Dance of Shadows Flash Contest—Day 2

Dance of Shadows by Yelena BlackMrs. Adler isn’t so sure she wants her daughter, Vanessa, to attend the New York Ballet Academy. After all, Vanessa’s sister, Margaret, an incredibly talented ballerina, mysteriously disappeared from NYBA just three years before.

But Vanessa is also very talented—and she’s determined to attend NYBA. But her attentions are divided. On one hand, she’s dedicated to ballet. On the other, she desperately wants to find her sister—her secret motive for attending the academy. Can she find answers and still successfully navigate the intense world of NYBA? Will she suffer the same fate as her sister?

Inspired by Vanessa’s adventures in Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black, we’ve got a five-day flash-fiction contest for you!

Thursday’s Prompt (2/14)

 “In 150 words or fewer, write a story about a try-out.” Tag your story ShadowsContest and DanceFlash2. You’ll have until Friday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.

Between now and midnight on Monday, February 18, keep checking the main challenge page for more prompts!

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing both ShadowsContest and DanceFlash2 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.


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 (NeedCaptivateEntice,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.

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