The Sorcery and Cecelia Flash Fiction Contest!

Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, is like a fantastic cross between Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice—and the premise is as delicious as the title.

Their letters grow interesting as potential beaus are introduced. Their letters grow even more interesting as magical events (and sinister intrigue) begin to unfold around them. Kate and Cecilia’s letters may just be the key to understanding the strange mysteries happening around them—like, who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards? And why is Cecelia’s plain-looking visitor suddenly catnip to every man who meets her?

The novel began as a letter-writing exercise between the two authors: each chose a character, and then—without knowing where the plot would go—they began writing back-and-forth in those characters’ unique voices. In honor of the novel (and Patricia and Caroline’s game) we’re asking you to take a crack at the epistolary form yourselves.

Your challenge:  Write a letter (as yourself or as a character) in which you recount a strange happening in 200 words or fewer.

How to enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with SorceryandCecelia 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 27 to publish and tag your entry. The Figment editors will choose three winners, each of whom will receive an ebook copy of Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot . . . and a bonus Reader’s Group Guide to the book!

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29 thoughts on “The Sorcery and Cecelia Flash Fiction Contest!

  1. Just wondering…Is it supposed to say “The Enchanted Chamber Pot” in the link at the bottom? I thought it was “Chocolate Pot”…

  2. can ‘strange’ be relative to the character, or does it have to be something that just about everyone considers strange?

  3. I wrote something for this, and put in the tag section “SorceryandCecelia”, earlier today, but I haven’t recieved any emails of confirmation nor have I seen my entry in the entry listing above.

    • Hey Scarlet-
      As long as your story was written after the announcement of the contest and as long as the tags are correct, you’re all set!

  4. Hey there! I’m part of a group called Letter to Letter. We’ve actually been writing letters to each other for nearly a month if not more. Our letter follow all the critera you guys set up. I just thought it’d be cool if someone looked into it.

  5. i’m really confused on the voting process and i entered into the contest but my writing hasn’t shown up. does that mean i’m not entered? And when does this contest end?”

    • Hey Brooke-

      This contest ended a while ago. Did you submit an entry before May 27? This contest didn’t have a voting period–the entries were judged by the Figment editorial staff. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

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