June Costa is an artist. She stages bold, public spectacles that influence her fellow youth (and angers the establishment) in the lush city of Palmares Três. The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson, opens with a dramatic scene where June and her friend Gil interrupt a political event to declare their support for Enki, the poor and beautiful candidate for the Summer King. June considers the project her coming-out party—the first chance for her city to see the art she hopes will make her a legend. Little does she know that her dreams of fame will become something more when she befriends Enki and he changes her life.
Inspired by June’s defiant art projects in The Summer Prince, we’re hosting a four-day flash fiction contest! Your challenge? In 250 words or fewer, write a story about someone who commits a rebellious act in public.
One grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of The Summer Prince by Alaya Johnson and a “I Read YA” tote bag and button. The winner will also receive a Figment t-shirt, a $10 Amazon gift card, and the chance to choose the Figment homepage stories for one day.
Two runners-up will each receive a signed copy of The Summer Prince and a “I Read YA” tote bag and button.
How to Enter
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with RebelContest 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 Saturday, March 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Figment editors will be reading all the entries. We’ll choose our five favorites to send to author Alaya Dawn Johnson and she will choose the winners.