It’s All Greek to Me: A Flash-Fiction Contest

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee CarterIn the conclusion to Aimée Carter’s The Goddess Test series, The Goddess Inheritance, Kate Winters is forced to choose between giving up her eternal life with her husband and child or stopping the end of the world.

In the midst of this chaos, she digs deeper into her role as Henry’s wife and relies heavily on her sister-but-also-her-husband’s-ex-wife, Persephone. Can Kate overcome her uncertainty and be strong enough to defeat Cronus and Calliope? How much is too much to sacrifice?

Details

Inspired by the gods and goddesses of Aimée Carter’s novel, The Goddess Inheritance, we’ve got a five-day flash-fiction contest for you. Every morning at 10:00 a.m. ET between now and Friday, March 8, we’ll be posting the description of a god or goddess. Your challenge? Set the god or goddess in a scene that takes place in modern times. You have until midnight the following day to respond to the prompt with a scene of no more than 150 words. (Deadlines will be posted with the prompts.) You can enter one story per prompt. The stories do not have to be related.

Prizes

Figment editors will be reading all the entries. We’ll send our 15 favorites to Aimée Carter and she will choose five daily winners. The daily winners will each receive copies of the entire Goddess Test series (The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted, and The Goddess Inheritance) in a beach bag tote with suntan lotion and a beach ball.

Prompts

Bookmark this page and come back to it each day for new prompts!

Day 1 (Monday, 3/4): In 150 words or fewer, write a scene about the Goddess of Seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall) that is set in modern times. You have until Tuesday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Tag your story GoddessFlashWeek and GoddessFlash1.

Day 2 (Tuesday, 3/5): In 150 words or fewer, write a scene in which you set the God of the Underworld in modern times. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 6 to enter your story. Tag your story GoddessFlashWeek and GoddessFlash2.

Day 3 (Wednesday 3/6): In 150 words or fewer, write a scene in which you set the King of the Gods in modern times. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 7 to enter your story. Tag your story GoddessFlashWeek and GoddessFlash3.

Day 4 (Thursday 3/7): In 150 words or fewer, write a scene in which you set the Messenger God in modern times. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 8 to enter your story.  Tag your story GoddessFlashWeek and GoddessFlash4. 

Day 5 (Friday 3/8): In 150 words or fewer, write a scene in which you set the Goddess of Love in modern times. Tag your story GoddessFlashWeek and GoddessFlash5. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 9 to enter your story.

How to enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing as described in the prompt 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.

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8 thoughts on “It’s All Greek to Me: A Flash-Fiction Contest

  1. Small question: is there a specific goddess of seasons to which this refers? The Ancient Greeks worshipped several goddesses in association with the seasons, including Persephone, Demeter, and the Horai.

  2. I tagged my work correctly, I checked a bunch of times, but I didn’t get a pop up. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hey Juliette,

      As long as your entry is tagged correctly, was created after the announcement of the contest, and is published (not saved as a draft), you’re entered!

  3. It should be Demeter because she sets the rules for the seasons. At least, that is who I used and the reason for it.

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