Welcome to Figment’s MARCH MATCHUP!

There will be 5 different rounds of short story tournaments to challenge each of you to be creative, quick and diverse with unique writing prompts. Only a select few will make it to the FIGMENT FINALS so start writing now and GOOD LUCK!

ONLY the 16 winners from this round will be eligible to win round 2 so GOOD LUCK everyone!

ROUND 1 Prompt

In 250 words or fewer, pick a quote from a published author or book and write about it. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8th to enter your story.

There will be 16 winners from this round whom will be eligible for prizes so best of luck to you all!

1. Do we have to write about the quote or incorporate it in our story?
– Either one! We’re excited to see what you come up with.
2. Can I participate if I don’t live in the USA?
– Unfortunately we can only ship prizes to winners in the USA at this time.
3. If we don’t win round 1 can we win round 2?
– This contest works similar to March Madness – only the first 16 winners will be eligible to win round 2. Only those 8 winners will be eligible to win round 3 and so on.
4. Can we write a poem?
– Of course! We love poems!

How to enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or less.
4. Tag your writing #marchmatchup1 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

  • Scr_1383177306-700x437
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  • Cover-normal
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    I'm Still Breathing

    Quote from Richelle Mead. "We can't stop living because other people are dead." For #marchmatchup1

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  • Img_6123
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    Already Gone

    My entry piece for the March Match Up contest.

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  • Dead sparrows (1)
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    Paying Death

    ~ March Matchup Round 1 Winner~ A truth most people don’t realize is that “even death has a heart” (Markus Zusak, The Book Thief). S…

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  • Cover-normal
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    On Writers

    For Week 1 of the March Matchup Contest, I find inspiration in the last lines of E.B. White's 1952 novel, Charlotte's Web.

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  • Image
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    If Only

    Written for March Matchup Round 1. Based off the Anton Chekhov quote: " me the glint of light on broken glass."

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  • Bad-trip-still
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    Right Before

    “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” - H.P LOVECRA…

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  • Cover-normal
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    The Ring

    “There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.” - Scott Lynch, <em>The Lies of Locke Lamora</em>

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  • Mmad1
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    Still Breathing

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  • Covers
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    Roller Coaster

    For the March Matchup, Round One: Pick a quote from a published author or book, and let it inspire you to write a piece 250-words long…

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  • Door drawing
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    The Blind Lead in the Dark

    For the March Matchup competition. Each line begins with a word from one of my favourite Shakespeare quotes, "Our doubts are traitors,…

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  • Shadows and glass
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    Shadow and Glass

    Round 1 Winner of the March Matchup Contest! “I can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness.” –Paper Towns

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77 thoughts on “MARCH MATCHUP Round 1!

  1. Do we have to incorporate the quote directly into the story? Or can we just add ‘based on this quote’ into the description?

  2. Do we have to enter each round to participate, or we can we write entries for some rounds and not others?

    • Yes, only the 16 winners from round one will be eligible to win round 2, only those 8 winners will be eligible to win round 3, etc. GOOD LUCK!

  3. I have one question about the part in the instructions where it states that the quote must come from a published author or book. I would like to write about a quote from Socrates, but I am not quite sure that he had published anything during his lifetime. So, would it still be eligible to write about his quote since he is a famous philosopher?

  4. Mine isn’t showing up yet, even though I got a pop-up confirmation YESTERDAY AFTERNOON for my entry…. What’s going on???

    • I’m not seeing mine, either, though I published them before midnight last night. :/ Anything to do or know about this?

  5. Okay, so I just realized that this contest says to use a quote from an AUTHOR OR BOOK. The quote that my [unpublished] story is based on isn’t…so it probably isn’t valid?

  6. If we live outside the US, if we forgo the prizes, can we still participate? I’d like to participate for the joy of competing but I wouldn’t want to be disqualified for living outside the US.

    • Winners will be chosen on the morning of March 9th along with the announcement of Round 2 for those 16 people. Good luck!

  7. If I don’t live in the USA and don’t care about winning any prizes (except a title as a writing contest winner, can I enter?

  8. Already entered this, only to come back now and see the new ‘FAQ’ bit that now says you don’t ship prizes outside the USA. Is it like that for every contest? And does that make my entry invalid (I live in the UK)?

    • Your entry isn’t invalid but we will be unable to ship prizes at this time. Your story would still be featured on the webpage and social channels. So sorry!

  9. This seems like kind’ve a silly question but could I use a quote that’s not from a PUBLISHED author? My friend writes and she told me something pretty amazing about writing. I want to use her quote if that’s ok.

  10. Something is wrong with my tab. No matter how many times I copy paste it, from other books that have been tagged or from this post itself, the pop up conformation never shows up.

    What do I have to do for it to pop up?

  11. So, how exactly will this contest be judged? Will it be judged by how many people actually look at our work and heart it, etc. Or will it be chosen by a few selected judges?

  12. Can we write using quotes from songs if the lyrics have at least been published, online or otherwise? I relate better to music than writing but only barely.

  13. If our writing is over 250 words, will it be accepted or not? Or only read until 250 words, and looking at only that part of the story to determine whether you won or not.

    • Only stories 250 and below will be judged. You’re welcome to continue after the first round is complete though. Good luck!

  14. If I have a poem I’ve previously published on figment, but I’ve recently reworked it to a great extent (thought not completely rewritten it) can I enter that?

    (After deleting the previous version of it?)

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Katherine! Yes, as long as it’s published as a new story or poem on the site within the contest period, it will be recognized as an entry.

  15. hi! what if like one of the winners live outside of US. like lets say Philippines,South East Asia and he/she agrees to shoulder the excess shipping fee will that do? thanks!

  16. You’ve answered any other questions except the ones relating to using quotes from songs… Are we allowed or not allowed

  17. I’m pretty sure I did everything needed to enter but I haven’t received any notice of being in the contest. I don’t know what I did wrong?

  18. Hello,

    I submitted my entry just before midnight yesterday but it’s still not showing up among the entries. Did it make it in? I only say this because I’ve had entries in the past, for other contests, that were put in well before the deadline that didn’t make it up either. Had to get help from a Figment admin.

    Please let me know where I stand and thank you for your time,


  19. I was just kind of curious when the winners of this round would be announced. It doesn’t really stem from impatience, since it’s been less than 24 hours from the deadline. It’s more so that the judging typically takes quite a bit of time in these contests, and I was wondering how that would come into play in an event where the challenges are meant to be given weekly.

    • Hi Anthony! We read and judged all entries early March 9th (yesterday) and posted a brand new prompt once the winners were picked and announced. I hope that helps!

  20. Okay, can you please answer this? Would the winners have received an email just for them or just a general “Here are the Winners” type of email? I received an email telling me about the author chat and the second round, but I haven’t seen the winners, nor can I get to a page for the second round. If I had won, would I know?

    • Hi Eastlyn, the winners have been posted in a new Daily Fig blog post. Each winner will also receive a notification e-mail today to let them know of the remaining time they have to participate in round 2.

    • Hi Dave! You are welcome to click Daily Fig or Contests at the top to find our recent post announcing Round 1 winners. Thanks!

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