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!

Prompt

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.

Prizes

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 Figment.com.
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.

Contest Entries

  • The girl society ruined brooklyn hunter
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    The Girl Society Ruined

    Isa was a typical girl who never went to the big parties, or disagreed with her parents. She was a good girl until all the kids at sch…

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  • Photo7_zps57531ae9
    • 10
    • 2

    Not Average

    Anne Summers is an average high school teen until she becomes the victim of a vicious rumor. Cover by Ryann Kap!

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  • Cover art whisper 2
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    Whisper

    It started with a whisper. "I think she's anorexic." (Absent RumorFlash Contest Runner Up)

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  • Misunderstood cover
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    Misunderstood?

    This is just a rewritten version of my other story Someday. Rumor Mill Contest - 500 word limit.

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  • Rumors
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    • 2

    Liar

    Emma Hanover has a way of always getting what she wants. Winner of the Absent 4-Day Rumor Flash Fiction contest!

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  • Loverofawitchcover
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    Lover of a Witch

    *FINALIST IN THE RUMOR CONTEST* I never feel like I can flesh out the whole story in the word limit given... ah well. I didn't…

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  • Cover-normal
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    Little Deceiver

    A short little blurb for The Rumor Flash Contest. Hope you enjoy!

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  • Theinterrogator
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    The Interrogator

    Vincent killed himself, but he's the body- his Absorber is the brain- and the police's sources are saying she's to blame.

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  • The voice's cover
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    The Voices

    Ever since her twin brother Andrew was killed in 4th grade,Cassy has had voices in her head talking to her. She trusts them, after all…

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  • Heraldry
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    • 0

    Veritas et Aeuqtias

    Someone is exposing students' secrets. No one knows who it is or who will be next.

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  • Bokeh
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    Rumors

    About spreading rumors...

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  • Dna clipart
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    Integration

    Ann Harrison shouldn't be attending the school where her adoptive parents happen to be high school science teachers. But they couldn't…

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