Fiona can’t remember going to sleep — and she has no idea how she got the strange tattoo on her arm. When she wakes up, five years later, she doesn’t find a handsome prince hovering over her, but her home and neighborhood completely abandoned. How will Fiona survive in this new, ruined world?
Inspired by Stung by Bethany Wiggins — a dystopian re-telling of Sleeping Beauty — we challenged you to a five-day flash-fiction contest. Figment editors read all the entries and sent our top ten favorites to Bethany for judging. We are now pleased to announce the winners!
Bethany says: I’m laughing at your title. Very tricky. Beautifully written piece! You have a talent with minimal words creating maximum interest. I feel like I am right there with your characters. You make the reader connect instantly with your Class-C heroine because we have sympathy for her. Cheap? Yeah — makes me want to find out more about her and keep reading (and makes me feel that Cinderella vibe). Very creative, very intriguing! Take this idea and write a whole book! You’ve obviously got talent to go far. Never take that talent for granted.
Day 1 Winner
Bethany says: Um . . . WOW WOW WOW! This is an incredible piece. You have a talent for using hardly any words, and yet making me want to know what happens next. Your descriptions are beautiful without being too long, your setting is solid, I just want to know how in the world that girl is leaving if holograms can’t leave! I love that this is from Prince Charming’s point of view, and yet he doesn’t seem to think he’s all that charming? Instant character connection. My advice to you is: never stop writing! Talent + discipline + drive = success, and my guess is you have all three.
Day 2 Winner
Day 3 Winner
Bethany says: This line here: “My pace ascends with the beating of my heart, but the fluttering of a sheet stops me dead.” is beautiful! It is poetic, while at the same time SHOWING us, the reader, that she is scared without you telling us: “I’m scared so I walk faster.” It took me a long time to learn how to show instead of tell — congrats at already understanding that. Your story had me wanting more!!! What happens? Where’s her father? What experiments are they doing on humans?! But mostly I want to know more about the beast. I think you should take this idea and run with it! Write it! It’s brilliant and you obviously have talent. Never stop writing!
Day 4 Winner
Day 5 Winner
Bethany says: You have done a fantastic job of creating a dark, frantic, heart-pounding tone to your story. I also really like that the “candy” is not a literal thing, but a symbolic comparison to the candy house in Hansel and Gretel. I want to know what the metal smiles are! I would keep reading this.
Great job, guys! You will each receive a copy of Stung by Bethany Wiggins.