Perilous Journey Short-Story Contest

Chris HowardCan’t get enough of the dyslit genre? Then you should definitely tune in on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET, when David Levithan chats with authors Chris Howard (Rootless) and Jeff Hirsch (Magisterium) about the two very different dystopian worlds they create in their new novels. (You can sign up for a chat reminder here!)

To get you excited about the chat, we’re hosting a short-story contest—and giving you a chance to win a copy of Rootless!

Rootless is set in a future where there is no nature—no trees, no flowers, no cows or squirrels. All that remains is a dusty landscape and man-made structures. In Chris Howard’s novel, his main character Banyan sets out on an epic road trip in hopes of finding his missing father . . . and the last living trees on earth. Along the way, he faces extreme danger: threats from the evil GenCorp, corrupt pirates, harrowing dust storms, and man-eating locusts. But for Banyan, this journey is worth risking everything.

Contest Prompt

In 500 words or fewer, write a short-story in which your main character sets out on a perilous journey.

Prizes

Figment editors will choose four winners to receive a copy of Rootless by Chris Howard and to be featured on the Figment homepage!

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 500 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with BanyanContest on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

You have until Tuesday, December 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. So start writing, already!

 

 

Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues.

For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

 

Contest Entries

  • 35lw70o
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    Across the Land and Over the Sea

    For a contest. I will continue this as a novel under the title Tyler: a story of determination. Cover By Felicia K.

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  • Neverland2
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    Neverland

    Lily and Holden only wanted to run away, away from their shared past and into the chaotic mess that is the future, but when things fal…

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  • Cover-normal
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    The Precipice

    A ghost sets out on a journey through an uncharted world, hoping to find another side.

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  • Untitledthing
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    Into the Dark

    For the Perilous Journey Contest! Enjoy this little bit of nothing I wrote.

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  • Tree
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    The First Step Out

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  • Heraldry
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    Flash

    It's 2014 and Abram is living in Post-Apocalyptic Northern Indiana. Without any food and hardly any water, he and his fellow survivors…

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  • Kaolindra cover
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    Kaolindra

    A young girl named Nova sets off to find her mother's place of origin with her friend Flynn at her side and a crystal relic to guide t…

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    Listening

    A strange boy is always found in the same location as he was before in a subway station. What is he doing there? What exactly is he lo…

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  • Rateyescover
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    Rat Eyes

    I made a deal with a rat. The council took my only brother from me, and they're going to sacrifice him because of their silly supersti…

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    The Middle Sun

    Willow, a princess in a futuristic kingdom sets out on an adventure to find the truth about her strange Earth, after it has stopped sp…

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    Wind-Up

    **500 word limit** For the Perilous Journey Short Story-Contest. A girl sets out on a perilous journey, but was it her choice? …

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    Danger

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13 thoughts on “Perilous Journey Short-Story Contest

    • As long as it was created and published between the announcement and close of the entry period, is not saved as a draft, and was tagged properly, you’re set!

    • We are unable to provide an estimated time for winner announcements, as they depend on a variety of factors both within and outside of our control.

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