The Coming-of-Age Short-Story Contest

Being a teenager can be pretty rough — and you can rest assured that it’s hard for just about everyone. Do you want proof? Just look at the hundreds and hundred of coming-of-age novels, TV shows, and movies. They are popular because they are relatable. Truth.

Coming-of-age stories focus on the transistion of a protagonist from a child into an adult. Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Catcher in the Rye are all great examples. Need more? Check out our list of books that will help you survive high school.

And then start writing:


In 1,200 words or fewer, write a coming-of-age story. Tag your story ComingofAge.


One grand prize winner will receive a Figment tote with three surprise books. Two runners up will each receive a Figment tote.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with ComingofAge 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.

The entry period is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, September 9. Voting will run until 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, September 16. Figment editors will chose the winners from the top 10 most-hearted entries.

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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28 thoughts on “The Coming-of-Age Short-Story Contest

  1. Is this heartbased?

    If it is, then it will be absolutely unfair to certain people. If it is a heartbased contest, then it would be extremely biased because many people have a small “fanbase” while some people have a really large fanbase.

    To the Judges, please make this contest a non heartbased contest, just like all the other ones, PLEASEQ!!!!!

    Thanks and have a good day to all judges and figmenters.

    • Also I forgot to add another thing. People may heart even without looking at the story…and just give random hearts. You forgot about heart-based swaps….Please make a note that quality is based off the authors skills and hard work not based off “hearts”. You may argue that “well, good writers tend to get more hearts”. That is totally untrue…I’ve seen multiple magnificent masterpeices with barely any hearts whil seeing many lame ones with HUNDRED of hearts. It would be totally unfair that this is a heartbased contest when real hardowrking good writers don’t actually have that many hearts.

      • Why is this a quantitative contest (heartbased)? Why can’t this be a Qualitative contest, where it is based off quality?

    • Hey — as we mentioned in the post, if you’ve got 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.

      We run a mix of contests on Figment, some heart-based, some not, that way people can pick and choose the contests they would like to enter. Thanks for understanding!

      • GUYS.

        How else would they judge it? Do you realize how long it would take to read every single entry? They’re offering a prize that costs THEM money. Be grateful for a chance to win epic prizes. If you want to win, then you need to take your own time to get hearts. About two people who follow me- out of my 200+ follorwers- actually read my stuff. Its perfectly fair.

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