Glenn Morgan doesn’t believe in magic. Her reality is complicated enough. Her mother disappeared when she was six, and her scientist father spends all of his time working on a mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams of one day living and doing research on a distant planet.
But when her father is arrested, Glenn and her friend Kevin Kapoor are forced to flee across the Rift and into an unknown land. On the other side they discover an amazing world they never expected—the Magisterium—and Glenn is forced to reexamine her beliefs. Maybe magic really does exist?
In the Magisterium, magic is referred to as Affinity. Someone with an Affinity has a close spiritual relationship to something in the environment. It can be anything: fire, water, the moon, an animal, etc. Whatever a person’s Affinity is, they are able to commune with it and control it.
Inspired by the magical world of Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you! Your challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about the day a character discovers their Affinity. (Be sure to consider the world where this story happens. Does everyone have an Affinity? Or maybe just a lucky few? Did your character believe in Affinity beforehand? Did they get the Affinity they wanted?)
The second-prize winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Magisterium.
The third-prize winner will receive a signed copy of Magisterium.
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 AffinityContest 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 Tuesday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Wednesday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Jeff Hirsch for judging!