Anything But Ordinary Short-Story Contest

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.

 

Contest Entries

  • Mgetbg8
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    The Waking Curse

    Emily Tillfin has been in a coma for five years, but now that she's awake she's quickly learning that five years is all it takes for e…

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  • Annabell
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    Annabell

    Seven years has passed since Annabell, last seen her fiance.

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  • Wide awake cover
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    Wide Awake

    Entry for the Anything But Ordinary Competition. If you have an entry too let me know, I'm happy to do swaps on any of my work!

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  • Too many candles
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    New Hope

    When Piper wakes up out of a five year coma she faces a struggle to find an identity in a world she no longer knows, and comes face to…

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  • Boy-boyfriends-cute-girl-laying-favim_com-300715
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    Awakened

    *For the Anything But Ordinary Contest - Top 10 finalist.* A single night can change your life forever. A single moment can take your…

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  • Image
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    Inside the eye of the beholder

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  • Cover-normal
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    Love Conquers All

    Love Conquers All, even if that does mean you're some type of creature who has blue breath, has an owner & could be immortal--maybe. C…

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    Risparmiare

    "I remember you...You said you loved me. And then you tried to kill me."

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  • Images
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    Awaken

    Jamie Stimson had it all, that is until a car accident landed her in a coma. But when she wakes up six years later she finds that ever…

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  • Blinkmockcover
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    Blink

    what happens when you wake up from a year long coma and see your best friend for the first time?

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  • 34465931
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    Vampire's end.

    Vampire Lord Marcus has just awaken after 1,000 of being asleep, with the world destroyed and his clan scattered around,he has no idea…

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  • Angel_cat_by_lovelife99
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    Purrs Awakening

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23 thoughts on “Anything But Ordinary Short-Story Contest

  1. Can we switch point of views if we want? Like do half from the coma patients POV and then half from the person she reunites with? Or should it all be in the coma patients POV?

  2. This is the best prompt for a contest ever! I’m definitely willing to put in the work (since it’s most-hearted). Hopefully I don’t waste my time though /:

    • All our author challenges and newsletter contests are non-heart based (we have one of each of those running now!) Most of our flash fiction contests are also staff-judged.

    • As long as you’re answering the prompt, you’re set! If you’re worried that you’re not following the prompt, your best bet is better safe than sorry!

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