Brandon Sanderson Contest!

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Prompt
Random House Children’s Books and Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of Steelheart and the upcoming Firefight, want to hear from you!

In 1,000 words or fewer, write a story that follows the following prompt, created by Brandon Sanderson himself:

“If you were a super-villain, what would your one power be? And how would you use it to conquer the world?” – Tag it #BrandonSanderson.

You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, December 5th to enter your story.

Prizes

10 semi-finalists will receive a free signed copy of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Five finalists will be chosen by and revealed by Brandon Sanderson during a Livestream video chat. Those winners’ stories will also be featured in our weekly Newsletter, the Figment homepage, and across all our social media channels.

The Grand Prize winner will be voted on by the Figment community from among the five finalists and, in addition to the above, will receive an editorial letter and consultation with Brandon Sanderson’s editor at Delacorte Press, Krista Marino!

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 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 1,000 words or less on the subject above.
4. Tag your writing #BrandonSanderson 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.

Contest Entries

  • Images
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    Thumb War

    *In the process of editing* When the little girl that is terrified of the dark becomes the woman who knows how to manipulate it, what…

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  • Cover-normal
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    I Am Circe

    Written for the Brandon Sanderson contest.

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  • W3-word-flower
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    The Text

    Entry for the Brandon Sanderson contest.

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  • Nowherebutupcover
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    Nowhere But Up

    PLEASE VOTE FOR THIS PIECE IN THE FINAL CONTEST POLL IF YOU THINK IT'S THE BEST OF THE 5 :) - Brandon Sanderson contest entry, so plea…

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  • Another-hero
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    We Don't Need Another Hero

    <b>Additional chapters are online here on Figment. Chapter 2 has the early access code (G391D-0ZERD-0RSVP / the 0 are zero's) in the …

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  • Kiss
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    Kiss

    Adrian has a heavy burden, one that will never allow her to live a normal life-- but perhaps the burden is only one of the causes behi…

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  • Screenshot (52)
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    My Worst Friend

    A woman named Peony could control memory, which proved to be a dangerous power.

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  • Images
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    Ladybugs and a Lost Heart

    "All I want is peace" She wants to escape, and she'll do what it takes to be taken seriously enough to get there. If that makes her…

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    CounterClock

    Ryan was born with a dangerous condition known as Counter Clock and has learned the truth about his "perfect" world and will do everyt…

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  • Empty god
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    An Empty God

    Samson Murtaugh has the power of compulsion. Those around him bend to his every whim until they've become only tools to be cast off wh…

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  • Thoughts
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    Invasive Thoughts

    Go away. I simply wants them all to go away. To force the thoughts, the people, and everything to leave me alone. To have the abili…

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  • Cover-normal
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    Dragonskull Keep

    How does a mind-talking necromancer take over the world? One pawn at a time.

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161 thoughts on “Brandon Sanderson Contest!

  1. All righty, I’m really excited about this, I just have a question for you guys:
    Can we enter more than one entry? I’d like to able to enter two.

  2. Oh my gosh! I’m so excited for this one it has been a really long while since a contest has interested me so much. Thank you!

  3. OK, so in 1000 words we create a scenario where we are a super villain and plot to take over the world and the contest continues as normal: Figment mods will read and choose 10 winners based on what they like, not heart numbers, then from the 10 that are chosen, Brandon will read them, pick 5 and then pick 1 from the 5 to receive the grand prize?

    • Hi Somber, this particular contest will use a heart-based voting system to determine final winners. However, each story will also be read as we continue to feature entries throughout the month!

          • Seriously?? Heart-based?? I know it’s hard to read through all the entries but it’s also really hard to get hearts 🙁 I can’t be on here 24/7 trying to get people to heart my story just so you guys’ll consider it to even be read! That’s really disappointing… I don’t mean to sound angry or anything but heart based things annoy me because even people who read my stuff and say it’s awesome don’t heart it because they don’t want to just give away hearts or they’re entered too and they don’t want me to have more hearts than them or something 🙁

      • i’m a little confused as well. i would really like it if the way the winners are chosen were specified clearly in the rules. because i never enter the heart based contests because i don’t want to waste my time on an entry that won’t be read.

