Rootless Weekend Flash-Fiction: Day 2

Chris HowardBanyan is a Tree Builder. In a future world where trees no longer exist, he makes a small living building metal forests for the rich. He has never seen a real tree—they died more than a hundred years before he was born—but he creates his scrap metal trees based on the descriptions his father once shared with him.

Inspired by Rootless by Chris Howard, we’re hosting a weekend flash-fiction contest!

Details:

This weekend we’re challenging you to create your own future world. Each day, we’ll ask you to describe a small detail of this world in 150 words or fewer.

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.

Prizes:

The Figment editors will choose our four favorite entries from all three days to feature on the Figment Homepage. The four winners will each receive a copy of Rootless.

Sunday’s Prompt (11/11):

“They figured me too young for a tree builder. I could see it in their eyes. Bunch of rich freaks, staring at me like I needed to impress them. But I did need to. . . .I built the best trees in the Steel Cities, but you’d never know it from the drought I’d hit.”

Your challenge: In 150 words or fewer, describe what kinds of jobs people would have in your future world. Tag your writing RootlessFlash and RootlessDay2.

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 RootlessFlash and RootlessDay2 on the Details tab.
5. Enter your response by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 11, 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.

 

Contest Entries

  • Radical_radial
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    Fields

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  • Sparking wires
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    Sparking Wires

    In the world where people live off electricity, those who can revive dead circuitry are called wire weavers and they are highly sought…

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    Donate Life

    Future Jobs Photo Credit: http://www.freeimages.com/browse.phtml?f=view&id=502183; Adapted; License: http://www.freeimages.com/help/7…

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  • Cover-normal
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    Ad Day

    In a world where people cannot tear themselves away from social media long enough to meet a potential spouse, a girl's marketing team …

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    Fish-Weavers' Kid

    Where Sebastien lives, the scientists have it all. The child of a fish-weaver--a peasant who works as both a fisherman and a cloth wea…

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  • Wings cover
    • 2
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    Wings

    Travelling became nearly impossible after the water rose and flooded the world. Now, we fly.

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  • Cover-normal
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    Exceptions

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  • Cover-normal
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    equilibrium

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  • Ice2
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    Slide

    Future Transportation

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  • Dog_sled
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    Man's Best Friend

    In a world almost a century away, a sudden shift in the sun causes an Ice Age to set it- and a new, four legged way of transportation

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  • Death of living
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    Death of Living

    Resources are running out and fast. The world is almost useless.What can the people do about it? Hey, this is our short short story fo…

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  • Cover-normal
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    Legs

    For Rootless Flash Fiction Contest, Day 3: prompt is to describe modes of transportation in a future world, 150 words or less. Reau…

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