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 Figment.com.
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!).