The Shatter Me Writing Contest

Juliette—the protagonist of Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi—has been locked in a cell for the past 264 days. In that time, she hasn’t touched a single human being. And she can’t ever touch anyone ever again—because her touch is fatal. At the beginning of the novel, Juliette’s sanity is hanging by a loose thread. She’s on the brink, and her inability to take comfort in human contact isn’t helping.

Your challenge is to write a story in which someone’s touch causes an unexpected reaction.

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 ShatterMeContest 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 22, 2012 to enter your story. Voting will run until 5:00 p.m. ET on May 30, 2012, at which point the 10 most-hearted stories will be judged by the Figment editors, who will choose three winners to receive awesome prize packs of HarperCollins books–most of which aren’t available to the general public for months!

First place will receive a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, copies of Endlessly by Kiersten White, Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, So Close to You by Rachel Carter, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, and Team Human by Justine Larbalestier–none of which even come out until July!–as well as copies of Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London and a copy of The Selection by Kiera Cass (which has already been picked up as a pilot by the CW!).

Second place will receive a copies of Shatter MeEndlesslySomething Strange and Deadly, So Close to YouInsignia, and Team Human.

Third place will receive copies of Shatter Me and Team Human, as well as a copy of Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw, which comes out in June, and a copy of The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson.

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31 thoughts on “The Shatter Me Writing Contest

  1. This book was so amazing! I read the excerpt on Figment and then I had to buy it! I read it today so I am definitely ready for this contest. The book was so fantastic!

  2. Um, I haven’t decided whether or not to enter yet.
    Is it okay if I did? I mean, I live in Japan…so…

    • Hey Naomi-

      Unfortunately, this contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada. We’ve got a newsletter contest that is open to all users, so check this week’s newsletter for details!

  3. ummm… before I even heard of this book I had an idea where everything this person touched broke, called Shattered…

    Is that too much like it or can I use it?

    • Hey Sovannie-

      As long as you created the story on Figment since the announcement of the contest and as long as you tagged the story properly, you’re all set!

  4. I understand the whole concept of someone’s touch having an unexepected result, but in the story does the person actually have to touch something and cuase that? I have an idea for a story of isolation, so there would be no touch.
    Please respond as soon as you can.

    • Hey Victor-

      As long as the prompt is fulfilled, you don’t have to have the touch in the present tense! So nothing needs actually be touched in the story.

  5. Hello Emily!

    I was wondering if “hell” counts as a swear word? I used it in the sentence “His hand was her heaven in hell” and “‘Looking at you was a hell I never wanted to feel again,'” or something along those lines. Is this considered crude or inappropriate language, or is it okay?

    Thank you!

  6. How does this voting work?

    You just click on the entry and then “heart” it? Each heart counts as a vote?

    So the top ten most hearted entries get sent to judges where the judges then choose the first, second, and third place winners?


  7. Do you have a set time span of when the contest results will come out? Or is it still pending? Perhaps a better question would be to ask how long a normal contest judging lasts? Thanks!

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