Dance of Shadows: Weekend Flash-Fiction Contest

Dance of Shadows by Yelena BlackThree years ago, Vanessa’s prima ballerina sister, Margaret, disappeared from New York Ballet Academy. Now, Vanessa is starting her own journey at NYBA in the hopes that she will find her sister, or at least discover what happened to her.

“Welcome to the real New York Ballet Academy.”

In the middle of her first night away at school, Vanessa is blind-folded and shuffled off to the studio where the upperclassman lead their own secret welcome session. Draped in cloaks and hiding behind masks, the seniors demand a blood sacrifice from the new dancers; it’s time for their initiation.


Inspired by Vanessa’s initiation at New York Ballet Academy in Yelena Black’s debut novel, Dance of Shadows, we’re hosting a weekend flash-fiction contest! In 150 words or fewer, write a story about a secret initiation ceremony.

Tag your writing DanceofFlash. You have until Monday, February 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET to be initiated.


Figment editors will be reading all the entries. Three winners will receive a copy of Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black.

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 with DanceofFlash 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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