        • I agree. The main people reading these are the competition. Most of them will leave a comment saying they like it, but no heart. I dont feel this is right.

          • Yeah… you should really make that clear… and personally I think heart-based contests aren’t judging how good a piece is, it’s just who has the most time to go around reading other peoples’ stuff.

            And if there aren’t enough judges to read them all and review or whatever, I’m sure there’d be plenty of volunteers. I just don’t think this should turn into a popularity contest.

          • I definitely agree. I was really looking forward to this contest and even submitted my entry, but am really bummed that it’s a heart based because you can’t get a lot of people to read your story and heart it. Of course I enjoyed the process but it really isn’t fair that those who put in so muc time and effort in their story don’t get judged just because of the number of hearts they got.

      • Wait, wait, wait. This is heart-based?

        The description doesn’t mention this. In fact, if I had known this was heart-based, I wouldn’t have entered the contest in the first place. One click of a button doesn’t determine the quality of a story.

        Unless I go around begging for people’s hearts, there’s no way I’ll win something I’ve been hoping for. The whole heart-based concept really needs to go.

        • I totally agree! What if we Brandon Sanderson pick favorites? Maybe that would be more fair? Someone could have a not-so-special entry, but be good at gutting people to heart it! Its a really stupid concept.

          • The focus is automatically shifted from good writing to good advertising. Improvement isn’t the priority. Hearts are the priority.

            This effect may be unintentional, but it happens nonetheless, and it happens every time.

  4. A contest by Brandon Sanderson?!? YES! He is my absolute favorite author of all time. This conest sounds like so much fun! I loved Steelheart and can’t wait to read the next book!

  5. Can we right a back story on how they got their powers? Meaning write the beginning as a science experiment gone wrong?

  6. Hello,

    I was wondering if we need to include a protagonist to fight the main character in the story. I was also wondering if it has to be realistic fiction, or based in reality of any sort.

    Thanks!
    –Rachel Rauch

    • Hi Rachel, as long as your story includes a super-villain, their power and how they plan on conquering the world with said power – the rest, including the ending, is up to you! Good luck!

    • Hi Margaret! This particular contest will use a heart voting system, however we will also be reading your stories as we continue to feature them throughout the month. Good luck!

      • I know that everyone involved probably doesn’t have enough time to look through all the entries to allow the actual work speak for itself, but I, like others, am extremely frustrated by the “heart voting system” setup. I’ve had multiple people tell me that they think my entry should have more hearts than it does, but I work full time and want to spend some of my time at home actually working on my writing as opposed to “swapping”, so I’m already basically out of the running in this contest, a few weeks in. I entered because my ultimate goal is to be able to make a living doing what I love, but have now lost hope that this contest could be a way to do so. This may be too much to ask, but for contests with this much potentially at stake in the future, I’d love to see some type of review panel or a way to take the control from the blind “heart for heart” crowd.
        Not expecting a response at this point, but one would be nice. Thank you for your time!

  7. Could it be a team of super villains? Like have the mc be a super villain with a partner, or does it have to be a solo villain?

  8. Does the villain have to actually conquer the world, or could they attempt to do such a thing, but are stopped somehow? (I have an idea, but I don’t want to go off the prompt any…) so, can the villain end up being stopped (the story I want to write is told in the villain’s POV)? Thanks for any answer given!

    • Hi Destini – as long as your story includes the actual prompt and their plans to conquer the world specifically – the ending of your story will be up to you! Good luck!

  9. If we can enter more than one story (how many are we allowed to enter?), can we enter alternate versions of the same storyline?

  10. Can the word count be acceptable at 215 out of 1000? Or should I write more? It’s because I seem to have finished it in so few words.

  11. My entry is slightly below 1,000 words, but I know that sometimes word counts become muddled during uploads (I’ve experienced this problem before with NaNoWriMo). Will this be a problem?

    • Hi Madie, we’ll be looking at the total word count that Figment shows on your published story so you can go by that number alone. Good luck!

    • Hi Tori, yes! As long as the final version is there before the end of the contest deadline, feel free to make changes as you see fit. Good luck!

  12. I read the rules and I didn’t see a part about it only being for US residents, but since I may have not seen it, I’m asking just to be sure:) Thanks!

