The Spring Fever Short-Story Contest!

Spring flowers“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s the first day of spring—and we’ve got a serious case of spring fever at Figment HQ. We’re so excited for warmer weather, sunshine, longer days, blooming flowers, baseball, and the promise that summer is not so very far off.

To celebrate, we’re hosting a short-story contest!


In 250 words or fewer, write a story that’s set in springtime. Tag your story SpringFlash. You have until Friday, March 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter a story.


Figment editors will be reading all the entries. One grand-prize winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, a super secret surprise book, and a chance to choose the Figment homepage stories for one day.

Four runners-up will each receive a super secret surprise book. All five winning stories will be featured on the Figment homepage.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with SpringFlash 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.


Photo by Jörg Hempel

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46 thoughts on “The Spring Fever Short-Story Contest!

  1. Uh, 250 words doesn’t seem like a “short story.” It’s more of a flash-fiction contest. Is there anyway maybe you could make the word limit a little longer, maybe a 1,000 words ?

  2. Wait, so technically, this has to be a STORY with a beginning, middle, and end in 250 words, not just a scene, right?

  3. Heeeyy, kind of technical question here.

    If I extended my entry and wanted to post it immediately, before the contest ended, may I just save it as a different book?

    Thanks a bunch!

  4. I have dual citizenship and one of them is in America and the other is in Japan. Is it still impossible for me to enter the contest?

  5. Are there finalists? Like in one of the other contests that I had entered, you had to get a certain amount of hearts in order to be judged.

  6. I entered the contest yesterday, but I never received a pop up confirmation and my story hasn’t come up among all the other entries. How do I fix this?

    • Hey!

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

  7. My entry hasn’t come up, yet. I wrote it yesterday, and it’s tagged. Am I doing something wrong? I haven’t gotten any pop-up confirmation. But this IS my first contest, so I might be doing something wrong…

    • Hey!

      As long as it is:
      -tagged properly
      -created after the announcement of the contest
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      You’re entered!

    • As long as your entry is tagged properly, was created and posted between the contest announcement and end of entry period, and is published (not saved as a draft), you’re set!


    • As long as your story was created after the announcement of the contest, is tagged properly, and is published (not saved as a draft) you’re set.

  8. I know that the contest is over, but is there an estimate on how long it will be until you have winners?



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