Transcendence Flash-Fiction Week: Day Three

In C.J. Omololu’s novel Transcendence, Cole Ryan thinks she’s just your average teenage cello prodigy. That is, until she meets a handsome stranger, Griffon, who turns her life upside down. He tells Cole that she’s an Akhet—one of an elite group of people who can see their past lives. Most are good and use their collected wisdom to promote positive things, like world peace. But there are rogue Akhets bent on avenging past wrongs . . . violently. How is Cole supposed to know who’s friend or foe?

To continue this week’s flash-fiction contest, we’re traveling back to 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). In 100 words or less, write a story set during this historical period.

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
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with TranscendenceContest and Omololu3 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.

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5 thoughts on “Transcendence Flash-Fiction Week: Day Three

  1. Can we write about something a tad earlier than the given dates? I have an idea concerning Giovanni Boccaccio, a crucial figure of the Italian Rennaisance, but he wrote during the 1300s

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