    • Hi Brenda, I apologize for the wait. We were getting updates from our legal department regarding the rules. Unfortunately, due to legal reasons this particular contest is for US. citizens only. The rules have been updated – thanks so much for letting us know! We will have new contests coming up in a few weeks. Thanks so much for checking in!

  13. I’m not quite sure what you mean by the heart voting, but that stories will be read anyway. Are you saying that you will read all the stories, but will only choose the ones that are the most hearted? I guess I’m asking how much the hearts will affect the chances of winning? Say, if someone was new to figment and nobody has followed them yet, they’re unlikely to get enough hearts even if their story is really good. Would they still have a chance of winning, or does it still all come down to the hearts in the end?

  14. Hello,

    I know you don’t ship prizes internationally, but if I live in Canada will I still receive a physical copy of the book if I win?

    • Hi Kevin, I apologize for the wait. Unfortunately, due to legal reasons this particular contest is for US. citizens only. We will have new contests coming up in a few weeks. Thanks so much for checking in!

  15. Firstly, Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author, and I’m so excited to have a contest on a prompt picked by him. Thank you, Figment!

    I do have a question. In the eligibility rules, it isn’t mentioned that you need to be an United States citizen to enter. Would it be alright to enter if I’m from India? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    This seems like a fun place. I’m excited to become a part of the Figment community!

    • Hi Delaney! Since Brandon and his team will be picking the winners – this particular contest will look for top-voted stories via hearts. If you’d like to enter a story that doesn’t count on hearts – we have at least two new ones starting very shortly. Good luck!

    • Hi Emery – thanks for checking in! For this specific contest, Brandon and his team will be looking at top-hearted stories as stated in the contest info. I hope that helps! Our Figment team will still be reading all stories and picking out our favorites to feature on the site throughout the next couple of months. Good luck and start sharing your stories! 🙂

  16. So, I have two questions:

    1) Are we allowed to use a piece of writing that we’ve already had for awhile, but fits the criteria?
    2) Are we allowed to have more than one entry?

    • Hi Wendy – yes as long as it fits the word limit, story prompt and is tagged correctly then sure! You can have as many entries as you would like. Good luck!

  17. I’ve read the rules and just want to double check: this is open to the whole world correct? You don’t have to be American to enter this contest.

    • Hi Dip, thanks for letting us know. After spending some time checking with our legal team – this contest happens to be for US. citizens to win only. I apologize for the wait. Rest assured we will be having new contests very shortly. Thanks so much for your patience!

  18. Hello,

    I have three questions about the contest: 1) How many stories are we allowed to enter? 2) Can we write in third person POV? and 3) Do we have to write about ourselves or can it be a fictional character?

    Please let me know!

    Thanks!
    –Rachel Rauch

  19. Can my story be completely fiction, and not about conquering the world, but about conquering a city? And does it have to be what I would do?

    • Hi Ariana – the time it takes to show up in the entries page varies. At times it can register after a few minutes – others after an hour or two. Let me know if you have issues seeing yours!

  20. Hi! So I had one more question for you guys! Can it be make believe? Like, a made up world that doesn’t exist (not earth)?

  21. Hi, could anyone answer my question on whether non-US citizens are also eligible to enter this contest? I would love some clarity on this.

    Thanks in advance!

  22. I’ve been checking daily for a response, but it’s been five days and no one has replied to me or other people with the same question.

    I just want to know if Canadian residents are eligible, and do we receive the prize if we win?

    • Exactly. Other questions are being answered, but ours isn’t. Why? I really would like not to spend a lot of time and energy on something I might turn out not to be eligible for. Figment used to have rules stating that may US citizens could enter contests. Has this changed?

  23. The label ‘super-villain’ is ambiguous, what dictates if a character is a villain? Does the character need to make it clear and outlandish that they are a villain by doing something incredibly evil? Or can it be more subtle because my idea of a villain may not follow what other people believe.

  24. Hi! So I was wondering if we could continue our story in a different book now, or if we have to wait until the contest is over? (In other words, I wanted to expand my story for this contest, but didn’t want to wait til the end of November/beginning of December, could I expand it now, in a different book?)

    • Hi Writer – that’s fine! As long as your tagged story is at or below the word limit, feel free to continue your story elsewhere, absolutely!

