It’s that time of year again. You’ve got a backpack full of fresh school supplies. You’ve got the perfect first day outfit. You’ve memorized your new schedule and finished your summer reading (hopefully). The days are longer, the evenings, cooler. It’s time to go back to school.
To ease you back into the school routine, we’re hosting a weeklong school-themed flash-fiction contest!
Every day at midnight, we’ll give you a new flash-fiction prompt right here on this page. Check it out, and in 150 words or less write a short story about going back to school.
Prompts will be posted at 12:00 a.m. ET everyday from Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31. You have 24 hours to enter a story in response to the prompt. 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.)
The Figment editors will choose one winning response to each day’s prompt; that story’s writer will receive a super secret surprise book and their story will be featured on the Figment homepage!
Monday’s Prompt (8/27): Write a story that takes place on the front steps of a high school. Tag your story BacktoSchoolFlash and SchoolFlash1. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 27 to enter.
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 withBacktoSchoolFlash on the Details tab. Tag your writing SchoolFlash1, SchoolFlash2, SchoolFlash3, SchoolFlash4, or SchoolFlash5, 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.