Pleased to Meet You: The Dare You To Short-Story Contest

Dare You To by Katie McGarryWhen Ryan first approaches Beth at a Taco Bell in Louisville, he isn’t looking for a girlfriend — he’s looking to win a dare. Out for the night with his baseball buddies, Ryan is one phone number away from winning. Beth isn’t his type. Sure, she’s pretty, but she’s a total skater chick, with her ripped jeans and nose ring. Beth’s not interested, either — and she leaves Taco Bell with the two menacing guys she came with. Ryan gets the message pretty quickly. Leave. Her. Alone.

That chance meeting at the Taco Bell isn’t the last time Beth and Ryan will see each other. But when the do meet again, they both wish they could do their first meeting over.

Inspired by Dare You To by Katie McGarry, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you!


In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about someone who makes a bad first impression. Tag your story FirstImpression.


One grand prize winner will receive copies of Dare You To and Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, Speechless by Hannah Harrington, and Ink by Amanda Sun.

Two runners-up will each receive copies of Dare You To and Pushing the Limits.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with FirstImpression 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, June 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter a story. Voting will run until Tuesday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Figment editors will choose the winner from the top ten most-hearted entries.


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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8 thoughts on “Pleased to Meet You: The Dare You To Short-Story Contest

  1. So I wrote my story for the contest and published it, but when I tagged it with FirstImpression, I accidentally tagged FirstImpressions. You won’t disqualify my entry because I messed up the tag and it looks like I used a piece that has already been published, will you?

    (Sorry if this sounds confusing)

  2. Hey, I just uploaded my story, hope I’m not too late. Am I?
    If I still get lots of hearts will I be considered?

    • Entries can be edited as long as the submission period is open, or after the winners are announced UNLESS explicitly stated otherwise in the rules.

  3. I wrote the short story for the contest and put firstimpression in the tag but when I published it I didn’t receive the pop up. Does that mean it didn’t work?

    • As long as it is tagged properly, published, and created between the announcement and close of the entry period, you’re set!

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