  25. I haven’t received an answer and I need to know before I finish.

    Can my story be completely fiction, and not about conquering the world, but about conquering a city? And does it have to be what I would do?

  26. So I’m working on my entry, but I have a question? My story involves guns and shooting (although not at people or animals, ect)Does this mean that my entry is too violent or anything? Its hard to avoid using it because, well, it is about a super villain.

  27. This is so unfair. Most popular members are gonna get the most hearts.
    People don’t really like a story when they heart them anyways, they just heart a story to get a heart in return, and we all know that. Does Brandon know that, too? This is the sole reason I stopped posting in this website. I think it’s very unfair.

  28. I agree with Kaaren. My stuff doesn’t get a lot of viewings, so I won’t get a lot of hearts. I’m considering not entering. I hate heart contests I think they are stupid and the people with the most followers will win.
    In my opinion, they should be judged. Not by hearts.

  29. I have another question. The grand winner is also the one who gets the most hearts, and finalists who receive any sort of judging from Sanderson to be the top 5 don’t get anything extra. I was very psyched about this contest before, but if this is the case, I’m not so sure.

  30. So this is mostly about promoting a story, not writing it? I see, so I shouldn’t revise and re-edit a story until it’s perfect, I should write a story in a single day and spend the rest of the time to promote it.

  31. I was going to enter but it is heart-based. I truly do not think heart based is fair. You see, the winning story may not even be good but it won because they had the most hearts!

  32. It’s mentioned how Brandon Sanderson is going to pick five out of the ten finalists and the Grand Prize will be the one with the most hearts out of the five.

    But how will the initial 10 semi-finalists be chosen?

    Thank you!

  33. I understood the heart based thing completely differently than you guys explained it to Emery.

    Copy and pasted from the prizes section.

    10 semi-finalists will receive a free signed copy of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Five finalists will be chosen by and revealed by Brandon Sanderson during a Livestream video chat on Thursday, December 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Those winners’ stories will also be featured in our weekly Newsletter, the Figment homepage, and across all our social media channels.

    I understood this as you guys reading and picking the top ten then Brandon picking five winners which are NOT heart based since it does NOT say that. It doesn’t talk about hearts until after he has picked ten winners.

    The Grand Prize winner will be voted on by the Figment community from among the five finalists and, in addition to the above, will receive an editorial letter and consultation with Brandon Sanderson’s editor at Delacorte Press, Krista Marino!

    Once the top five are chosen then it WILL beheart based. Am I wrong cause if I am then you guys need to change and clarify the semifinalists as being heart based.

    • That’s how I read the prizes s well. And I’ll suppose that many did the same because there are a lot more people who entered this contest as opposed to the previous ones. But then again, there is more at stake with the prizes. Oh well.

      Anyways, I hope figment.com clarifies the prizes. Good luck to you and everyone that entered!

  34. Also when do the hearts start counting?? I think that once the finalists are chosen then they should make a new book for their story and start fresh with hearts or it would be unfair.

  35. I’m confused. A lot of people are saying that getting hearts now counts. So do the hearts we get now determine who the semi-finalists are, or how will semi-finalists be decided upon? I’m really interested in entering this contest, but if the semi-finalists are determined by hearts, I won’t stand a chance. So admin, if you could please explain to me how the semi-finalists are chosen, I would highly appreciate it!

  36. I’m grateful for the wonderful lesson that figment is spreading here, that networking and pestering other figgies is more important than writing well.

    While I appreciate the fact that other competitions do *not* feature the unbalanced (and unfair) heart system, do the other competitions feature a potential free consultation with an editor? No, they do not.

    Thank you for opening the windows, so I can have a little glimpse of the sun past the raised hands in front of me.

    • That’s something else I’ve been noticing here at Figment. Heart contests are used for the contests that really hold merit to people, while non-heart contests are those that have minimal prizes. It’s ridiculous.

  37. Hi there! I’m from the UK and I’ve entered this contest. I’ve just seen that the contest is for American people only after entering, and I feel quite upset and cheated about this. Am I still eligible?
    Please reply asap!

  38. Damn, I did so much promotion. Maybe you should have mentioned in the rules that this contest is only for U.S Citizen. I did so much promoting, and now I find out that I have to take my story out of the contest because of the fact that I don’t live in USA.

