Enter the Code Name Verity Contest!

Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s gripping book about friendship and survival, has got it all: it’s a spy novel, an adventure tale, and a love story. But not a romantic love story: instead, the book is about the powerful friendship between two young women who meet when they join the British war effort. As a pilot and a spy, they take on occupations that were once reserved for men. And together they prove themselves to be a fantastic team.

That is, until their plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. One of them is captured by the Gestapo and forced to reveal her secrets—or else. Over the course of her captivity, Verity, the lead character, reveals the truth behind the friendship that changed her life forever.

Your challenge: In 1,500 words or fewer, write a story about two friends with a deep connection.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,500 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with CodeNameVerity 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 have until May 30, 2012 at 11:59p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until June 7, 2012 at 5:00p.m. ET at which point the top ten finalists will be sent to Elizabeth Wein, the author of Code Name Verity, for judging.

The first place winner will receive a copy of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Secret Letters by Leah Scheier (which won’t be available to the general public until the end of June!), A World Away by Nancy Grossman (which isn’t out until July!), Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees (also not out until July), Ditched by Robin Mellom, and Double by Jenny Valentine.

The second place winner will receive Code Name VeritySecret LettersA World Away, and Lucky Fools.

The third place winner will receive Code Name VeritySecret Letters, and A World Away.

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30 thoughts on “Enter the Code Name Verity Contest!

  1. So just to verify, the top ten chosen will be the top ten most hearted entries?

    If so, sorry Fig but I won’t write for it. Most of these “most hearted” contests are won by those people who have the most friends.

    • We ask that edits only be made while the entry period is open. After the contest is finished, you’re free to edit at will!

  2. Just noticed it says above that the story must be 1200 words or fewer, but in the full rules it says 1500. Which should we go by?

    • Official rules trump all! 1500 words is the limit. The post has been updated; thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  3. So, to clarify. If we have an existing work, could we add another chapter that adds to the word count (keeping it within the limit), and have it as a valid entry? I was wondering because I had already published the prologue of something I was meaning to work on, and want to add the first chapter and enter the entire thing into the contest.

    • Hey-

      The existing work would have to have been posted on Figment after the announcement of the contest. Works posted to Figment before the announcement of the contest will not be valid entries.

  4. I don’t like how the finalists are chosen by hearts. Newbies or unpopular people don’t stand a chance, and the popular ones have a guaranteed spot in the top ten even if their entry is bad. Just putting my thoughts out there.

  5. I tagged my story with the appropriate tag a few days ago when I first wrote my story. Today I was scrolling through the entries and did not see mine among them. I tried tagging it again, but it’s still not there. Any help?

    • Hey Abbey-

      If the tag is correct, make sure you posted the story after the announcement of the contest. Stories on Figment before the contest was announced are ineligible to be entered.

      • I tried again, but it still didn’t work. I knew I had written it after I read about the contest, and couldn’t figure out why it still wouldn’t work. Then I remember I had started a story about a month ago, but never published it and never finished it, and when I wrote my entry, I deleted what I had written on the first story and wrote my entry over that story (on the same template, or whatever you would call that). Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do?

        • Hey Abbey-

          Unfortunately, all stories must be created on Figment after the announcement of the contest (as per the official rules and the “How-To Enter” section above). Until the deadline, though, you may enter a new story. So you could remove the story you have now and re-post your story. Stories created before the announcement of the contest are not valid entries. Let me know if you have any further questions!


    • Hey Stefani-

      Nope. Some contests allow old contest entries, but a story cannot be entered in two contests at the same time.

  6. Are you able to use a sentence, of a famous singer’s song, in your writing if you make it clear that it belongs to that singer?

  7. Are heart goals and/or swaps allowed for contest writings? I’M not entering, but I have seen heart goals on contest pieces and have been asked to swap by those entering in the contest, with a request that I read their contest writing. I’m fine with accepting, but I don’t want to be helping someone cheat, even if they have no idea they’re cheating.

    • Hearts goals and swaps are allowed, but some people may choose not to enter in heart swaps on contest entries. It is not against the rules, though.

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