When Evie O’Neil boarded the train from Zenith, Ohio to the Big Apple, she knew she was about to enter a whole new world. But nothing could have prepared her for the Museum of Creepy Crawlies.
Officially the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, the old institution—run by her uncle Will—is full of all manner of mysterious items and rich in the history of things that go bump in the night. But in 1926, the museum isn’t the only creepy place in New York. Something evil is terrorizing the city, and the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies might hold the key to destroying it.
Your challenge: In 150 words or less, write a story that includes one of the following items from the Museum of Creepy Crawlies:
— A Voudon doll
— A bone fragment
— A crystal ball
— A Freemason’s tools
— A ventriloquist’s dummy
— The Diary of Mercy Prowd, Salem Witch
You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 1, 2012 to enter the contest. Figment editors will choose one grand-prize winner to receive a copy of The Diviners signed by Libba Bray and a Figment t-shirt. First and second runners-up will receive copies of The Diviners.
How to enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or less.
5. Tag your writing with DivinersMuseum 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.