The love of ballet runs in Vanessa’s family. Her grandmother, mother, and sister were all prima ballerinas. It’s natural that Vanessa would follow in their footsteps. And she has so much talent: As a freshman at the New York Ballet Academy, she manages to land the lead role in The Firebird. Oddly enough, it’s the same role her sister was to play, before she mysteriously disappeared from the academy three years ago.
The pressures at the NYBA are high—is Vanessa doomed to suffer her sister’s fate?
Inspired by Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black—and the seriously intense, sometimes sinister world Vanessa encounters at the New York Ballet Academy—we’re hosting a five-day flash-fiction contest! Every morning at 10:00 a.m. ET between Wednesday, February 13 and Sunday, February 17, we’ll be posting a new prompt. You have until midnight the following day to respond to the prompt with a story of no more than 150 words. (Deadlines will be posted with the prompts.) You can enter one story per prompt. The stories do not have to be related.
Figment editors will be reading all the entries. One grand-prize winner will receive Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black, the entire NEED series by Carrie Jones (Need, Captivate, Entice, Endure), and a ballet-inspired pendant necklace.
Figment editors will also choose five daily winners. The five daily winners will each receive a copy of Dance of Shadows.
Bookmark this page and check back each day for new prompts!
Wednesday’s Prompt (2/13): “In 150 words or fewer, write a story about an ingénue.” Tag your story ShadowsContest and DanceFlash1. You’ll have until Thursday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.
Thursday’s Prompt (2/14): “In 150 words or fewer, write a story about a try-out.” Tag your story ShadowsContest andDanceFlash2. You’ll have until Friday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.
Friday’s Prompt (2/15): “In 150 words or fewer, write a story that takes place backstage.” Tag your story ShadowsContest and DanceFlash3. You’ll have until Saturday, February 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.
Saturday’s Prompt (2/16): “In 150 words or fewer, write about a demanding leader.” Tag your story ShadowsContest and DanceFlash4. You’ll have until Sunday, February 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.
Sunday’s Prompt (2/17): “In 150 words or fewer, write about a big performance.” Tag your story ShadowsContest and DanceFlash5. You’ll have until Monday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.
How to Enter
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing as described in the prompt on the Details tab. (That’s two tags!)
5. Enter your response by the deadline listed in the prompt.
6. Press “Publish Now.”
7. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.