The Darkest Minds: Mid-Week Flash-Fiction Contest

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is set in the near future; a plague has ravaged the U.S., leaving millions of children dead. Those who do survive are shipped off to brutal “rehabilitation camps”—their bright futures all but destroyed.

There are a few kids who manage to escape and for the most part they head to one place: East River. This safe haven is just a campground in the woods, but it means so much to the teens that gather there. It’s a place where they can be free from government oppression and begin to organize themselves to fight for their lives.

Inspired by East River, we’ve got a mid-week flash-fiction contest for you! In 250 words or fewer, describe a secret hideaway.

You have until Friday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.

Figment editors will be reading all the entries. Three winners will each receive an ebook copy of The Darkest Minds from the iBookstore.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with HideawayContest 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.

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