October Mourning Flash-Fiction Poetry Contest

Lesléa Newman was scheduled to speak at the University of Wyoming’s Gay Awareness Week just five days after student Matthew Shepherd was savagely murdered in the small town of Laramie. It was an event that shook the college—and the nation—to the core. How could such evil exist in the world?

Lesléa was so upset by the event, she sat down and wrote October Mourning, a novel-in-verse that imagines the horrific last night of Matthew Shepherd’s life. The poems are told through various points of view, including the fence that Matthew was tied to, and the stars and moon that watched from overhead.

We’re hosting a weekend flash-fiction contest inspired by Lesléa Newman’s novel-in-verse. Your challenge: In 500 words or less, write a poem inspired by an event that made the national news in the last year.

You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 1, 2012 to enter the contest. Figment editors will choose five winners who will each receive hardcover and audiobook editions of October Mourning.

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 MourningContest 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.

Please note updated tag: MourningContest

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11 thoughts on “October Mourning Flash-Fiction Poetry Contest

  1. I’m sorry, is this the same contest as the Mourning Challenge? I have my pantoum, but it is not about a tragic event because that’s not what the contest was.

  2. It doesn’t say anything about editing an entry once it’s been posted, so I fixed the un-edited version of my poem – which posted, for some reason – but hopefully I didn’t disqualify myself? 😐

  3. Aw, sad…just realized the deadline was Eastern Time….any chance my submission will be accepted, submitted at 11pm Pacific Time? Out in California here. 🙂

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