The False Memory Short Story Contest

Dan Krokos‘s new novel, False Memory, tells the story of a group of genetically-enhanced teenagers who have the power to incite panic in everyone around them. Teens who frighten people might not be anything new (just ask your parents!) but these teens have something that make them a legitimate threat: all four are fierce fighters.

Their leader/father figure, Dr. Tycast, has been in charge of their training since childhood and, as a result, the foursome are close friends with killer skills. Inspired by the tight-knit teens, we’ve got a writing contest for you!

Your challenge: Write a story of 1,200 words or less about a team, told from the perspective of one of the following:
· The adult leader of a group
· A teen who is the weakest member of the team
· A teen thrust into a leadership role he or she doesn’t want

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with FalseMemoryContest 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 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Wednesday, September 5 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Dan Krokos for judging!

The Grand Prize winner will receive The Enemy by Charlie Higson, The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas, The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade, and False Memory by Dan Krokos!

Two runners-up will each receive a copy of False Memory by Dan Krokos.

Contest Entries

  • Mr_monster
    • 2
    • 1

    Be Careful What You Wish For

    An entry for the FalseMemoryContest, this is the diary of a girl who wanted to be a better leader. Her wish was granted, but not in th…

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  • Dragonegg
    • 19
    • 4

    Dragon's Egg

    My entry for the False Memory contest. Tried to make it different

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  • Pensdown
    • 6
    • 0

    Pens Down

    For the False Memory Contest. Amazing cover by Amzie/Dottie.

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  • Wingedone
    • 1
    • 0

    I was weaker

    Sybil's torture after the Big Battle. Read the longer version to find out what happens.

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  • Mr_monster
    • 7
    • 0

    Monster Hunters

    *For the False Memory contest* When humans and monsters don't get along, the team of half monsters, half humans, are there to help. Le…

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  • 56082be33c82908cacc7d08531eeeb00
    • 101
    • 18

    Rise Beyond Me

    [False Memory Contest RUNNER UP: FINISHED] For two years, Justin has followed the White Rider Liz Elestir, but while Liz recovers from…

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  • Pick me
    • 34
    • 6

    Pick Me

    Olivia is the newest pickpocket in a troupe of kids who make a living by stealing from the pockets of adults. But Olivia is the weakes…

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  • Andrea flower
    • 0
    • 0

    The Fighter

    Lilith Raine life is falling apart her boyfriend is dead saving her and her team of spys. And she is offered his job because it's stat…

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  • Cover-normal
    • 0
    • 0

    Code-Seven vs. Dr. Ordler

    Limit1200 False Memory Contest entry. The story of Code-Seven, a group of teen Abilitants brought together by the Society to fight …

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  • The_heart
    • 71
    • 23

    Kindful Symmetry

    "Hugo owns and operates a shelter now, for runaway teenagers. Specifically runaway teenagers with superpowers. Yes, superpowers exist …

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  • Justthreedaysagocover
    • 1
    • 0

    Just Three Days Ago

    *Cover by Faith Mellark-Hayes! :D Join her group, "Profile Pictures, Covers, and More!"* ***PLEASE HEART, FOR FALSE MEMORY CONTEST!***

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  • Soldier_by_gryphart
    • 85
    • 25

    Argalei: The King's Betrayal

    After the death of Lieutenant General Zefin Redwing, nineteen-year-old Valion is forced to assume his brother's power over The Chaser …

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51 thoughts on “The False Memory Short Story Contest

  1. Does this have to be in first person, or can it be in third person limited? I did mine in the latter point of view, so I just wanted to clarify.

  2. Gonna try it! Not gonna get ANY hearts probably but you know it’ll be fun (unless I actually get no hearts)

  3. I was wondering if I can put the story in different people’s perspective. I am doing one about the weakest link and I want to know if it is possible to write in the other groups point of view.

