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

  • Dreamingjellyfish
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    Jellyfish

    "You can only push a person so far." Edited 9/23/12.

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  • H2ehlz55bxbledvs13xw5vag_128636349976599612_ohdaesu
    • 0
    • 0

    Centuries

    A land in the future... a future to be told for generations to come. Who would have known what started it all?

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  • Carved heart
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    • 0

    Personal Effects Contest Entry

    I hope you like this! Written for the Personal Effects Flash Fiction Contest. About losing a close friend, and realizing you didn't kn…

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  • In sickness and in health
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    • 4

    In Sickness and In Health

    ©2012 A memoir when I found out that my best friend, Sam, has asthma, and I found out over a frightening incident.

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  • Doily
    • 1
    • 0

    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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  • Carved heart
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    • 3

    Secrets

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  • Cover
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    • 2

    Echoes

    Life has many battles. Some overcome these battles. Some... don't.

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  • Carved heart
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    • 7

    Choke and Smile

    [NOT FOR SWAPS] Martina has never shown signs of weakness to anyone, and her best friend has long admired her for that. Fifteen years …

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  • Carved heart
    • 1
    • 0

    One Morning

    For the Personal Contest. Mary thought she knew Melissa well, until the morning she receives news that shatters that idea, for good.

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  • I thought i knew you cover
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    • 1

    I Thought I Knew You

    For the past year Annika thought Darvis, her best friend and boyfriend, was perfect. But that image is shattered after she accidently…

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  • Revenge
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    • 1

    Revenge

    *Not for swaps!* A game of truth or dare turns into a nasty way to get revenge. *For the Personal Effects contest, 500 word limit.

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  • Cover-normal
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    • 0

    Seeing Shadows

    500 words experiment-- Twins Thom and Liz have always been able to sense each other's feelings.....

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