    Jesus!

  39. It has been asked several different times in several different ways, but it is still unclear to me. So I’m going to ask about how the Top 10 are picked…

    So, will the Top 10 be picked solely based on current number of hearts at the time the contest ends? Or will Figment and Brandon Sanderson read through the entries and pick their favorites only then to be decided upon by Figment community voting and doling out hearts?

    To me even with all the answers given regarding this topic, the actual way the Top 10 are chosen is just really unclear…

    • Hi BK – for this particular contest the top 10 will be chosen based on hearts. Thanks so so much for your feedback! If you are interested in entering a contest that does not rely on user votes, please feel free to check out our Mythical World and Autumn Falls contests. Good luck!

  40. There are a lot of fake accounts. People have been making tons of accounts with the same names with the same books to give themselves more hearts. How is that fair???

    • look up ale and the names are different but always end in 9. It’s not fair to those of us who are getting swaps by asking REAL people for them.

  41. Mel, that is really awful that people are doing that, I believe that problem was brought up another time during a previous contest. I believe that any entry caught doing that is null and void because of this “Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same registration or email address used at registration. Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that participant’s entries and that participant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the registrant or player. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.” This quote is taken from the ofocal rules.

    I have a question for the mods though, so I now the top ten will be picked based on hearts, then Brandon will pick the top five. What I’m confused about is how the finally winner will be chosen. Will it be based upon the story that has the most hearts from the five after the final voting ends, or will the five final have to put the story in a new piece of writing so previous hearts don’t count, or will there be like a blog post or something where each person can only vote once for their favorite piece and must guarantee that they have read all the pieces being considered?
    Thank you for your time!

  42. As a newbie member, with zero followers and Figment friends, I was concerned that this was a tit-for-tat contest, so I sent an email to admin on 11/4/14.

    This was their response, “Although community members have an opportunity to vote ‘with their hearts’, the final decision will be made by the figment team, this is much the same way the judges of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ respect and evaluate the popular fan vote, but still make their own determinations for the final score.”

    Which made me think the stories would be read and judged on their merit (bearing in mind each judge’s particular subjective opinion might differ from my opinion), plus the fact that there is NO indication of the heart vote on the contest rules.

    It seems as if I am wrong.

    I guess I’m a cranky old woman because I’m tired of the popularity games that run rampant all over the Internet. I feel as if I’m in high school all over again and not one of the ‘cool’ kids. So many people want you to heart their story, but how many of them actually take the time to READ the story? I would hazard a guess that none of them spend the time because they are so busy drumming up votes for their own stories. And heaven help me if I actually scored the story according to my true opinion of its merit. I could feel the venom building even as I type this.

    Anyhoo, back on topic, yes, there would be a lot of entries for the contest coordinators to read, but as a writer who has judged numerous contests over the last fourteen years, you can’t tell me that it’s an impossible task.

    It isn’t.

    Many, many stories are judged simply on the first sentence or paragraph. Heck, all of us do it when we are looking for a new book to buy.

    It would be nice if the Figment admins would pull up their big girl panties and read, or at least attempt to read, all the entries.

    The begging for votes system stinks as it doesn’t really show the quality stories, it just shows the most aggressive beggar.

    And for the record, though it would be nice to get an autographed book, I entered this contest as a challenge to myself to figure out the backstory of a villain in my middle school novels. I managed that goal.

    Therefore this contest was successful to me.

    • I have read a significant portion of the contest entries and I have my favorites, so I agree with you: it wouldn’t be all that hard for Figment to assemble a team of readers to go through and judge the pieces, and it would be a lot more fair than heart contests. I wish that was the way this contest worked!

  43. I really wish this contest wasn’t heart-based. Heart-based contests don’t judge the quality of a story, they judge how popular the person is. I have swapped with a few people, hearted their story and asked if they would kindly just read (not heart) a story of mine. I got no response. My wall is also getting filled with people constantly begging “Please heart my story!” “Iff you heart my story I’ll review yours!” and other desperate pleas for hearts. Some stories with the leading number of hearts can be put to shame by some stories I’ve read with maybe one or two hearts.

