Inspired by Tamara Ireland Stone’s debut novel, Time Between Us, we challenged you to write a story about someone who can time travel.The Figment editors read all the entries and we sent ten finalists to be judged by Tamara! We’re now please to announce the winners of this contest.
Read through the winning entries below, and be sure to congratulate your fellow Figs!
Tamara said: “Noodledom Palace has such a solid combination of all the things that make good storytelling. I loved the thoughtful details you used to set each scene—little things like ‘crooked spires’ and ‘scalloped necklines’ and skylights that ‘make the keys on the wall glitter.’ Overall, there was such a nice balance to this piece—strong scene-setting, but not overdone (like, ‘He hooked a rusted brass key on his finger and left a place card on the shelf as a reminder that it was in use.’ Great visuals, and now we know how the palace works!) and realistic dialogue that delivers information and moves the story along (‘He plucked the token from her. “You come here the most.”‘ Short, but in context it says so much about the two of them!). Of course, the romantic in me loved the ending. Great job, Kimberly!”
Tamara said: “This is exactly the kind of story I enjoy reading—one that’s set in a world we know, but has something strange and curious going on. You had me at ‘nose plug,’ and I was instantly drawn in and curious about who this boy was and why he was different. Your writing is beautiful, and I found myself underlying many lines as I read. A few favorites: ‘He had this look, like we saw a wall and he saw a window’ and ‘Even silent, he was more interesting the most people I knew.’ Beautiful and telling. Overall, even in this short piece, I felt like I knew Specs and Robin, and you left me wanting to know more about their world and this contagious disease that makes you sneeze and vanish. Nicely done!”
Tamara said, “This story grabbed me right away and pulled me in, and I have to admit, I feel like I should have seen that ending coming, but I didn’t! Not at all. It was such a fun surprise! You did a terrific job of world-building, and I felt like I knew this rotting city-planet of Schlimm right away. I loved the way you incorporated little details throughout the piece that left me curious to learn more. These two lines, for example, had me hooked and they were so perfectly placed in the story: ‘Aetholis sipped from his glass of kasthle, possibly the only good thing to come out of the city. That, and the time travelers.’ Overall, strong storytelling and a great twist!”