In Lisa M. Stasse’s The Forsaken, 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.
Inspired by The Forsaken, we challenged you to write a story about someone who committed a crime, someone accused of a crime they didn’t commit, or someone in prison. The entry period has ended, but now you get to help choose the winner! Make sure your favorites get noticed by voting in The Forsaken short story contest!
Voting will run until 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 2. The top 10 most-hearted finalists will be sent to Lisa M. Stasse 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.
What are you waiting for, Figgies? Get voting!