In Jessica Warman’s novel Beautiful Lies, identical twins Alice and Rachel are connected by more than their looks. When one twin goes missing, the other begins to suffer horrible injuries—even though no one has touched her. In the search to find her sister, she discovers that nothing in their neighborhood is what it seems.
Inspired by Jessica Warman’s dark settings, we asked you to write a descriptive scene that feels menacing and creepy for five different settings. Figment editors read your entries and sent the 10 best to Jessica, who chose the grand prize winner.
Today, we are pleased to announce the winning entries!
Jessica says: “This is a strong, well-written story on so many levels. Despite its brevity, I feel like it gives the reader a complete mental image of what’s happening to the narrator, describing his (or her) senses—as well as their progression of emotions—with a precision that is quite difficult to achieve with only a few sentences. It’s a well-balanced piece of writing, and it does exactly what it’s intended to do, which is to give the reader hope that the person in the locker will be saved, and then yank the possibility away at the last second. Very impressive!”
Congratulations, Cate! You will receive copies of Beautiful Lies, Between, Breathless, Where the Truth Lies all by Jessica Warman; copies of Fracture and Hysteria by Megan Miranda, and Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf!
Figment Editors chose five daily winners for the contest: