Catherine Short-Story Contest

“Of course I lied to Quentin. Nothing could keep me away from Hence now that I was sure he felt the same way about me that I did about him.”

As the daughter of a famous Manhattan nightclub owner, Catherine is used to musicians chatting her up in hopes of getting a gig. She’s completely over that kind of guy. When she meets Hence, though, his passion and talent set him apart. Before Catherine realizes it, she’s fallen head over feet for him. But her brother, Quentin, isn’t impressed, and he’s determined to keep them apart. Catherine and Hence are forced to sneak around—and risk Hence’s livelihood—just to be together.

Your Challenge:

Inspired by Catherine by April Lindner, we’re hosting a new short-story contest! In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about a forbidden romance.


One grand prize winner will receive copies of Catherine and Jane by April Lindner. The grand-prize winner will also receive a Figment tote bag and the opportunity to choose the featured stories on’s homepage for one day.

Two runners-up will each receive copies of Catherine and Jane.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with CatherineContest 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, January 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top 10 most-hearted stories will be sent to April for judging.

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14 thoughts on “Catherine Short-Story Contest

  1. Say you wrote an entry for a previous contest, several months before this one, and had published it on Figment during the entry window for that previous contest. Would that entry then be invalid for a current contest, such as the Catherine contest? Sorry if that’s a confusing question.

  2. is it against the rules if i wrote my story about a step bother who likes the girl main character and is trying to keep her from love. or is that too similar to the original story?

  3. Technically challenged here. I tagged ‘catherinecontest’ and I didn’t get a confirmation. What am I doing wrong? I’ve never applied for a contest before.

    • Hey Lexx,

      The confirmation can be a little wonky. Just check that your story:

      -Was created on Figment after the announcement of the contest.
      -Is tagged properly.
      -Has been published (is not saved as a draft)

      If all three of those are set, you’re good to go!

  4. Let me know if I’m getting this right. You can’t submit anything after the 15th, but people can still heart your story until the 22nd?

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