Sophie has grown up in two totally different worlds. She spends the school year living comfortably with her dad in the U.S. and her summers in the Congo, where her mom runs a sanctuary for bonobos. On a trip to visit her mom, she rescues a baby bonobo from a poacher. Sophie names the baby Otto and the two develop a deep bond. As Sophie settles into life at the sanctuary, she feels connected with the animals in a whole new way.
But the Congo is politically unstable, and when an armed revolution breaks out the sanctuary is attacked. Sophie and the bonobos escape into the jungle, where they struggle to to find food and stay alive.
Inspired by the harrowing adventures of Sophie and Otto, we have a short-story contest for you! Your challenge: In 1,200 words or less, write a story about someone who has to survive in the wilderness.
The third-place winner will receive a copy of Endangered.
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 EndangeredContest 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 Sunday, October 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Friday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top 10 most-hearted entries will be named finalists. Figment editors will choose three winners from the finalists.