The Darkest Minds Short-Story Contest Winners

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenIn Alexandra Bracken’s new novel, The Darkest Minds, Ruby is forced to decide how she will use her powers in the face of a bleak and terrifying world. Inspired by Ruby—and the hard decisions she faced—we challenged you to write a story about a reluctant hero. You wrote and voted, and we sent the ten most-hearted entries to Alexandra Bracken for judging. Today, we are pleased to announce the contest winners!

Check out the winners below, and be sure to congratulate your fellow Figs!


Grand Prize Winner

Great job, Theresa! You will receive The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Shadowlands by Kate Brian, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe.

Alexandra says: “I loved the sense of place and strife in this beautiful little nugget of a story.  I think what I responded to most of all was the sense of truth in the loss the main character experiences. You can take the story on two levels—her literal reluctance to assume the hero’s mantel from her parents, but also her small, personal heroism in finding the strength inside herself to go on. I’m a huge sucker for the classic hero’s journey arc, and this felt like a perfect set up for one. Awesome!”

Runners Up

Nice work, Sonty! You will receive an ebook copy of The Darkest Minds from the iBookstore.

Alexandra says: “This story felt so, so realistic to me—likely because I had a similar experience when I was in middle school. Sometimes the most difficult thing in the world is rising above the painful need to be accepted by others and do the right, kind thing. I loved how well the complicated, but beautiful, relationship between the sisters was captured. Both girls felt alive to me!”

Good job, Valkerie! You will receive an ebook copy of The Darkest Minds from the iBookstore.

Alexandra says: “Time travel can be tricky to pull off, especially in so few words! I’m incredibly impressed by the striking language and description in this piece (“… darkness’s throne has become the human heart” was a favorite of mine). The pay-off of the last line is tremendous.”

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