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

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    Fallen Angels

    Perilous Journey Short-Story Contest. Story of a man saved by two fallen angels to continue on in a cursed world.

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    War's Melody

    When the bombs stopped falling, all that was left was silence. Silence and fear. Fear of being betrayed to The Great Protector's polic…

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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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    If Life Were Easy

    **500 word limit. For the Perilous Journey Short-Story Contest** What am I trying to do? Save my family. Save my friends. No, I'm no …

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    Changes Like Music

    {For the Rootless/Banyan Contest/Perilous Journey} Lyric Marcella is your average teenager, contentedly living on the edge of New Orle…

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    Secession

    A short story of something my Journalism buddies and I came up with when we were in San Antonio for a Journalism convention in Novembe…

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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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    Danger

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  • Cover-normal
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    Suspicions

    An entry for the Perilous Journey contest. Yeah, the title sucks. Don't judge me.

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    Blinded by the light

    When a sister is forced to rescue her sister, The trouble she faces on her way is immense. The fight's she must encounter never mind t…

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    Stupid and Perilous

    They say my journey is stupid and they say it is perilous, but I have to do it.

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  • Heraldry
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    Virgina

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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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