Teenagers have a reputation for being . . . um, how do we say this nicely . . . a little over emotional. But that’s not the case with Elysia. At 16, she was born fully-grown in a laboratory. She’s a Beta—an experimental teenage clone—and she doesn’t have a soul. No soul is supposed to mean that Elysia doesn’t have feelings. But as she settles into her new home on the paradise island of Demesne, she realizes that she very much does have feelings. Some strong ones in fact! But she’s got to keep them to herself, or risk being destroyed.
Inspired by Beta by Rachel Cohn, we’re hosting a weeklong flash-fiction contest!
Every day, we will be giving you a new emotion to write about. In 150 words or fewer, you’ll describe what it would be like to experience that emotion for the first time.
You have 24 hours (until 11:59 p.m. ET on the day the prompt is posted) 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 Rachel, who will choose one grand-prize winner! The grand-prize winner will receive a copy of Beta by Rachel Cohn, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, Dark Star by Bethany Frenette, and Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters.
Five daily winners will each receive an ebook copy of Beta from the iBookstore.
Wednesday’s Prompt (10/24):
How to Enter
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with BetaFlashContest and BetaFlash4 on the Details tab.
5. Enter your response by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
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.