What We Hide Contest!

Have you ever told a lie? Did you get away with it?

Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England. This is Jenny’s chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide.

In celebration of next month’s new release, What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn, we have a brand new contest!


In 500 words or fewer, write a story where at least 3 main characters are surrounded by a lie they told and tag it FigmentLies. Your challenge is to find a way to bring them together with the truth. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, April 18 to enter your story.


Ten winners will be chosen to win a copy of What We Hide and have their stories featured in our weekly Newsletter, the Figment homepage and across our social media channels! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for the latest updates and good luck!

How to enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 500 words or less.
4. Tag your writing FigmentLies on the Details tab.
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.

85 thoughts on “What We Hide Contest!

    • It won’t be a random contest. We received a lot of great feedback and decided not to go with a random contest this round. Good luck!

      • Last time I checked this is a writing website, and as such there should never be such stupid crap like random winners and heart based wins. It should be based upon a persons skills, not hearts nor randomness.

        • I think they only reason they ever did that is because so many people entered it got hard to read them all and vote and then when they tried people would get annoyed how long it took. I agree with you (I hate those both) but I think they’re just trying to find the most efficient way to do things.

        • I agree completely, Elizabeth. Contests whose winners have been chosen at random should be called sweepstakes, because that’s the actual name for them. A contest or competition involves some form of skill being judged, not just a random selection.

        • I completely agree, but, at the same time, I would want more people to heart my book because they liked it then to have me win because i had proper grammar…

  1. So, if we win, how will we get the book? Will it be mailed to us or do we get a code to get an eBook version or what?

  2. So, the email that I log into figment with is not the same as the one I use now. Don’t know if that would be a problem. Also I’m a little confused on how the winners will be chosen and what exactly the story has to be about. I know it evolves 3 characters and one lie but is that it? Can we twist it any way we want if we have those contributed?

    • Yes! If you interpret it to have three characters surrounding one lie or one lie each that’s fine! We’re excited to see what you come up with.
      In order to contact winners, we will be e-mailing you for a physical address so please make sure you have access to the e-mail signed up with Figment. Thanks!

  3. Hello,

    I really would like to enter this contest, except I have the feeling that my piece would turn out more than 500 words. I know the rules say 500 or fewer, but I have a hard time being able to write an effective piece like that without it over exceeding the limit. I’m thinking this would end up between 700-800 words. Is that okay or is it a strict limit rule?

    • Hi B.M.! Unfortunately for this contest, we will only be looking at stories 500 words and fewer. However, if after the contest is over – you would like to continue your story for your readers, that would be great!
      Thank you for your feedback on the limit – we will be happy to take that into consideration for future contests. Have fun!

    • I always feel the same way about these contests. It is hard to form the story with so few words. Trying my best though. Good luck!

  4. How will the prize be retrieved and is it okay for my account to have a made up name? (My mom dislikes me putting my name on websites)

    • Of course! We will e-mail all winners to gain their physical address to send the book. Your personal information will be secure and only used to send your prize. I hope that helps!

    • Of course it doesn’t have to have a happy ending. Three lies is great! However you would like to interpret it will be fun for us to read.

    • I totally agree. I like 1000 word contests, because for these, I either want to write a super-short teaser, or an actual story, which cannot be good if you want me to fit it in so little words.

      • The point of contests is that it is a challenge to write the best story you can in only a few hundreds words. I don’t think it’d be as fun if the contests didn’t have an element of difficulty to them. 🙂

  5. In my entry, the three characters are drawn together by one secret, but there are indications to the lies they make. I was wondering if my entry would still count, since they are not brought together by the truth but are all involved/connected by not telling it?

  6. So…. Um…. This is my first time entering a contest and Does it cost to enter this and for the books for the winners do they get it mailed home or….. Sorry XD But yeah… Any advice and does this cost by chance?

  7. So, I have an idea but I wanna run it by you guys.
    I was wanting to know if it was fine if I used one character with a split personality with another character. So, I’ll have three characters but one character with two personalities. So, it would be like 3 characters?

  8. Hey, I’ve published, tagged and did everything else, but I don’t see my book among the rest of the submissions.

    Help please.

  9. Can we make less than three characters because of the low word limit? I don’t know how to fit the storyline into 500 words, maybe like 800 or 900.

    • Hi Mariah, to enter the contest simply create a new story and add the tag, “FigmentLies”. You should see a pop-up letting you know your entry was added. Good luck!

    • The winners will be posted in a blog, newsletter and featured on the homepage. They will also receive an e-mail from us asking for their physical address. Good luck!

    • Hi Elena, your story will have a total word count listed on its main page – that is the number we will be going off of. I hope that helps!

  10. So if you kill off one of the characters, but the other two character finally fully understand that character, does that count as bringing them together?

  11. I was just wondering whether you can go back and edit your work before the contest ends. I’ve looked at the guidelines but it doesn’t seem to say anything about editing during the competition.

  12. My email has been hacked into and I cant change it. So if I do win what am I suppose to do? How will I receive the email when I cant change my email to the new one I have now

  13. So, I was wondering, can we enter more than one writing for the contest? Or is it just one we can enter per Figment user? (There was already a question for this, but when the person asked, the answer was “of course” so I wasn’t sure if they were saying of course to being able to enter more than one, or of course to only one. 🙂

  14. I’m the author of the book What We Hide that inspired this contest. I am SO EXCITED to read all these entries!! Good luck everyone! Telling lies and keeping secrets are great inspirations for stories…

    • If a story has over the word limit, it won’t be eligible to win. However, you are encouraged to complete your story after the contest period is over!

  15. I tagged my story FigmentLies, but I didn’t get a popup saying I was entered in the contest. I published it while I was on my ipad, so could that be why?

    • Hi B. Payne! We were working on fixing this issue. It should be fine now but feel free to search for the tag, “FigmentLies” to see if your entry appears in that list. If so, then you’re good to go!

  16. I submitted by work 5 hours ago with the tag figmentlies and received no confirmation at all. How do I submit my work? I’m running out of time!

  17. My story is Called “What They Cannot See” and I have been trying for hours to get a confirmation. the fist time I submitted it, it didn’t go through and many of my replys I sent ealier didn’t either… is there any chance my work got entered?

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