The Princess of Iowa Flash-Fiction Contest Finalists!

Paige Sheridan has the money. Paige Sheridan has the style. Then Paige Sheridan got in a drunk-driving accident, and everything changed.

In M. Molly Backes’s The Princesses of Iowa, homecoming court shoo-in Paige Sheridan has a close encounter with death, and everyone around her begins to view her differently: her friends ignore her, her boyfriend becomes distant, and her younger sister wants nothing to do with her. It seems that Paige’s place on the homecoming court isn’t such a sure thing anymore. But does that even matter?

As Paige begins to question the hierarchy on which she’s based her life, she must figure out who she is if she’s not a homecoming court princess.

Inspired by Paige’s conflict, we asked you to write a scene in 200 words or fewer in which a character feels a threat to something very important to him or her. And write you did! Many of the entries were fantastic, but we could only choose 10. These finalists will be sent to M. Molly Backes’s herself for judging. Check out the stories below, and wish these Figs luck!

Weak by Sabrina Anne

Paper Airplanes by Brenna Helquist

At Dusk by Angela Pupino

Childish Dreams by T.X.Jaine

The Family by BlueberryAttack

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias by Julia Warner

Sisterly Bonds by Lisa Miller

Would It Be So Bad? by Kirsten

Changing Seasons by Mime

One Faded Summer by Carly Gordon

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.

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

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