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.

Contest Entries

  • Suburban home with doghouse
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    GiGi was a typical pampered princess in suburbia...or was she?

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    I'm not a short story writer, but I tried my best :) For the Also Known As contest The outcome's not always a win, as Anastasia, also…

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  • Cover-normal
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    The Love Experiment

    He is secretly a popstar; he says his name is Nathaniel. He was told to find love as this other being and not give away his true ident…

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    Story for the AKA contest! :) ~PLEASE HEART~ Makeup=<3

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  • __shiftcover2
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    Charline Morgan worked as a CIA agent in New York City. That is, until she screwed up and killed an innocent man. Now, she's for…

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  • Banon
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    Undercover for tuna.

    A cat learning to improve his writing skills and so tells of his plan to take all tuna for cats everywhere.

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  • Ashes to ashes cover
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    Ashes to Ashes

    [RUNNER-UP IN THE ALSO KNOWN AS CONTEST] <br><br><em>Robin Benway said:</em> Amazing world-building with fire and smoke. <br><br>"All …

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  • Backstage security
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    Backstage Security

    For the AKA contest. I stood in line, like every other person there. But I wasn't like every other person there. I had to stay on …

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  • All about alice cover 1
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    All About Alice

    Alice Conway has a dirty little secret. She isn't who everyone thinks she is. However, Alice is desperate to keep living her life as o…

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  • Puzzlewood ppt
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    Sylvie's Return

    *For the AKA contest.* After months of fighting with the best anti-terrorist group in the galaxy, the Fab 4, Sylvie now returns to h…

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  • Wondered
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    Nina is in hiding. She is known as Lily to the towns people. She hides because she is Wondered. She has wanted power and she doesn't w…

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    That's So Iris

    Iris is sick of being looked on as 'normal'. She lives two lives... a boring one during the day and a life of fame at night. Will she …

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