Carey Blackburn has spent most of her childhood hidden away deep in a national forest, living with her little sister, Jenessa, in a broken down camper. Her mentally-ill mother comes and goes, disappearing for days or weeks at a time. There’s no electricity or running water, and very little food.
But their lives drastically change when Carey and Jenessa are discovered by their father and taken from their forest home to live with him and his family. For the first time, they have plenty of food to eat, a warm place to sleep, and clean clothes to wear. It’s not so easy for Carey to adjust to this new bright and shiny life, especially when she has to attend high school (with all its highs and lows) for the first time.
In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about someone who feels like a fish out of water.
One grand-prize winner will receive a signed copy of If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, along with copies of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams, This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, and Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter. The grand-prize winner will also have the opportunity to choose the Figment homepage stories for one day.
Five runners-up will each receive a copy of If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch.
How to Enter
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with FishContest 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, April 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Figment editors will choose the winners from the top 10 most-hearted entries.
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