The catalyst for Lara Avery’s debut novel, Anything But Ordinary, is a freak accident at the Olympic trials that leaves Bryce Graham, a 17-year-old platform diver, in a coma. Having lost all hope that she’ll ever wake up, her family, her best friend, and even her boyfriend eventually move on. Then, five years later, Bryce opens her eyes. At the very beginning of the novel, Bryce wakes up in the hospital and discovers she’s missed her senior year of high school—and half a decade of her life.
Will she get back together with her boyfriend, even though he’s engaged to someone else? Will she reconnect with her high school friends, who now have college friends of their own? Can she even begin to get to know her 12-year-old sister, who’s now 17—the age Bryce was when her life suddenly stopped?
Inspired by the many questions asked in Anything But Ordinary, we’re hosting a short-story contest. Your challenge: Get inside the head of a character who, like Bryce, awakens after years in a coma. In 1,200 words or less, write a story about that character and someone he or she has just been reunited with. What has changed—and what has stayed the same?
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 AnythingButContest 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 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Lara Avery for judging!
The grand prize winner will receive Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery, BETA by Rachel Cohn, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, Carter’s Unfocused, One Track Mind by Brent Crawford, and False Memory by Dan Krokos.
The second prize winner will receive Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery, Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton by Leila Rasheed (not out until January 2013) and Poison by Bridget Zinn (which won’t be released until Spring 2013).
The third prize winner will receive Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery.