Lora 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.
In 250 words or fewer, write a scene about a shape-shifter.
Check out Shana Abé’s thoughts on her character, Lora:
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!
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