“Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.”
But what if you didn’t do the crime . . . yet?
Alenna is an orphan living in the authoritarian United Northern Alliance (formerly Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.A.). At 16, she’s forced to take a government-mandated personality test that determines she has a “high capacity for rebellious behavior and brutal violence.” Alenna is exiled to The Wheel—an island where the worst of the worst potential criminals are sent—even though she’s been nothing but obedient her entire life.
The Wheel is a place of violence and chaos. An open civil war is raging, and government machines called Feelers snatch kids from their self-made homes. Alenna and her fellow prisoners eventually come up with a dangerous plan for escape. Will Alenna manage to break free, or will she remain forsaken?
Inspired by The Forsaken, we’ve got a new short story contest for you! Your challenge: In 1,200 words or less, write a story from the perspective of one the following:
1. Someone who committed a crime.
2. Someone accused of a crime they didn’t commit.
3. Someone in prison.
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 ForsakenContest 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, July 27, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Thursday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Lisa M. Stasse herself for judging!
First prize winner will get a signed copy of The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, Changeling (with a signed bookplate!) by Philippa Gregory, Advanced Reader Copies of Tilt by Ellen Hopkins and 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues, and a copy of Blood Red Road by Moira Young.
Second prize winner will get a signed copy of The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, Changeling (with a signed bookplate!) by Philippa Gregory, an Advanced Reader Copy of The Blessed by Tonya Hurley, and a copy of This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel.