Well, what if we told you there’s a school that’s like Hogwarts for writing? It’s the Interlochen Arts Academy, and it’s a boarding school in Michigan that focuses on arts of all kinds. This winter, you could win a $30,000 scholarship to study in Interlochen’s creative writing department. But hurry, you only have until December 15 to enter the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition!
In the meantime, warm up for the scholarship contest—and win some prizes, too!—by entering Figment’s Interlochen Flash-Fiction Contest.
Every day between now and Friday, November 30, we’ll be posting a new prompt about boarding-school life. You will have until midnight the following day to respond to the prompt with a story of no more than 150 words. (Deadlines are posted in the prompts.) You can enter one story per prompt.
The writer of the best story from each day, as chosen by Figment editors, will win a $25 Amazon gift card and an Interlochen sweatshirt. That’s five chances to win!
Bookmark this page and come back throughout the week for new prompts!
Monday, November 26
Prompt: “Write a story of no more than 150 words set on a boarding-school campus at night.” Tag your story InterlochenFlash and Interlochen1. You have until Tuesday, November 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to this prompt.
Tuesday, November 27
Prompt: “Write a story of no more than 150 words in which a character meets their roommate for the first time.” Tag your story InterlochenFlash and Interlochen2. You have until Wednesday, November 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to this prompt.
Wednesday, November 28
Prompt: “Write a story of no more than 150 words about a library study session.” Tag your story InterlochenFlash and Interlochen3. You have until Thursday, November 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to this prompt.
Thursday, November 29
Prompt: “Write a story of no more than 150 words about people-watching on the lawn.” Tag your story InterlochenFlash and Interlochen4. You have until Friday, November 30 at 11:59pm ET to respond to this prompt.
Friday, November 30
Prompt: “Write a story of no more than 150 words about a favorite teacher.” Tag your story InterlochenFlash and Interlochen5. You have until Saturday, December 1 at 11:59pm ET to respond to this prompt.
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 as described in the prompt on the Details tab. (That’s two tags!)
5. Enter your response by the deadline listed in the prompt.
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.
Sponsored by Interlochen Arts Academy.