Fictionalize Yourself: A Flash-Fiction Contest–Last Day!

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them. They’re quitee touchy about anything like that, especially my father. They’re nice and all – I’m not saying that – but they’re also touchy as hell. Besides, I’m not going to tell you my whole goodam autobiography or anything. I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out and take it easy.

– J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

This week, we’re challenging you to fictionalize your life, and today’s prompt is inspired by the Holden in The Catcher in the Rye.

Today’s Prompt (Friday, July 19):

In 100 words or fewer, write a scene in which you introduce yourself.

Tag your story FictionFlashWeek and FictionFlash5. You have until Saturday, July 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story.

Between now and midnight on Saturday, July 20 keep checking the main challenge page for more prompts


Figment editors will be reading all entries. Five daily winners will be featured on the Figment homepage.

How to enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or less.
4. Tag your writing FictionFlashWeek and FictionFlash5 on the Details tab. (That’s two tags!)
5. Enter your response by the deadline listed in the prompt.
6. Press “Publish Now.”
7. 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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11 thoughts on “Fictionalize Yourself: A Flash-Fiction Contest–Last Day!

  1. I can not get my story to work, I type in the FictionFlashWeek, FictionFlash5 but when I update it it does not give me the menu and it turns all the words to lower case. I was hoping I can find a way to enter to contest still because by the time you respond the deadline will be over.

  2. I kept trying to add the tags but it would go lowercase and not give me a pop up saying that I was in the contest. This was like 5 minutes ago?

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