Through to You Short-Story Contest

Camden Pike’s is overwhelmed by grief after his girlfriend, Viv, died in a car accident. He stops hanging out with friends and rarely goes to class. He spends most of his time hanging around the scene of the accident.

When Cam sees the ghost of a girl at the crash site, he’s convinced he’s losing his mind. The ghost is named Nina, but it turns out she’s not a ghost at all. She’s from a parallel reality—one where Viv is still alive. Camden can’t believe his dreams are coming true. But things are very different in this parallel reality and Viv is not the girl he fell in love with.

Inspired by Emily Hainsworth’s debut novel, Through to You, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you. What if you had a chance to go back and change something terrible that happened in your past? Imagine what you would change. Now imagine how your present would be different. Your challenge: Write a story (1,200 words or fewer) about getting a second chance. How would you change your past and how would it affect your present?

One grand-prize winner will receive a copy of Through to You by Emily Hainsworth and the classic time-travel adventure flick, Back to the Future.

Two runners-up will each receive copies of Through to You.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with ToYouContest 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 Wednesday, October 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Thursday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Emily Hainsworth for judging!

Contest Entries

  • Impact
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    Young love, a tragic accident, a second chance... My entry for the Through to You Contest. Please heart and comment! ^_^

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  • God
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    • 4

    God, I'm Sorry

    About losing my relationship to God and how I wish I could have it back. Cover design by Cait Cher.

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  • Smokerevengecover
    • 29
    • 5

    Vile Sisters

    A young woman wishing to go back in time to set things right . . . and succeeding.

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  • Rain
    • 0
    • 0

    If Only

    If only, if only there was a second chance. A chance where we could save people from the agony we bring upon them. This is for the…

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  • Red_abstract
    • 3
    • 0

    Fixing Ryker

    Jess wakes up ten years into her past. She's not sure why, until the events of the day start to trigger her memory...

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  • Screen shot 2012-10-06 at 2.45.07 pm
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    • 3

    9 Months, 1 hour

    David and Emily Beckett are preparing for their first child. A drive to Emily's mother's changes the course of their life forever. Dav…

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  • Cover-normal
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    • 0


    It is what she dreams about, a second chance.

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  • Tge
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    Those Green Eyes

    PLEASE READ AND HEART! For the Through to you Contest! :D Death. The rush of memories. A longing. A longing just to see those …

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  • Carved heart
    • 1
    • 0


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  • Cover-normal
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    The Impact

    When Charlotte gets in a car crash and her best friend dies, she wants nothing more then to go back and change the horrible incident a…

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  • I want you, i need you, i love you
    • 99
    • 24

    I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

    ©2012 David loves Minerva. Because of rumors, she has given up on all hopes of love. David wants her back for a second chance becau…

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  • Bbcover
    • 3
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    Bullying Bites

    Childhood indiscretions can cause nasty repercussions. But... what if Jayden could go back in time and be a nicer kid? His life and ca…

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21 thoughts on “Through to You Short-Story Contest

  1. *Breaks down into tears*

    ANOTHER heart-based contest with a WHOLE ton more advantages than flash-fiction.

    I’m never going to be able to catch up with this.

  2. Makes me sad. I completely understand that many of the authors don’t have time to go through all of our submissions. In a perfect, non-swapping Figment world, a heart-based contest would be ideal. But since school’s started, I don’t have time for any of them.

    I think what Defy The Dark and the flash fiction contests have done is created an expectation for more non-hearted story contests. Don’t worry, I get that it’s hard to read all of our submissions; it just makes me kind of sad that I can’t afford to enter anything else.

    For those still participating…good luck! I still can’t wait to read some more! 🙂

  3. Disappointing that this is heart based. I entered, but I’m not expecting much. Mine is 9 months, 1 hour. Good luck to all.

  4. Dear Figment,

    I know you have probably been getting a lot of these emails, but that’s only because it’s true.

    So many of us Figs have stopped entering contests because they’re not based on writing quality anymore. They’re based on how much time someone has to spare to arrange as many heart swaps and copy-paste wall messages as possible. It’s ridiculous.

    The very thing that Figment is based on should be writing quality, not “popularity.” I put popularity in quotes because it isn’t even that. Popularity implies that a lot of people like it. Most heart swaps occur without the swappers even reading the piece.

    I believe we should outlaw heart swaps and self promotion for contests again. Maybe we could have a system in which only a certain amount of people are accepted for each contest. To avoid the incidence in which hundreds of people hover over their computers and click “Register for contest” as soon as one pops up (much like concert tickets!), you could have a rotating system in which a person may only enter a certain amount of contests each month. Or maybe you could just get more judges! I know it’s hard to rate all the entries that flood in, but if we don’t fix it, it’s like losing a part of Figment. I love this website; I just wish the contest system could be reformed.

    Thank you,

    • YES YES YES. I was thinking that the best solution would be allowing only a certain number of entries, but I knew that would also be somewhat unfair. Your solution, the rotating system, is a wonderful idea! And maybe, so that people’s works will still be read and get feedback, a reward system can be implemented? The more people’s works you review, the more contests you are allowed to enter? Maybe, to make sure that people don’t leave two-word reviews and leave without reading the piece, it’ll be the author of the piece who will confirm readership by giving the reader a good rating, a star or something, on the reader’s profile, and this star will earn them points that will allow them to enter more contests? But perhaps people will swap stars…I don’t know if I’m making sense, and I’m sure most of this isn’t practical! I’m just brainstorming, because I know that it’s hard to come up with a new system.

      I’d just like to thank the Figment staff for answering all of us so politely. I know that they must be really frustrated, too, because in truth, the heart system is easy and effective, and it’s hard to find another workable system. We’re really redundant and insistent, so thank you!

  5. Actually, this would be a great opportunity to write a sequel for an old contest entry. Anyone remember the Mustache Film Contest?

    • Hey Zoe-

      As long as your entry is:
      -Tagged correctly
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re all set!

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