Truth and Lies Short-Story Contest

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch coverAuthors Chris Howard (Rootless) and Jeff Hirsch (Magisterium) know a thing or two about the DysLit genre. And on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET, editor and writer David Levithan will chat with them about their new novels—and take questions from you! (You can sign up for a chat reminder here.)

To get you inspired for the chat, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you—and you can enter to win a copy of Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch.

Since 16-year-old Glenn Morgan’s mom disappeared and her dad became so engrossed in his work, she’s had to pretty much fend for herself. She’s whip smart and a definite rule follower. She’s never really questioned the government’s claims that the land beyond the Rift is barren wasteland. But when her dad gets arrested for his mysterious invention, Glenn’s life is turned upside down. Everything she’s always thought to be true turns out to be lies. As she flees from her home and into the mysterious and magical world of the Magisterium, she has to reassess all of her beliefs.


In 500 words or fewer, write a scene where someone learns that something they held true is actually a lie.


Figment editors will choose four winners to receive a copy of Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch and to be featured on the Figment homepage!

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 500 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with LiesContest 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 Saturday, December 15 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.

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