Deja Vu All Over Again: The Loop Contest

The Loop by Shandy LawsonBen can’t shake his overwhelming sense of déjà vu—hasn’t he been here before, talking to the same psychic, listening to the same song, watching the same tourists? Sure, everyone feels that way sometimes. Except not everyone is caught in a time loop that ends with a double murder.

Ben and Maggie have been living the same 48-hours over and over. Every time, they meet, fall in love, and die. But each time they relive this fate, they fight a little harder against their destiny, hoping against hope to change the ending.

Inspired by The Loop by Shandy Lawson, we’ve got a flash-fiction contest for you!


Imagine your story is caught in it’s own time loop. Your challenge? Write three stories, each beginning with the sentences: “I was overwhelmed by a sense of déjà vu. Haven’t I been here before?” All three stories should have a different ending. The entry period closes on Friday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Each story should be in a new chapter, and should be no more the 150 words.


Figment editors will be reading all the entries. We’ll send our top 10 favorites to author Shandy Lawson, who will choose the winner.

One grand prize winner will receive copies of The Loop by Shandy Lawson, The Rules by Stacey Kade, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, and False Memory by Dan Krokos.

Two runners-up will each receive a copy of The Loop by Shandy Lawson.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 450 words or fewer. Each story should be a new chapter and should be no more than 150 words each.
4. Tag your writing with LoopContest 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.


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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40 thoughts on “Deja Vu All Over Again: The Loop Contest

  1. When is the entry period for this contest? And are all the entries going to be read, or is it a voting contest?

  2. Can I make it like this?:

    Story one: Person goes through a moment in time, without knowing what will happen.
    Story two: Same person goes through same moment in time but tries to intervene what happens the first time around, and it ends a little differently.
    Story Three: Same person loops again but completely changes the course of what happens.

    • 1. The page has been updated with an ending date. Thanks for catching this!
      2. This is not a heart based contest.

  3. Do the three stories have to start at the same time or could it be say a park in winter, spring and, summer?

  4. Are these three stories supposed to be a sort of trilogy, or can they be completely unrelated?

  5. It says to write three stories, each ending different, but beginning with the same sentences, “I was overwhelmed by a sense of déjà vu. Haven’t I been here before?”; however, does this mean that each of the stories must be different too? To rephrase, must the stories be the same character, environment, surroundings, etc. or may I vary everything within the body of each story?

  6. Hi, I have a question. I’ve never added chapters to a piece on figment before so I was a little unclear as to how to do it. I managed to add the three chapters – and then I tagged the piece for the contest. But when I went to view my submission it said three chapters but the word count was reflective of only one. So I went to edit, pressed publish on the other two chapters (pressed save edit accidentally on one) and the word count appeared correct. My problem though is that I’ve only just remembered that we aren’t allowed to edit a piece once it’s been tagged for a contest. Have I been automatically disqualified even though I made no changes to the actual writings?

    • Hey!

      The “no edit” rule only applies to some contests where it is specifically stated. You may edit this piece until the entry period closes, so you are all set!

    • Hey!

      As long as your story is:
      Tagged correctly
      Published (not saved as a draft)
      Created between the start and end of the entry period

      You’re entered!

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