The Here and Now

“Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.” – The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

What would you change in the past if you could time travel?

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

In celebration of Ann Brashares’ newest book, The Here and Now, we have a brand new contest!


In 1,000 words or fewer, write a story about time travel and tag it FigTimeTravel. The last day to submit your story will be Friday, May 2nd, 2014. What would you change about the past if you could travel back in time? Are you allowed to take anything with you? How much of an impact can you make on history, if any? The rules are up to you!


Ten winners will be chosen on to win a free copy of The Here and Now by Ann Brashares and have their story featured in our weekly Newsletter, the Figment homepage and across our social media channels! Make sure you’re following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Tumblr for the latest updates and good luck!

How to enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,000 words or less.
4. Tag your writing FigTimeTravel 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.

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59 thoughts on “The Here and Now

  1. So what you’re saying is, if the deadline and the date that the winners are chosen is the same, than this contest really isn’t a contest it is a sweepstakes? As in, the random drawing of ten stories that may or may not be qualified to win due to the lack of skill?

    • Sorry for the confusion, Sarah. The last day for an entry is May 2nd. That is not the day the winners will be chosen. Thanks for clarifying!

  2. I’m not sure… does it have to be about YOU time traveling, or just time travel? The wording’s a little confusing for me, sorry.

  3. Help! I can’t find the “Publish Now” button, so my entry doesn’t show up in the Contest! It shows up on my desk, but it incorrectly shows up as having zero words. ?!?!?!

  4. I have entered figment lies contest and am I allowed to enter this one to? Or is there only one contest I am allowed to plus I also am confused a bit on this… Does this have to be a true story or umm from imagination and also what is this pop up of confirmation? And where are the submissions located at?

  5. So, there was a contest that I was going to enter and I mentioned my email adress how it’s different on my figment account then the one I actually use. Well, I tried logging into that one and I’m locked out of it. So…..Not sure what to do.

    Also, my the description and other questions My point of view by this contest is we can write anything about time travel? Correct?
    Like us time traveling? or a character time traveling?

  6. How much editing can we do??? Because I’ve had 3 reviews so far, 2 of which basically said get rid of the entire thing and start over because it’s boring as anything I’ve ever read and I hated it. Yeah… It’s going beyond constructive criticism when someone literally says “I’d scrap the entire thing but for the last bit”. I just don’t want to get disqualified for editing my work…

    • Meh, people are just helping my story along. I’m just being me 😛 could you just get back to me on the edits??? I’d like to cut it back from three chapters to one and focus on just the one scene if that’s alright… I know in the past that some stories I haven’t been allowed to edit once I entered the contest so.

    • As long as your story is finished by the deadline, you will be fine! We won’t be reading any until the deadline. Thanks for checking in and good luck!

  7. Can we write about real historical events? If so, am I able to write in someone’s point of view who happened to be there and is real?

  8. I asked a question earlier but never got a reply. Does someone actually have to time travel? I’ve read a lot of stories where people mention the word time travel. Like I wish I could time travel or just mentioned a machine but no one actually went back in time. Does that count?

    • Hi Melissa, yes the story will need to be centered around Time Travel rather than just a simple mention. I hope that helps and good luck!

  9. When you tag your work for the contest do you capitalize. FigTimeTravel or figtimetravel or Fig Time Travel or fig time travel

    Which one is the correct way?

  10. I entered my entry (with the right tag) before the deadline but it’s not showing up with the other entries? Got me worried it didn’t get entered…

    Is it just taking longer than usual to show up on the ‘entries’ pages?

  11. Please help me know what’s going on with my entry? It is properly tagged and entered before the close date, yet it’s not showing up among the other entries. Can someone please tell me what’s going on? This is the second time I’ve ask…

    • Hi there! Normally it takes some time for your entry to show up in the entries list. If after 24 hours it still hasn’t shown up feel free to contact However, I can confirm your story is properly tagged! Good luck!

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