Fiona doesn’t remember falling asleep. But when she awakes one day, nothing is as she remembers it. Her house is empty—and it seems as if it was abandoned long ago. Her parents and siblings are nowhere to be found. And the girl in the mirror doesn’t look anything like Fiona remembers.
Fiona has been asleep for five years—and the world she awakens to is frightening and hateful. What’s worse: Fiona has been branded with a mysterious tattoo that marks her as a dangerous being in this terrifying and untrusting new reality.
Inspired by Stung by Bethany Wiggins—a dystopian re-telling of Sleeping Beauty—we’re hosting a five-day flash-fiction contest! Every morning at 10:00 a.m. ET between Monday, April 8 and Friday, April 12, we’ll be posting a new scene from a classic fairy tale. You have until midnight the following day to respond to the prompt with a story of no more than 150 words, where you re-imagine the fairy tale in a futuristic setting. (Deadlines will be posted with the prompts.) You can enter one story per prompt. The stories do not have to be related.
Figment editors will be reading all the entries. We’ll send our top 10 favorite entries to Bethany Wiggins, who will choose the grand prize winner.
Five daily winners will each receive a copy of Stung by Bethany Wiggins.
Bookmark this page and check back each day for new prompts!
Day 1 (Monday, 4/8): Re-imagine the moment when Cinderella must flee the ball. Your scene must be set in the future and be no more than 150 words. Tag your story StungFlashWeek and StungFlash1. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 9 to enter your story.
Day 2 (Tuesday, 4/9): Re-imagine the moment where Rumpelstiltskin first visits the miller’s daughter. Your scene must be set in the future and be no more than 150 words. Tag your story StungFlashWeek and StungFlash2. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 10 to enter your story.
Day 3 (Wednesday, 4/10): Re-imagine the moment where Beauty meets the Beast for the first time. Your scene must be set in the future and be no more than 150 words. Tag your story StungFlashWeek and StungFlash3. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 11 to enter your story.
Day 4 (Thursday, 4/11): Re-imagine the moment when the dwarves first discover Snow White. Your scene must be set in the future and be no more than 150 words. Tag your story StungFlashWeek and StungFlash4. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, April 12 to enter your story.
Day 5 (Friday, 4/12): Re-imagine the moment where Hansel and Gretel discover the witch’s house. Your scene must be set in the future and be no more than 150 words. Tag your story StungFlashWeek and StungFlash5. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 13 to enter your story.
How to Enter
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing as described in the prompt on the Details tab. (That’s two tags!)
5. Enter your response by the deadline listed in the prompt.
6. Press “Publish Now.”
7. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
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.