What’s Left of Me Short-Story Contest

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang is set in a world where two souls are born into one body. Society has determined that one of these souls should fade away, but what happens when one won’t disappear?

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.

One grand prize winner will receive a Caran d’Ache Graphite Line gift box and a Cachet Soho Sketch Book, and a copy of What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang.

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!



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18 thoughts on “What’s Left of Me Short-Story Contest

  1. Aww, come on! Another heart one? This one has a good topic so I’ll join but I’m not gonna get to far into the competition…again.

    • I agree with you. Stupid heart-based contests. They’re popularity contests, and only those with 10,000 followers win! Totally stupid. Us figmenters should all go on strike and not enter any of the contests until it changes (like that’ll happen–but it’s a nice thought).

      • I fear that literature will become nothing but a popularity contest! That is not literature! Literature is not about hearts and whatever they have in mind to force us to ask people to heart in exchange for a swap. Hello a heart doesn’t equal to a great, one-of-a-kind, unforgettable story!

    • Hearts are by NO means a way of accurately judging the value of a piece of literature. Some of the winning pieces I’ve read are incredibly far below par. So far they’re buried in the Mariana Trench or something. Okay they’re not so bad, but seriously, the hearts thing doesn’t give unknown, talented writers a chance to be recognized for their efforts. And that makes me sad.

  2. I agree. I HATE wall swaps and heart contests, but I guess now I’m gonna have to promote b/c I like the prompt. I have 13 freaking followers. It’s not like I’ll win. But we need to talk to Figment about it.

    • U r so right!! it’s not fair! I was in a contest a while back and I lost getting into the top ten by 5 or 10 hearts!! so not fair!

  3. There’s a lot of “heart hate” which is completely founded. My biggest worry? How often Figment is embarrassed when they forward the most-hearted finalists; only to hear, “This is the best your site can come up with?” I’m sure it’s been thought, if not spoken.

  4. I know it takes a lot of work to do non heart based contests. But I wish they didn’t do those, once your story is off the first page, unless you have like 500 followers, you don’t have a chance.

  5. I stopped doing contests for this one reason. Heart based. It isn’t fair and it is becoming a popularity contest. And those with the most followers doesn’t mean they are the best stories, its because they have more people. Someone out there is probably a great writer (not that none of you are) but can’t get their desired fame because of others who are writers and have the most followers. This sucks and I’m only entering this because I really like the prompt and I am not going to win cause i have nowhere decent following numbers But oh well.

  6. I totally agree with you guys. I’m new to figment and heard of the site from this contest. I added my story on the last entry day and had to introduce my story to so many people! It’s nearly impossible to get your story out there! I got a good majority of people to read it in 9 days, but it was exhausting. I barely had the time. Next time, I plan on doing non-heart based contests.

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