Find Your Inner Strength: The Sweetest Dark Flash Contest

The Sweetest Dark by Shana AbeLora Jones wants nothing more than to be normal. As an orphan at the Blisshaven Foundling Home, she was an outcast, plagued by mysterious voices and music that no one else could hear. A stint in a psychiatric hospital taught her to hide the voices—they brought nothing but pain and suffering.

But as a charity student at the posh Iverson boarding school, she meets two young men who will change her life. For the first time, she finds people who understand her—in fact, they will help her uncover an incredible power within herself that she didn’t know she possessed.

Inspired by The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé, we’ve got a new flash-fiction contest for you!

Prompt

In 250 words or fewer, write a scene about a shape-shifter.

Check out Shana Abé’s thoughts on her character, Lora:

Prizes

One grand-prize winner will receive a signed copy The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé, along with copies of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, and a $20 Amazon gift card.

Three runners-up will each receive copies of The Sweetest Dark, Seraphina, and Of Beast and Beauty.

The winning stories will be featured on the Figment homepage alongside The Sweetest Dark.

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 ShapeShifterFlash 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 Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Figment editors will be reading all the entries. We will send our top 10 favorites to author Shana Abé for judging!

Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues. For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

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23 thoughts on “Find Your Inner Strength: The Sweetest Dark Flash Contest

  1. So, are we also judged on how much feedback we get on our entries or will the top ten just be chosen solely by the editors who will read them? I’m still quite new to the whole contest thing and I am not sure what criteria I must meet besides the rules above.

  2. It said there was supposed to be a pop-up once you entered, but I never got one when I published my entry. How do you know if you’re part of the contest?

    • Hey Kadisha!

      As long as your entry is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement contest

      You’re set!

  3. When Figment editors judge the stories, do they judge the description box as well? Or do they only consider the writing?

    Thanks for your time!

  4. Okay, so my name is Ashley and I’ve done all the requirements for publishing my story but when I hit Publish now my notification that it has been entered in doesnt pop up? Does that mean it didn’t enter into the contest because I’ve gotten all my requirements needed.

    • Hey Ashley!

      As long as your entry is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement contest

      You’re set!

  5. Hello! I didn’t get a confirmation pop up…. Will we receive an email or anything? I’m not sure if my story is entered.

    • Hey!

      As long as your entry is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement contest

      You’re set!

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