Also Known As: A Short-Story Contest

Also Known As by Robin BenwayMaggie Silver is the daughter of two international spies—and she’s been cracking safes open since she was just a tot. The Silver family works for the Collective, a mysterious organization dedicated to taking down the world’s bad guys: tobacco execs, evil dictators, etc.

With all the spying and safe-cracking, Maggie has never had to attend a traditional high school. That is, until her first solo assignment sends the Silver family to New York City, where Maggie will have to solve the case—and attend English class—all without blowing her secret identity.


Inspired by Maggie’s international-spy adventures in Also Known As by Robin Benway, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you! In 1,200 words of fewer, write a story about someone with a secret identity.


One grand-prize will receive Also Known As by Robin Benway,  Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter, and Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. The grand-prize winner will also get the chance to choose the Figment homepage stories for one day.

Two runners-up will receive Also Known As by Robin Benway.

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 AKAContest 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 Monday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Author Robin Benway will choose the winners from the top 10 most-hearted entries.

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