It’s the last day of the Unbreak My Heart flash fiction week!
Clem has had a rough few months: her best friend won’t speak to her and the boy she was crushing on turned out to be a little bit of a jerk. She’s resigned herself to a summer of moping and listening to music as she sails down the Illinois River with her family, but then she literally runs into James, a goofy-cute redhead, at a dockside store.
When most people hear Clem’s name, they think of the song “Oh, My Darlin’.” But James has a different song in mind when he meets Clem: “Clementine,” by Elliott Smith.
Write a story of 150 words or fewer inspired by “Clementine,” by Elliot Smith.
I came here for one thing: “Clementine” by Elliott Smith.
When I start to listen to it, I like the soft sound of his guitar and the edge of pain in his voice. It’s definitely a riff on the original song—he keeps singing “Dreadful sorry, Clementine,” and something about things being wrong. But it’s got this hopeful sound to it, too, and I love hearing my name in a new song that I hadn’t known about. You know how hearing your name in a song can make you swoon just a little bit? Yeah, that’s happening.
— Unbreak My Heart, Melissa Walker
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with UnbreakMyHeart and UnbreakFlash5 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 Friday, June 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter. The Figment team will choose the 10 best entries from the entire week and send them to Melissa, who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive a copy of Unbreak My Heart , a copy of Small Town Sinners,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 Unbreak My Heart and a copy of Small Town Sinners.