Winter Break Flash-Fiction Contest

You’ve made it through the first semester and a tough round of finals. Now it’s time for a much deserved winter break. How are you spending these precious days of freedom? Lounging on the sofa catching up on Desperate Housewives and eating Christmas cookies? Hanging out with your friends? Writing up a storm at Figment?

In honor of our second favorite school vacation, we’re hosting a weeklong flash-fiction contest!


Every day between now and Friday, December 28, we’ll be posting a new prompt about winter break. 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 Figment editors will choose one winning response to each day’s prompt; that story’s writer will receive a super secret surprise book and their story will be featured on the Figment homepage!


Bookmark this page and come back throughout the week for new prompts!

Monday, December 24
“In 150 words or fewer, write a scene that takes place at a holiday party.” Tag your story WinterBreakFlash and WinterFlash1. You have until Tuesday, December 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to the prompt.

Tuesday, December 25
“In 150 words or fewer, write a description of a present you once received that was very special to you.” Tag your story WinterBreakFlash and WinterFlash2. You have until Wednesday, December 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to the prompt.

Wednesday, December 26
Prompt: “In 150 words or fewer, write a scene about ice skating, skiing, sledding—any kind of outdoorsy winter activity.” Tag your story WinterBreakFlash and WinterFlash3. You have until Thursday, December 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to the prompt.

Thursday, December 27
“In 150 words or fewer, write a scene that takes place at a mall.” Tag your story WinterBreakFlash and WinterFlash4. You have until Friday, December 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET to respond to the prompt.

Friday, December 28
“In 150 words or fewer, write a scene that takes place at a New Year’s Eve party.” Tag your story WinterBreakFlash and WinterFlash5. You have until Saturday, December 29 at11:59 p.m. ET to respond to the prompt.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
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.


Photo by Geoff Charles.

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