Because It Is My Blood Flash-Fiction Contest: Day 5

Anya Balanchine wants to follow the straight and narrow, but her mafia family is making it difficult. And so is the pesky D.A. who is trying to prevent Anya from dating his son Win. Everyone seems to have it out for Anya, and she is forced to leave New York for a cacao farm in Mexico. On the lam, she has to take a new name and keep her life in New York a secret.

Inspired by Anya, 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.

Saturday’s Prompt (9/29): In 150 words or fewer, write a scene about the secret: You’ve run away from home. Tag your story MyBloodFlash and BloodFlash5.

Read the full instructions below, and get writing!

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with MyBloodFlash on the Details tab. Tag your writing BloodFlash5.
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.

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5 thoughts on “Because It Is My Blood Flash-Fiction Contest: Day 5

  1. Hi! I wrote a story for this contest and tagged it a few hours ago, but it doesn’t seem to be up yet. I triple checked and the tags are correct and the story is 150 words. Is there anything else I might be able to do?

    Thanks so much! :3

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