry on Figment after the announcement of the contest and tagged it correctly, you’re entered! Pop-up or no pop-up. 🙂

  2. Mine kind of reads like a short pitch but it’s mainly a description of the character. Is that alright?

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