Paige Sheridan had her life on track. She had the clothes. She had the boyfriend. She had the homecoming court nomination in the bag. Then she was involved in a drunk-driving accident that tore her friends apart.
After a summer spent nannying in Paris, Paige is back in Iowa, and that homecoming nomination isn’t such a sure thing. But Paige has been living her whole life in preparation for this moment. Her mother was a member of the court in her day. The clothes Paige wears, the clubs she joins–she’s done everything she can to make herself into the perfect homecoming candidate. If she doesn’t have that nomination, what does she have?
In M. Molly Backes’s The Princesses of Iowa, Paige suddenly starts doubting the hierarchy around which she’s structured her life. Your challenge, inspired by Paige’s conflict, is to write a scene in 200 words or fewer in which a character feels a threat to something very important to him or her.
How to enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with PrincessesofIowa 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 20 to publish and tag your entry. The 10 finalists will be chosen by the Figment Editorial Team. Winners will be chosen by M. Molly Backes, author of The Princesses of Iowa. First place will receive a copy of The Princesses of Iowa, an audio copy of The Princesses of Iowa, a copy of See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles, and a copy of Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald.
Second place will receive a copy of The Princesses of Iowa, a copy of Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott, and a copy of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina.
Third place will receive a copy of The Princesses of Iowa.
Note: Due to a discrepancy in the original announcement, entries tagged either “PrincessesOfIowa” or “PrincessOfIowa” will be accepted.