Dance of Shadows Flash-Fiction Contest—Day 4

Dance of Shadows by Yelena BlackVanessa Adler is just a freshman at the New York Ballet Academy, but she immediately catches the attention of Josef, the academy’s lead choreographer. Josef is from Paris and is incredibly talented himself—but he’s also an unrelenting director. Vanessa and the male lead, Zep, practice tirelessly and it never seems to be enough. Is the pressure too much for Vanessa? Will she suffer the same fate as her sister Margaret, who mysteriously disappeared from NYBA three years ago?

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

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.

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 DanceFlash4 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 (Need, Captivate, Entice, Endure), and a ballet-inspired pendant necklace.

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