“I remember the lights turning into blurs of blazing fire. I remember the air-conditioning chilling my arms. The smell of coffee smudging into eucalyptus. Your hand was tight around mine as you grabbed me and you took me and you stole me away.”
The Printz Honor-winning novel Stolen begins with a young girl, Gemma, getting drugged and kidnapped from an airport. Because the story is narrated in the first-person, the reader senses how Gemma’s understanding of the world starts to slip as the narcotics take hold. Author Lucy Christopher expresses Gemma’s disorientation by focusing closely on sensory experiences: she writes about the taste of chocolate and the slimy feeling of fresh lipstick, focusing closely on Gemma’s mouth and face to show how the outside world has become blurry and distant to her.
Writing powerful, specific sensory descriptions is an important skill for any writer to master. Your challenge: In 150 or fewer words, describe someone who’s going through a highly emotional moment by focusing on just one part of that character’s body.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with StolenFlash 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.
One lucky entrant will win a copy of Stolen by Lucy Christopher and a Figment tote bag! You have until 11:59p.m. ET on May 13 to post your story. No voting for this contest–the Figment editors will choose the winner out of all eligible entries. Good luck!
Don’t forget to join Lucy Christopher and Maggie Stiefvater for a live chat on Tuesday, May 15 at 7p.m. ET. Sign up for an email reminder–you won’t want to miss this!