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

  • Juliet-capulet
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    Astrid

    Princess Astrid might be the only one who can save her brother's life. But will she make it back in time?

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  • Third spreading cover
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    Third Spreading

    In a world where time-and aging-no longer exists, each person is given their own name, no last or middle name, and one hundred lengths…

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    The Trial

    Anda has been preparing for the Trial his whole life. He's feeling pretty confident (or is it cockiness?) that nothing will stop him f…

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    The Staircase

    This is for the Perilous Journey Short-Story Contest. It's flash fiction piece about an unknown man and a staircase.

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  • Dyslit cover
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    Land of the Lost

    My alter ego Alice prepares to venture to the Land of the Lost with the help of her light elf, Little Thor, as they race against the d…

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  • Heraldry
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    The Concrete Room

    Just a short story for the "Perilous Journey Short-Story Contest"

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  • Windupcover_0201
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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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    Bowman's Hill

    Lura, a mage-child from the village at the base of Bowman's Hill, is a reserved young woman with a quick mind and a soft voice. Since …

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    Danger

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    The Dragon Subbweigh

    "Begin a perilous journey" was the given prompt, and I had a few minutes of pondering to decide what journey I wanted begun. I decided…

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    Tin Cans

    Two young boys leave their lives behind in favor of something better.

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  • Burn
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    Burn

    My entry for the Perilous Journey Short Story-Contest! **500 word limit** Tessa is on a perilous jouney to save her soul.

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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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