In C.J. Omololu’s novel Transcendence, Cole Ryan is on a normal family vacation to England when she has some not-so-normal visions. Standing with her sister at the Tower of London, she has a sudden flashback to Tudor England—where she’s about to be beheaded. The vision is so terrifying, she faints—practically into the arms of the handsome and mysterious Griffon.
Griffon’s not just a cute boy who happens to be at the right place at the right time. He’s also an Akhet, a member of an elite group of people who can see their past lives. And it turns out Cole is one, too.
In the spirit of Transcendence, we’re hosting a week-long flash-fiction contest. Each day, we’ll be giving you a new historical setting based on one of Cole or Griffon’s past lives. Your challenge: In 100 words or less, write a story based on the setting.
6/18 Prompt: Tudor England, 1485 to 1603. This era included the reign of Henry VIII (famous for executing two of his six wives) and his daughter Elizabeth I (the so-called Virgin Queen). Shakespeare was writing plays and the masses were flocking to the Globe Theatre to see them. Outbreaks of the “Black Death” pandemic were frequent, due in part to a huge flea-infested rat population that overran London.
6/20 Prompt: Renaissance Italy (1490–1600). Home of Machiavelli and Michelangelo. This was an amazing age for art (see the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus) and science (including achievements from Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo). Tag your writing with TranscendenceContest and Omololu3 on the Details tab.
6/21 Prompt: Golden Age of the Indian Empire, 320 to 550 CE. This was era of great achievement in arts and sciences, including the invention of the decimal system and the concept of zero, and not to mention the game of chess. Indian philosophers first proposed that the world was not flat, but round. Tag your writing with TranscendenceContest and Omololu4 on the Details tab.
6/22 Prompt: 1890s San Francisco, when the bustling port town was known for its thriving arts scene and gorgeous mansions. The city was wealthy, thanks in part to the California Gold Rush. Entrepreneurs, including Levi Strauss and Domingo Ghirardelli opened businesses to cater to San Francisco’s rapidly growing population (it was the eighth largest city at the time). Tag your writing with TranscendenceContest and Omololu5 on the Details tab.
You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday June 22, 2012 to enter. The Figment team will choose the 10 best entries from the entire week and send them to C.J., who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive a copy of Transcendence and an Ankh necklace. For every daily prompt, the Figment team will also choose one winning entry. Each of those five writers will receive a copy of Transcendence.
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 TranscendenceContest and Omololu1 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.
UPDATE: The tag TranscendenceFlashContest has been changed to TranscendenceContest. Your entries will still be counted if they include the tag Omololu1.