They say Rome wasn’t built in a day. But what if those ancient city planners had three days? We’re challenging you to make like a Roman and build your own elaborate world like the one Sarah J. Maas created for her novel Throne of Glass. Maas’s fictional kingdom of Ardalan is rich in detail—the striking glass castle, the foreboding salt mines, and the eerie secret passageways—allowing the setting to become a character in its own right.
Every morning for the next three days, we’ll give you a new flash-fiction prompt right here on this page. Check it out, and in 150 words or less describe a small piece of your new universe.
Prompts will be posted at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, August 24; Saturday, August 25; and Sunday, August 26. You can enter one story for each day’s prompt. (If you respond to multiple prompts over the course of the challenge, those stories do not have to be related.)
You have until Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to all three prompts.
The Figment editors will choose one winning response to each day’s prompt; that story’s writer will receive a copy of Throne of Glass. We’ll also choose the five best stories overall to be featured on the Figment homepage!
Friday’s Prompt: Create a ruler for your fictional world and describe the place where the ruler lives. Tag your writing ThroneofFlash and GlassFlash1.
Read the full instructions below, and get writing!
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with ThroneofFlash on the Details tab. Tag your writing GlassFlash1, GlassFlash2, or GlassFlash3, depending on which prompt you’re answering.
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.