Fifteen-year-olds Eva and Addie share the same body, but by this point, they should have “settled.” Their parents, teachers, and doctors believe that Eva has faded away—only Addie knows she’s there. For three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life, unable to move the body she inhabits. Then Addie and Eva meet someone who could help Eva learn to move again. It’s risky: Hybrids are are considered a danger to society and if they get caught, Eva could disappear for good. But for Eva the chance to move in her own body—to dance and sing and speak—are worth the risks.
Inspired by Addie and Eva’s struggles in What’s Left of Me, we’ve got a short-story contest for you! Your challenge: In 1,200 words or less, write a story about someone who has to hide some aspect of their identity.
Three runners-up will receive each receive a copy of What’s Left of Me.
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 HybridContest 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, October 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Tuesday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Kat Zhang for judging!