Do you believe in reincarnation? Maybe in a past life you were a Civil War soldier or a scullery maid in King Louis XV’s royal kitchen. Cole Ryan, the main character of C.J. Omololu’s new novel, Transcendence, is a little freaked when she begins to have frighteningly vivid hallucinations on a family trip to England. When she meets Griffon, a cute boy who seems wise beyond his years, he offers an explanation: Cole, like Griffon, is an Akhet, a member of an elite group of people who can see their past lives.
In honor of Cole’s powerful visions, we’re hosting a week of flash-fiction contests based on Cole and Griffon’s past lives. Today, we’re going way back in time to the 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. In 100 words or less, write a story based on this historical setting.
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 Omololu4 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.