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!

Prompt

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

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

 

Prizes

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 Figment.com.
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.

Contest Entries

  • Housewoods
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    Ebony

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  • Cover-normal
    • 1
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    The Teddy Bear

    Sarah wasn't always a successful twenty year old business woman. She has a flashback to a childhood wrought with loneliness, heartache…

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  • Just her
    • 2
    • 1

    Just Her

    This is my submission for the Orphan Flash Fiction competition. This is about an orphan that was abandoned at a boarding school by he…

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  • Heartbeat cover
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    In a Heartbeat

    Everyone's alone at the end of the world. Two orphaned siblings must learn this the hard way. For The Sweetest Dark Weekend Flash Cont…

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  • Sophie bane
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    Sophie & Bane

    *250 word limit* All Bane wants is to be able to take care of his little sister, so in an attempt to find a home, he is blackmailed in…

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  • Girlontracks
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    My battle

    Orphans of the Hoodenvail Orphanage are abused and beaten, but after years away from the horror a former inhabitant can no longer figh…

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  • Homeless1
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    • 1

    To Abandon

    For The Sweetest Dark flash contest. ~ "I won't go back. I won't." (4/13/13)

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  • 789
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    My New Home.

    This is a story about how a sixteen year old girl finally escaped the orphanage.

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  • They didn't know
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    They Didn't Know

    FINALIST OF ORPHAN FLASH "No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and mi…

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  • Leaves-hands-mood
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    Retirement Fund

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  • Isafjordur
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    Juxtaposition

    "Just because I am alone does not mean I am lonely." Because not every orphan's life is a particularly sad one. Drabble.

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  • Tot
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    The Orphan's Tale

    For the Orphan Flash Contest. Based on a dream I had a couple years ago. Loosely inspired by Emily Browning's "There is no Frigate Lik…

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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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