The Sweetest Dark Weekend Flash Contest

The Sweetest Dark by Shana AbeLora Jones doesn’t know anything about her parents, or where she was born, or even how old she is exactly. She was found by a tinker wandering the streets of London and sent to the Blisshaven Foundling Home. No one thought much of her—Lora seemed to be just another orphan.

It isn’t until she’s transferred to Iverson boarding school (sent as a charity student, in part to escape the bombings in London during WWI) that Lora begins to suspect she’s something more than just an orphan. It’s there she meets two young men who will help her understand the hidden magical power within her.

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


In 250 words or fewer, write a story about an orphan.

Check out Shana Abé’s thoughts on writing about orphans.



Five winners will each receive copies of The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with OrphanFlash 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 Tuesday, April 16 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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7 thoughts on “The Sweetest Dark Weekend Flash Contest

    • Hey Bianca!

      Hey! As long as your entry is:
      -Tagged properly
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Created after the announcement of the contest
      You’re entered!

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