Speechless Short-Story Contest

Chelsea Knot is a huge gossip. But one day, she takes it too far: She shares a juicy secret and someone almost dies. Overcome with guilt, Chelsea has to learn how to stop hurting the people around her. So she decides to take a vow of silence . . . one that will leave her vulnerable to the bullying of her classmates, but ultimately will help her find inner strength.

Hannah Harrington‘s new novel Speechless shows just how powerful words can be. And now we want you to do the same.

Inspired by Chelsea’s experiences, we’re hosting a short-story contest. In 1,200 words or less, write about a character who learns the power of words.

“Words matter—how we use them and how we don’t,” says Harrington. “Sometimes it is really difficult and even scary to speak up for what you believe is right, but it’s important to do. At the end of the day you answer to yourself, no one else, so you’ll be happy that you did.”

Will your character use words that help or words that hurt? It’s all up to you.

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 less.
4. Tag your writing with SpeechlessContest 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 Monday, September 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top 10 most-hearted finalists will be sent to Hannah Harrington for judging!

One grand prize winner will receive copies of Speechless and Saving June by Hannah Harrington, the Iron Fey box set by Julie Kagawa, and three yet-to-be-published new books from HarlequinTeen.

Two runners-up will receive copies of Speechless and Saving June by Hannah Harrington.

 

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55 thoughts on “Speechless Short-Story Contest

  1. hey can it be about how someone is effected by someone else’s powerful words? Or does it have to be the main character saying the helpful/hurtful words?

    • I know! This is a great prompt. They’re all most always heart based and it stinks. My entries almost never get any hearts. If you enter I’ll heart your entry if you heart mine. It’s called Killing Words.

      ~Haley

    • YES!! Exactly what I was thinking. I love the prompt, but don’t know if I will enter since I’m pretty new to figment and don’t have many followers so it’s going to be hard to get hearts.

      • You don’t need followers to get hearts! Be one of those copy and paste swappers. Ask people to read your story. Read other peoples stories like crazy. Just go around and campain! Anyone can do it.

  2. Can I use a character who is mute, but uses words on a piece of paper, or does the words have to be spoken aloud?

      • hey can it be about how someone is effected by someone else’s powerful words? Or does it have to be the main character saying the helpful/hurtful words?

        *I know I’ve already asked this, but I still haven’t got a reply on it while I’ve seen others have gotten replies while I’m still waiting…sorry, I’m not very patient ha ha!

  3. i haven’t received a pop up confirmation, and i’ve published it, and saved the details with the tab on it after it was published.

    • As long as your story is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest
      You’re entered!

    • Hey!!
      As long as your story is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest
      You’re entered!

  4. What happenes if you don’t get your confirmation pop-up for the contest, but you search for the tag “speechlesscontest” and your find yours among the other stories that have that tag? I tried re-typing the tag and saving it, but no pop-up. I think I’m entered in the contest, but I’m not sure. Help!

    • Hey Sade-
      As long as your story is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest
      You’re entered!

  5. I entered the contest and placed the tag on my entry but why has it not shown up yet? My entry is “Voice of the Wolf” can someone help?

    • As long as your entry is:
      -tagged correctly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest
      It should be showing up!

  6. Wow, this prompt is amazing!

    What is your policy about entering work that has already been written? Are we still able to enter it if we haven’t entered it in any other contest on Figment before?

    • Per the rules: “Submission must be an original work created solely by you, has not been previously published, and does not infringe upon any third-party copyrights or other intellectual property rights.”

      Your work must be created on Figment after the announcement of the contest. An old work tagged is not a valid entry.

  7. For some odd reason when I try to enter this contest my post doesn’t appear, even after two hours, what is going on?

  8. This page says there are no entries. Is there a problem? When I searched the tag, there were a few. Just wanted to let you know so you could fix it!

  9. Do they have to learn the power of words by speaking up, or can they learn the power of words by not speaking up and realizing what they could’ve done?

  10. I keep trying to submit my story for the SpeechlessContest, but I am getting no confirmation that it’s gone though? What do I do ?

  11. I don’t think Figment should have contests where the most-hearted stories get sent to be read. It’s hardly fair, and any writers who want their work to be heard will understand that. I think the contests should be like the DefytheDark contest, where they were all read by one person and she picked the best one, not a pick from the 10 most hearted entries.

  12. I just spent an hour putting my heart on paper for this contest and then I did a word count. Mine is 1,900. I’m so sad. I don’t know what I could remove without taking the power out of the story.

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