    It’s not a popularity contest.
    I don’t have time to go and badger people for swaps. I swap only to see others people’s writing and give my opinion and for them to do the same to me. Not beg them to heart my story.
    Why should the person who’s the most persistent with badgering people win a contest?
    I understand it’s hard to read everyones story, but why hold a contest if the contest can’t be judged fairly? I don’t except a response, I’m just speaking for myself and everyone else who doesn’t have 1000 followers to fall back on, and know a bunch of people to bribe.

    • They don’t even judge how popular someone is. I’ve accrued almost 90 followers during this contest (from 0), and I think only two look at whatever I put up. I didn’t have any followers to fall back on when I began this, and I have an inkling–from looking at the followers of other people on the site–that not many of them will stay active on Figment for long.

      Heart contests are based on how well you can advertise. It takes a lot of effort and is exhausting.

      I can honestly say that I’ll never join another Figment contest–especially a heart one, but particularly because they switched the deadline date from the 26th to the 5th of December two days before the 26th. I probably won’t stick around after the 5th, because I’ve learned to strongly dislike Figment in the last two months.

      I joined this contest because I thought the prizes were worth it, but now I’m not so sure. I could have emailed Sanderson for a lot less hassle, or even just waited for a book signing. Figment is just ridiculous.

  44. I just have a question on the voting period. It says in the rules that we have until Wednesday to enter the contest. Is that also the end of the voting period or will the voting period begin after all the entries have been submitted? I just don’t want to take the time to write something if there are already a ton of entries that people have begun voting on. I hope someone can clear this up for me! Thanks!

        • It’s particularly unfair because it was changed only two days before the promised deadline, when this contest has been going on for two months, and the promised deadline was November 26th. It’s something a troll would do. There was no warning.

          Two or three weeks would have been okay, or even if Figment had given us a notification and perhaps an explanation. It was literally ‘all of a sudden.’

      • Why was the contest deadline extended? Why was it done without warning, and so close to the original deadline? Why wasn’t there advanced notice?

  45. How is this good news for the top ten? It isn’t fair for us! I wrote my story last week and I am in the tofp ten already! If I could do it then others could to! You just have to want it and set your mind to it. Does this also mean that Brandon Sanderson is not judging the contest? This is absurd and unfair and I am not the only one that thinks so.

    • Exactly. There has been ample opportunity in the last two months for people to enter and win this contest.

      Suddenly extending the contest deadline for seemingly no reason is rude and shows a total lack of regard for the user base–particularly the ten or fifteen (that have been working like dogs to maintain spots) whom were promised they would either win or lose by the 26th.

    • Nay.

      Top 10: Figment community votes on the entries.

      Top 5: Chosen by Sanderson and Co.

      #1: Figment community votes on the top five.

  46. Dear Figment,

    Why is a “defined entry period, voting period, prize and winner selection method” flexible (Full Rules)? That doesn’t make any sense.

    It also appears that the date has been in question from the beginning of the contest (William, Comments of Full Rules).

    I urge Figment to return the original “entry period,” and also to clarify these rules in accordance to the contest. Is the “voting period” already going on? Or are our hearts, which are given by the figment community, not going to count once the deadline to the original (or extended, if it is not returned to the original as it should be) entry period rolls around?

    I can’t tell if this is accidental confusion or not, but I feel like I would lean for “not,” since Figment changed the defined entry period two days before said entry period ended, without any notification to the contestants, other than to change the rules–there isn’t even notice of editing on the contest information page.

    I already have lodged a complaint both in the forums and in email, but it appears that this contest page may be the only place where mods or admins actually respond to–or maybe even look at?–user concerns about the contest, or perhaps the only place they do so in a timely manner.

    As far as I am aware, however, all complaints here, the forums, or in email have been, so far, ignored. This is not an inconvenience: it is rudeness. For how many people are concerned over the deadline change, Figment should have organized some reasonable response to us by now–especially if Figment was planning to change the deadline before it was changed on the main contest page.

    My burning question: Why?

    Why would Figment do this?

    Please, tell us. There would not be such an outcry if we knew the reason was sane.

    All we have to go on currently indicates that Figment is deliberately trolling its users, and therefore does not care for the user base. If Figment loves us as, writing, and fairness as much as it declares, why would they do this without warning, without explanation?

