The Rumor Mill: Absent Four-Day Flash Contest

Absent by Katie WilliamsPaige died in a freak fall and now she’s a ghost haunting the halls of her high school. It’s definitely not the first place she’d choose to spend her afterlife, but there are some perks. For one thing, she can find out everyone’s secrets and some of them are pretty amusing. But when Paige overhears a popular girl spread a vicious rumor that her death wasn’t an accident, Paige isn’t amused. She’s desperate to stop the gossip. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy when you’re a ghost.

Inspired by Absent by Katie Williams, we’ve got a four-day flash for you!


In 500 words or fewer, write a scene that begins with a rumor. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 8 to enter your story. Tag your story RumorFlash. Figment editors will be reading all the entries. We’ll send our ten favorites to author Katie Williams for judging.


One  grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of Absent by Katie Williams and five additional YA novels from Chronicle Books.

Two runners-up will each receive a signed copy of Absent by Katie Williams.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 500 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with RumorFlash 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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