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.
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!