    A big part of me doesn’t expect an admin or mod to reply here, email, or in forum, but I urge Figment to do so–promptly.

    If this is the attitude of Figment–or any writing site–towards its user base or its own rules, I don’t want to be part of the site.

    The reason we lodge such complains is the manner in which the contest is given. Heart contests are advertising contests–not even popularity or who has the most followers. As another user put it above, it only proves who “is the most aggressive beggar,” which I agree with. However, because we thought the prizes were worth it, we signed up for the challenge.

    Getting 200–or even 100 hearts–on a story is not at all easy. It takes hours of sitting in front of the monitor, posting on every user’s wall you can find–after reading their profile to see their swap policy–and then hoping that they’re active. If they do respond, then you have to return the favor to them by reading their story, then returning a meaningful comment–whether or not they hearted your story. It often takes finding double the amount of users to swap with you than the amount of hearts you have.

    It’s mind-numbing work. Then, to have Figment suddenly decide to change the rules is . . . infuriating. Now those of us who have fought for one or even two months to get to and maintain positions in the top ten have to defend our spots for another week–through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and for some of us, family affairs which we planned would come after the deadline.

    I have never liked those who don’t play by the rules–especially the ones they set forth.

    To sum up: We–or at least I and several others (whom are not lurkers in email supporting me: see the forums)–are not amused by this sudden change. We urge you to play by your own rules, or at least give an explanation–which we deserve. Even though heart contests are unfair, we’ve done what was asked of us.

    It’s Figment’s turn.

    Sincerely,
    Mars.

  47. Do you guys start reading the submissions after the deadline to turn in our work (Dec. 5), or do you read them while everyone is still submitting?

  48. This is legit getting ridiculous now, why can’t the mods answer our questions, we know they are on since they put out the new featured fig. The fact that we are getting ignored is infuriating.

  49. My entry has not been posted and it has been well over two hours. The name of my entry is “I Am Become Death”. Please help!

  50. I’m a little unclear about how the hearts for the story are counted. As it is written, it sounds like only the hearts gathered after December 5th are counted? How are you able to tell? Is that not the case, and it’s all hearts accrued?

    Also, I’m noticing my story comes up if you search for entries, but not if you click to see all entries from this page. Does it take time for that page to update?

  51. Hello. I know you say that you can’t go over 1000 words, but I was wondering if I could exceed the limit by 29 words. I’ve already deleted some important parts of the story, and if I delete more it will seem to choppy. Please let me keep it this way. It still only takes 5 minutes to read.
    Amelia

    • Hi Arnelia – so sorry but any stories that are over the 1,000 mark won’t be eligible. We wish you the best of luck trimming!

  52. Seriously admin, you answered Amelia’s question, but ignored all of our important questions figment needs to get it’s act together now before I explode and take people with me.

  53. Should the ones who already have 200 hearts and above create a new story or how will it work somince nobody can heart our stories twice????

  54. *Ignore previous post*

    The mods responded to me yay are hearts still count and the date of the chat is getting moved so Brandon will still be reading the top ten and deciding final five.

  55. Hello!

    I have another question.

    It says here that BS will pick the finalists on the live chat, but the chat is tomorrow, and the contest ends Friday. Then it says that the semi-finalists will be chosen based on hearts, and the heart voting starts on the 6th. WHAT?? Could you please explain this to me?

    Amelia

  56. It was my first submission and I wonder if I entered something wrong, but it’s been 16 hrs and my piece hasn’t shown up in the contest category as far as I can tell. Is it business days only that they’re added in?

  57. I am really.confused. Is the hearting period over? Is it going on right now? You told Isabel one thing but the rules say another. Do we create a new story so that people can heart our entries? What’s going on?

    Winner Selection. At the conclusion of the writing period, Figment users will be able to “heart” their favorite stories on the site. “Hearting” stories will take place from December 6th until December 19th. The 10 entries that receive the most hearts will be selected as semi-finalists.

    So which is it? Why was this contest NOT organized correctly? Do our hearts count before the 6th or do they only count as of now because if that is the.case then we need to recreate our stories so that people can heart them again and have them count. Please answer and don’t ignore us.

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