Everyone has secrets. Some are small and some are whoppers. Anya Balanchine definitely has a few. For one thing, her brother is hiding out from the law—in Japan. It seems as if people are keeping secrets from her, too. What’s up with her cousin and his overly friendly wife? Are they really trustworthy?
Inspired by Anya and her secrets, we’re hosting a weeklong flash-fiction contest! Each day we’ll be giving you a new secret. Your challenge: In 150 words or fewer, write a short scene about the secret.
You have 24 hours to enter a story in response to the prompt. You can enter one story for each day’s prompt. (If you respond to multiple prompts over the course of the challenge, those stories do not have to be related.)
The Figment editors will choose the 10 best entries from the entire week and send them to Gabrielle, who will choose one grand-prize winner. The grand-prize winner will receive an e-reader loaded with the first two books in The Birthright series (All These Things I’ve Done and Because It Is My Blood). Five daily winners will each receive a signed copy of Because It Is My Blood.
Read the full instructions below, and get writing!
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with MyBloodFlash on the Details tab. Tag your writing BloodFlash2.
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.