Vote Now in the Dare You To Short-Story Contest!

Dare You To by Katie McGarryFirst impressions are everything. If you make a fool of yourself the first time you meet someone, you’re going to have to work pretty hard to make sure they forget about that time you tripped and spilled coffee all over them while going in for a handshake. Inspired by Beth and Ryan’s first meeting (which was pretty much the opposite of a meet-cute) in Katie McGarry‘s new novel, Dare You To, we asked you to write a story in which someone makes a bad first impression. The entry period’s over, but you still have time to vote!

If you want your favorite story to win, be sure to heart it before 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 18. Figment editors will be picking the winner from the top ten most-hearted entries.


The author of the winning entry 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.

Contest Entries

  • Burned
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    How wrong can one blind date go?

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  • Zz
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    • 5


    Entry for the Dare You To Contest. Please heart, and help me make it into the top ten. The chapters are the different point of v…

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  • Accidents happen1
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    • 28

    Accidents Happen

    Cassidy finds that accidents happen and that posh boys really can kiss... Next heart goal: 220!

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  • Cover-normal
    • 1
    • 0

    First Impressions

    This is a story about a girl named Wendy who is in love with a guy named Jax. Unfortunately, the night her parents first meet him goes…

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  • Alone-sad-girl-in-rain
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    For the Dare you to first impression contest, a.k.a. my first contest ever Thanks to Elizabeth James for the great cover!! I …

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  • Lake2_zpsfb0b2c2b
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    • 33

    The Boy Across the Lake

    Winner of the Dare You To Short-Story Contest! This awesome cover was done by Rosie La Puma! A mother tells her daughter about how hor…

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  • Picmonkey_image
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    • 7

    Could We Start Over?

    A man and a woman find themselves in love. But will one of them hold back, remembering their first meeting? I will continue this if…

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  • A poetic injustice
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    • 0

    A Poetic Injustice

    My attempt for the Pleased to Meet You: The Dare You To Short-Story Contest. I think it's okay but I guess we'll see.

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  • Thth
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    • 0


    For the First Impressions Contest.

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  • Moon fairy
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    • 1

    Fae by Moonlight

    By the light of the moon our magic burns, our blood sings, and our hearts dance.

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  • Book cover2
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    [GRAND PRIZE WINNER of "DARE YOU TO" SHORT STORY CONTEST!] Jack has moved from one house to another throughout his life. With each t…

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  • Images (8)
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    Paige is pretty much your everyday awkward teen. Derrick is your everyday jerk.

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