Stung Flash-Fiction Contest

Stung by Bethany WigginsFiona 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.

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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.

Prizes

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.

One grand prize winner will receive copies of Stung and Shifting by Bethany Wiggins, along with Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen and Fracture by Megan Miranda.

Five daily winners will each receive a copy of Stung by Bethany Wiggins.

Prompts

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.

Contest Entries

  • Cover-normal
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    June

    She has escaped her stepmother, but she may have stumbled into something even more dangerous.

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  • Eerie_light_forest_by__zagadka_-d2zflnw
    • 1
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    Hansel and Gretel: The End

    Hansel and Gretel: two naive adventurers living in a futuristic world full of advanced weaponry and blood-thirsty, man-eating robots. …

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  • Girl
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    Beautiful

    It was a love story like no other. After all, how many involve a girl, engineered for perfection and a boy seen as little more than …

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  • Radical_radial
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    The (Sort Of) Cinderella Story

    For the Stung Flash Fiction Contest

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  • Photo (40)
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    Hide Me!

    Written for the Stung Flash-Fiction Contest Day Two Prompt. Re-imagine the moment where Rumpelstiltskin first visits the miller’s daug…

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  • Dancers
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    Hour 12

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  • Red_abstract
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    Belle

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  • Scared(1)
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    Age of the Dwarves

    ~Day 4 of the Stung Flash Fiction Contest~ After a major revolution the Dwarves seized control of the world, putting the human race to…

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  • The_heart
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    Searching for Seven

    In the future, the only trait better to have than beauty is intelligence, and Snow's the brainiest girl around. This was a bit of a c…

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  • Cinderella
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    Ash

    What if Cinderella left behind something different for the prince to find?

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  • The_heart
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    Heart of gold

    when her boss owns every tick of her heart, things get dangerous for Maria when his son, Eli, in a chance encounter outside of the man…

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  • Planet-city-cloud-tower-sci-fi-landscape-space
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    Alone

    A vast tower is Sheria's prison, the warden a creature beyond imagining. StungFlashWeek and StungFlash3 A retelling of when Beauty me…

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10 thoughts on “Stung Flash-Fiction Contest

  1. Do we have to create a new project for each day? Or can they all be in the same project, with each prompt replies getting its own chapter?

  2. I’ve noticed a lot of people have been tagging their entries “stungflashcontest”. Is this necessary or do we only need the stungflashweek and stungflash1,2,3,etc. tags?

  3. Hey so the entry period is long since gone but I was wondering if I am able to change the cover of a story I had submitted? Or do I have to wait until after the judging is over?

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