Deadly Little Lessons: Short-Story Contest

Camelia has the ability to see the future through touch. When she sculpts with clay, she has powerful premonitions, but she doesn’t always understand the visions she sees.

When a shocking family secret forces Camelia to question who she truly is, she decides she needs a break from the status quo and heads to art school in Rhode Island. But while she’s there, she gets caught up in the disappearance of Sasha Beckerman. Will the lessons Camelia has learned about her powers in the past help her find the missing girl? Or will she only uncover more dangerous secrets?

Your challenge:

Inspired by Deadly Little Lessonsthe fifth book in the Touch series by Laurie Faria Stolarz—we’ve got a new short-story contest for you! In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story that begins with the sentence: “I was unsure and scared, but I had a reserve of inner strength to help me find my way.”


One grand-prize winner will receive all five books in Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Touch series: Deadly Little SecretDeadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons.

One second-place winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of Deadly Little Lessons from the iBookstore.

One third-place winner will receive an ebook copy of Deadly Little Lessons from the iBookstore.

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 DeadlyLittle 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 Wednesday, January 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Wednesday, January 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Author Laurie Faria Stolarz will choose the winners from the top 10 most-hearted entries.

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11 thoughts on “Deadly Little Lessons: Short-Story Contest

  1. I’ve placed the first line at the beginning of a story that was already posted here on figment, titled “Dressed to Kill”. I think I followed all the instructions, but I don’t see my story listed among the entries.

    • Hey William-

      The contest requires a new, original story. Placing the opening line on a story that already exists on Figment does not count as a valid entry.

      • I’ve just deleted the story that was already posted, and then reposted it as original, with the required first line at the beginning. I followed all the other instructions, so I assume that the story will now be displayed as a valid entries.

        Thank you.

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