We’ve all felt like outsiders at one time or another. Whether you’re a prepster in a sea of punk rockers or a nerdfighter at a Worldsuck convention, it can be really lonely to feel like you can’t connect with those around you. It’s even worse when you feel like that with your own family.
Beatrice Bernstein, the main character of Nora Zelevansky’s debut novel, Semi-Charmed Life, has never felt like she fit in with her parents and sister. Her mother is a museum curator, her father is an artist, and her older sister—a Proust scholar—runs a well-regarded literary magazine. Beatrice would rather be watching trashy TV (Jersey Shore, anyone?) and eating junk food (both forbidden in the Bernstein household). She might love her family, but she definitely doesn’t relate to them.
Inspired by Beatrice’s own outsider status, we’ve got an exciting writing challenge for you! In 1,200 words or less, write a story where the main character is radically different from the people around him or her.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with SemiCharmedContest 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 Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 11:59p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Nora Zelevansky, the author of Semi-Charmed Life, will choose a winner from the top-voted finalists.
First prize winner will receive a copy of Semi-Charmed Life, an advanced reader copy of Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones (not out until October!), and a copy of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver.
Third prize winner will receive a copy of Semi-Charmed Life.