Pushing the Limits Short Story Contest

Katie McGarry’s new novel, Pushing the Limits, is all about finding love in unexpected places. Echo Emerson used to be a popular girl with a hot jock boyfriend. But a mysterious event left her scarred—both emotionally and physically—and now she’s an outsider. Noah Hutchins is a girl-using loner. Oh yeah, and he happens to be ridiculously hot. The two shouldn’t even be friends, let alone fall in love. And yet, Noah is different. He’s understanding and protective, and Echo can’t deny their smoldering chemistry.

Inspired by Noah and Echo’s relationship, we’ve got a great writing challenge for you! In 1,200 words or less, write a story where opposites attract.

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 PushingtheLimits 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, August 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Wednesday, August 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Katie McGarry for judging!

The grand prize winner will receive The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, and The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa; Legacy, Allegiance, and Sacrifice (an Advanced Reader Copy) by Cayla Kluver; The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter; The Girl in Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross; and an Advanced Read Copy of Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter.

The second place winner will receive The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, and The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa; The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter; and Advanced Read Copies of Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter and Speechless by Hannah Harrington.

The third place winner will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of Speechless by Hannah Harrington; Crave by Melissa Darnell; The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter; The Girl in Steel Corset by Kady Cross; and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

Contest Entries

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    Opposites Attract

    Kendra Swede was always the one to stay with tradition, especially in high school where you're social status meant everything. So how …

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    Imaginary Friends

    Our Imaginary friends are always with us.

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    Just a Phase

    An entry to the Pushing the Limits contest - please heart and comment! Enjoy! :)

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    The Gardener

    For the Pushing the Limits Contest <3 Andy lost his brother and mother in a massacre who shot over 20 people in his school, leaving …

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    Isabelle is waiting for Josh to apologize. Josh is waiting for Isabelle to forgive.

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    A Pairing Of The Unwanted

    In a time of war, fate unexpectedly brings two opposites together. ***************************************************************…

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    He May Not Be From Here, But He's Mine

    ©2012 Pushing The Limits entry. It didn't win anything, but I really like this story. It's fully finished now, so you know what happ…

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    (Written for the PushingtheLimits contest.) He'd been expecting this. It was in his very nature to yield to the pull of this partic…

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    My Nessa

    Jamie is a prince of Olympus. He is soon to be King of Mars and the God of War, but he does not care about any of it. He has fallen in…

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    The Truth

    A girl meets and falls for a mysterious boy who is the exact opposite of her Cover by Amzie/Dottie.

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    For the "Pushing the Limits" Contest. You shouldn't judge someone before you get to know them

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    His Eyes

    A short story written for the *Pushing the Limits* contest about opposites that attract so please please please heart it if you like …

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42 thoughts on “Pushing the Limits Short Story Contest

  1. I have two questions:

    Can the characters be fictional/have fictional features or does it have to be realistic?

    Can the setting be set in a earlier time period or does it have to be modern day?

  2. Is it OK if we use an idea from a previously submitted (for a different contest) story? Obviously it won’t be exactly the same, but like characters, setting, and storyline are similar, but the scene used will be different…

  3. It doesn’t have to be about love right? Opposites attract, such as people with different personalities. Does that work? ^^”

  4. I was just wondering, is the entire contest based off the hearts you get?
    Because I don’t have very many followers, and not a lot of people on FIgment know I exist.
    I was just wondering because i’ve got less hearts than most people.

  5. I was wondering (this kind of applies to all contests), is mild swearing allowed? I mean words like ‘shit’ and ‘damn’. I took them out in case, but if I don’t have to I’d like to put them back. 😛

  6. So for the entry can you use real people. Like a real celeberity or do you have to make up one. Because I did and if it wont qualify I can change it, but at the beginning I left a reader’s note about this not really being true. I really love one direction and the guy i put in the book is liam payne. So i just need to know if it will qualify.

  7. Do we have to adhere strictly to the terms “opposites attract”? For example, they definitely have very different personalities, but do they have to be complete polar opposites with absolutely no similarities and therefore attract? Would we be disqualified if they weren’t complete polar opposites…?

  8. Is it possible that a finalist could have 0 hearts? Do the finalist have to have the most hearts then all the other stories?

    • The finalists will be the most-hearted stories. Please refer to the official rules for more details about the voting and judging process!

    • In order to host contests in Quebec, Figment would need to operate in both French and English. Until we do, we can’t host contests for the Quebecois!

  9. Is it possible for me to participate even if I’m not living in the US or in Canada :/? Simply for the fun of it?

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