Personal Effects Flash-Fiction Contest

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie is the story of Matt Foster, a 17-year-old boy struggling to make sense of his brother’s death. Matt believes that if he can just get T.J.’s personal effects from Iraq, he could come to terms with things. But going through his brother’s stuff only leads to more questions. And Matt will stop at nothing to find the answers.

We’re hosting a weekend flash-fiction contest inspired by Matt’s story in Personal Effects. Your challenge: In 500 words or less, write a scene where someone discovers something completely unexpected about a person they thought they knew well.

You have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012 to enter the contest. Figment editors will choose five winners who will each receive hardcover and audiobook editions of Personal Effects.

How to enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of under 500 words.
5. Tag your writing with PersonalContest on the Details tab.
6 . Press “Publish Now.”
7. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

Contest Entries

  • Red_abstract
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    The Outside

    The Outside leaves more questions unanswered as Laurie is left to question where her mother's heart really lies.

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    Our last winter night

    Dear Aiden, I hope this letter finds you well, I never meant to lose you, and I'm sorry for all I said that night, I miss you, you whe…

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  • Doily
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    The Attic

    Alice's grandma is dead and left her the attic. Secrets are just begging to be found. For a contest.

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  • The_heart
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    This Burning Feeling

    My Entry to the "Personal Effects" contest. Dark and creepy, yet revealing. This just goes to show how madness can disguise itself in …

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  • Winter-trees-10
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    Closer

    A young couple turn out to be closer than they realized.

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  • Diamond(1)
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    Crystal Clear

    You may think you know someone, but do you really?

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  • True blue
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    True Blue

    *For the Personal Effects Contest!* Gabriella (Ella) Blue's life is about to be turned upside down. Her best friend, Caroline Sutton,…

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  • Images-2
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    Frogs' Spots

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  • Queen of hearts
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    Queen of Hearts

    Kasey Hampton's daughter is not who she seems.

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  • Doily
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    Prom Night

    Stella Felidorio is just a normal high-school girl, with one wish: to look absolutely stunning at Prom. But when her dress is ruined …

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    Fragments

    You’re told that life isn’t just the big picture – it’s made up of tiny, fleeting moments. Fragmented puzzle pieces. But you decided a…

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  • Cover7
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    Dear Mom

    A teen writes letters to her mom who she thinks is fighting a war.

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