Hades isn’t a fun place, and no one knows that better than Helen Hamilton, the heroine of Josephine Angelini’s Dreamless. Helen spends her nights traveling through the Underword, trying to undo the eternal cycle of vengeance that is her family’s curse.
On Monday, we visited the Crumbling Mansion and on Tuesday, the Dead City. Freaky places—but at least there was breathing room. On one of her nightly excursions, Helen finds herself trapped INSIDE an Oak Tree:
Long splinters enveloped Helen, forcing her to remain completely still or risk impaling herself on one of them. She was trapped inside the trunk of a tree that sat alone in the middle of a dry, dead scrubland. If she breathed too deeply, the long splinters pricked her. Her arms were twisted behind her and her legs folded up uncomfortably underneath her, tilting her torso forward. One long splinter was lined up directly with her right eye. If her head moved forward while she struggled to break free—if she even let it sag a little with fatigue—her eye would be stabbed out.
Write a story of 100 words or fewer in which a character is trapped in a confined space.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with DreamlessFlash and DreamFlash3 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.
Tag your story by 11:59p.m. ET on June 1. The Figment team will choose the 20 best entries from the entire week and send them to Josephine, who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive copies of Dreamless, Starcrossed, and a $15 Amazon gift card. For every daily prompt, the Figment team will also choose one winning entry. Each of those five writers will receive a copy of Dreamless as well as the first book in the series, Starcrossed.