BETA: Flash-Fiction Contest Day 3

Rachel CohnOne of the so-called perks of living on the island paradise of Demesne is that it’s legal to own clones. These soulless, emotionless beings have been specifically designed to work for the wealthy residents of the island. Elysia, an experimental teenage model, is owned by the influential governor’s family. She is supposed to be the perfect companion: interested in adult conversation, while still a fun playmate for the younger children. But what her owners don’t know is that Elysia is defective. She’s only pretending that she doesn’t have feelings.

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.

Thursday’s Prompt (10/25)

In 150 words or fewer, describe what it would be like to experience JEALOUSY for the first time. Tag your writing BetaFlashContest and BetaFlash3.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
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 Thursday, October 25, 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.

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2 thoughts on “BETA: Flash-Fiction Contest Day 3

  1. I think I messed up and wrote for Wednesdays prompt instead of today’s.

    I assume that each prompt has to be entered on the day its presented correct?

    • UPDATE: I was incorrect–you have until 11:59 p.m. of the night that the prompt is posted to enter the contest. Sorry for the confusion!

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