All The Bright Places Contest!




In 555 words or fewer, write a short story about a special place that has inspired you. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, February 20th to enter your story.


Ten winners will receive a Figment Tote Bag, a free copy of All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and will 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, Instagram 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 555 words or less.
4. Tag your writing #BrightPlaces 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.

About the book:

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill All-the-Bright-Places-jkthimself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Gayle Forman, Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

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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84 thoughts on “All The Bright Places Contest!

  1. What do you mean by “special place”. Like does it have to be a literal place, like a park or something, or could it more of a state of mind, if you get what I mean? Thanks!

  2. I was reading the full contest rules, and I’m a bit confused on how the winners are going to be chosen. Are all the entries going to be read and judged, or is it just a random draw?

  3. I posted my entry but it hasn’t shown up. Is it possible that I put the wrong tag on it? Or that it is just taking time to show up?

      • That’s perfect, Angelina! Our hashtag simply lets you know where the tag is – it’s not necessary to be in your description. Good luck!

  4. Does the short-story have to be real? Or can it be fictional? (There is a fictional plot and characters but the *place* is real.)

  5. Since writing classes have inspired me through the years, I was thinking of setting my story in classroom but with a twist. Anything can happen and everything does happen.
    Is that getting off theme?

  6. Er, is this contest International? The full rules says it is, but the same is said in the Winter Writing contest but in the comments I saw that it’s for USA only. I just want to make sure. Thank you! 🙂

    • At this time we are only able to send prizes out in the USA. We will be looking to new ways to open them internationally. Thanks for checking in!

  7. Can the place he simply a general place? For example “a waterfall” or does have to be a place with a name that everyone would know? For example Niagra Falls.

  8. I have entered done what I thought was necessary to enter my story in the competition but I do not see it among the entrants.

    I wrote the story and before publishing it put #Brightplaces in the details.

    Is there something more that I should do?


  9. Does this have to be a true like story? I have a short story written about a place that could be inspiring… but its fantasy and extremely pretty much impossible to actually happen. Would that still count?

  10. So I did everything it said but, I didn’t get anything saying I entered a Contest… Was the ment to happen or did I do something wrong?

    • I did the same thing. Go back and check your work. In the description, there’s a good chance your “#BrightPlaces” might not be there. It tends to get lost in the process. Go back, put it in again, and see if that works.

    • Hi Ashnika, unfortunately we are unable to send out prizes via international mail at this time. We will still be happy to feature your stories!

    • Hi Lyndsay – absolutely. We will reach out to each of the 10 winners for their physical address. If you are not interested in receiving a prize through the mail, we will be happy to still feature your story! Good luck!

  11. There have been about 10 comments stating, “when will the winners be announced?”. I would honestly like to know this myself. It would be nice if you would even respond to the comments section. I understand that you are busy, but this contest came way before the March Contests. I believe that it is only fair to finish what you started. Sorry if that came off as rude, but I have been dying to know the results!

  12. Seriously? Where are the results? Well, if they don’t come out before this month is over, I am NEVER doing a figment contest again. This is seriously stupid.

  13. I was just wondering if the winners will be announced shortly because it’s been almost two months now since this contest deadline 🙁 I’ve just been so incredibly curious but I’m about to give up hope lately :/ I don’t mean to sound rude or impatient, I just think this is so sad 🙁

  14. I can’t believe that the first contest I enter on Figment is such a disaster. And it’s not just this contest either. The Seeker contest hasn’t announced winners either.
    Hate to say it, but I’m leaving figment.

  15. Okay, it’s been almost four months. Can you guys please announce the winners? Do you even remember this contest was created? *sigh* I hope eventually the results will be posted, but probably unlikely.

  16. I find it kind of sad that two months after the deadline, they still haven’t announced any winners for this contest 🙁

  17. Sure would be nice if they could announce the winners of this before releasing anymore contests beyond the two they already have….

    Very curious as to when—if ever—we will get the results from this.

  18. Having entered this contest myself, I actually had forgotten winners hadn’t been announced. Perhaps there was not a clear winner, or ??? Figment???

  19. Let’s just be cheesy and say that we all won this contest because there is no other post of the winners. Obviously it was a disaster but we all won 🙂

  20. In case anyone bothers to scroll down this far to see if the Figgie Admin people have answered the loooooooooong awaited question of who the winners for this contest are, while it hasn’t been “offically” posted on the contest page (which it should have been!), if you go to the spotlight page and scroll to the very bottom, it shows the ten winning stories for the All The Bright Places contest.

    To those who won, congrats; to those who didn’t, maybe we’ll have better luck next time; to those who don’t plan on entering any more contests ever again, I completely understand and wish I had your resolve; and to those who are ticked that Figment hasn’t been announcing the contests winners in a timely manner, join the club.

    Have a nice day

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