Life After Death: The Absent Paragraph Contest

Absent by Katie WilliamsPaige is dead after she took an accidental fall off of the roof of her high school. And now she’s doomed to haunt the halls where she used to study:

I spent the first week after my death stuck on the packed-dirt floor of the school’s basement, surrounded by an army of croaking ghost frogs. I sat in their midst, sometimes crying, sometimes rocking . . . Then one day, for no good reason, I felt like I could bear to see the world again.

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


You’ve just died. What’s the first thing you see? Entries should be no more than 50 words. Tag your story FirstFlash. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, June 10 to enter your scene.


Figment editors will be reading all the entries. Three winners will each receive a 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 50 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with FirstFlash 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.


*Note: The correct tag for this contest is FirstFlash. Due to Figment’s error, we will accept entries that are tagged either DeadContest or FirstFlash.

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7 thoughts on “Life After Death: The Absent Paragraph Contest

  1. I’m confused. Should we tag entries with Deadcontest like it says in the details AND firstflash like it says in the prompt?

  2. I accidentally submitted twice, but it was the exact same entry… I just wasn’t sure it uploaded. Is that all right?

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