Boundless Short-Story Contest

Boundless by Cynthia Hand book coverClara Gardner begins her freshman year at Stanford with big hopes for a fresh start—but her destiny keeps getting in the way.

Clara is part angel. She may want to be an average freshman, but she’s far from it. She can heal with the touch of her hands and she can fly. But she’s also plagued by mysterious visions, which have something to do with Christian Prescott, her friend (maybe more?) and fellow angel blood. As Clara and Christian prepare for a looming battle with the Black Wings, they have to come to terms with their fate—even if it’s not the future they’ve dreamed of.


Inspired by Boundless by Cynthia Hand, the final book in her UNEARTHLY series, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you. In 1,200 words or fewer, write about someone trying to fight what they think is their destiny.


One grand-prize winner will receive all three books in Cynthia Hand’s UNEARTHLY series, UnearthlyHallowedand Boundlessa Figment tote bag, and the chance to choose the stories on the Figment homepage for one day.

One second prize winner will receive a copy of Boundless by Cynthia Hand and a $10 Amazon gift card.

One third prize winner will receive a copy of Boundless.

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 BoundlessContest 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 Thursday, February 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Thursday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Author Cynthia Hand will choose the winners from the top 10 most-hearted entries.

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