    • The prompt says the entry should be “told from the perspective of one of the following:
      · The adult leader of a group
      · A teen who is the weakest member of the team
      · A teen thrust into a leadership role he or she doesn’t want”

      If you’re concerned your entry doesn’t comply with these prompts, your best bet is to stick to the prompt.

  4. I’m not entering this contest because of the heart based judging system. The very popular writers get the hearts even if the stories aren’t wonderful, then they get more hearts because they have a few hearts, and so on. Some writers who are very good don’t get hearts because they don’t like wall swaps, or don’t believe in heart swaps. The hearts system doesn’t work, and I don’t think that I will be entering any contests in the future because of the unfairness.

    • I don’t see it that way at all. Anyone can write a good piece and make it to the top ten; they can win on skills and determination alone. I’m not a popular writer, but I’m willing to work hard and do real swaps, not just heartswaps, in order to make it to the top ten, where the talent portion will come in. Who knows if I’ll win then? But the important thing is, I know I’ve given it my best shot through hard work -swaps, promotions- and made it as far as I can. It helps me improve myself as a writer, and it encourages me to work harder.

  5. I was gonna consider joining until they said “most-hearted”
    Been there, done that and no matter what anyone says, it’s unfair. Sorry to break it to any of you hopefuls. I was once you until I realized the corruption going on in these heart-based contests.

  6. Can we combine two of the prompts? Like the weekest member of a team is thrust into a leadership role? Or can we only pick one?

  7. just a quick question before i forget to ask, aside from writing about a team in the perspective of one of the following:
    · The adult leader of a group
    · A teen who is the weakest member of the team
    · A teen thrust into a leadership role he or she doesn’t want

    is their really i specific story line we need to write/base it on? and does it have to be in first person or can i switch back and forth between thrid?

  8. Can the story be related to two of the topics? My entry is related to being the weakest link and not accepting the role of leader forced upon her. Is that okay?

  9. Emily:
    why, in a years+ time, have you and your crew not addressed the “whoring for hearts” way the majority of your contests run? All writing should be based on the quality of the writing, the story, the flow…but, instead, it’s all about who can get more friends people to like/heart a story. I would be here more often-and spread the word-if there was a semblance of good writing being rewarded.

    I just don’t understand why this is still going on.

    • Hey Stuart-

      We strive to offer a diverse range of contests judged many ways. We offer flash-fiction contests that are not hearts-based, as well as newsletter and forum contests. At this time, it is unfeasible for us to run longer fiction contests without the hearts system, but again, we host frequent flash contests to cater to people who are uninterested in hearts-based voting. Because of the sheer quantity of entries that we get, it is nearly impossible for us to host long contests where we read every entry, ans so it is highly unlikely that we will get rid of all hearts contests.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.


  10. Um… I’m confused about how you know when you’re in the contest. I tagged my story with the right tag and I just got the notification that I got in like a week after I published it. Is that normal or… i dunno. I was just confused about it.

  11. Hey, I was wondering if you can still modify your story after it’s already been entered? Or can you only change the description? Or nothing at all? It’s just that I have a few spelling erros I didn’t notice before and I would like change a couple things out in my description. Is that allowed?

    • According to the official rules “Once submitted, Entry cannot be modified.” You may alter the cover and description, which are not part of the entry itself.

  12. I wrote my story in like a hour and a half. It was so much fun, I was really into it. I hope I get hearts but if I don’t it was still worth the time.

  13. is it okay if it is only a mere 113 words over the limit? because this is the case with me, and i would be ruining my story if i made it even a tiny bit shorter

    • Hey-

      Unfortunately we must be strict about the word limit in order to be fair. I’m sure you can find a few words to edit out! Make it work 🙂

  14. Are we allowed to change perspectives, what I mean by that is can the view point change from character to charater or does it have to be only one?

  15. Is there a way to view the entries on my iPhone? I can’t seem to find them, or a link, when using the mobile browser.

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