Welcome to Figment’s MARCH MATCHUP – Round 2!

This is round 2 of our 5 short story tournaments to challenge each of you to be creative, quick and diverse with unique writing prompts. You are all welcome to participate however, only the 16 winners from round 1 are eligible to win this round.

ONLY the 8 winners from this round will be eligible to win round 3 so GOOD LUCK everyone!

ROUND 2 Prompt

In 250 words or fewer, include the dialog, “That plan didn’t fly, genius, and now we’re short a turret.” You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 15th to enter your story.

There will be 8 winners from this round whom will be eligible for round 2 prizes so best of luck to you all!

1. Do we have to include this exact quote in our story?
– Yes!
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 still submit a story?
– This contest works similar to March Madness – only the first 16 winners will be eligible to win this round. 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!
5. My story is 251 words, will it still be judged?
– Only stories 250 words and below will be eligible to win.

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 #marchmatchup2 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

  • Serenity
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    Scene 18B, Take 31

    Adam can't seem to nail his line and the rest of the Firefly cast and crew are over it. Short story fanfiction based on Joss Whedon's …

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  • Loveforever (1)
    • 1
    • 0


    ~March Matchup Round 2~ In times of trouble, we discover just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.

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  • Eternity
    • 2
    • 0


    March Matchup Round 2 contest - third entry

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  • Shell necklace (2)
    • 1
    • 0

    Token of Friendship

    ~March Matchup Round 2~ Friendships come in all shapes and sizes. They can be formed in minutes or take years. The people involved ca…

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  • Cover-normal
    • 49
    • 8

    Game Over

    "That plan didn't fly, genius, and now we're short a turret!"

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  • Castles
    • 10
    • 0

    The Reluctant Emissary

    MarchMatchUp Round 2 Winner -“That plan didn’t fly, genius, and now we’re short a turret.”

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  • Index
    • 1
    • 0


    3rd entry for marchmatchup round 2 contest. we had to include the piece of dialogue; "That plan didn't fly, genius, and now we're shor…

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  • Revolver-trigger-michael-tompsett
    • 1
    • 0

    The Brothers Hitman

    I know I can't win, but you did say anyone can play!!

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  • Cover7
    • 0
    • 0

    Jacks diary:Sisters birthday

    Its Lucys birthday today and the only thing Jack can think to get her is a piece to her toy castle, but hell soon relize toy shopping…

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  • Fdd
    • 1
    • 0

    A Failed Mission

    for the march matchup round 2 contest. we had to use this piece of dialogue; "That plan didn't fly, genius, and now we're short a turr…

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  • Aged note (1)
    • 1
    • 0

    Message of Hope

    ~March Matchup Round 2 Winner~ When the world is falling into chaos all around us, hope can sometimes be found in the most unlikely o…

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  • Lego-bricks-wall-colorful-background_53-18022
    • 4
    • 1


    Round 2 Winner of the March Matchup Contest! From something broken, many things may be built.

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16 thoughts on “MARCH MATCHUP Round 2!

  1. Will the winners of Round One be posted anywhere, or are they being hidden until the end of the entire contest?

    • Hi Anthony, yes the winners from round one have been announced. Each winner will also receive an e-mail today to notify them of how much time they have to participate in round 2. Thanks!

  2. I just have a really quick question. I’m a winner from round one. For the first round we were allowed to submit multiple stories to the prompt. Is that allowed for this one, or are we only allowed one story?

    • Congrats Shelby! You are welcome to enter as many stories as you would like. We will be reading them all tagged with marchmatchup2. Good luck!

      • That is so awesome! I have a few ideas floating around my head and was dreading having to choose which one to enter. Thanks 🙂

  3. Hi, I was wondering that if you didn’t register in the last comp, can you still write something this time? Not to win anything, just to write about it ^-^

    • Absolutely! We would love to see your entries! As you mentioned, only the first 16 winners are eligible to win round 2 but please feel free to use the latest prompts. Have fun!

  4. Can I break up the quote like: “That plan didn’t fly, genius,” he said, scowling at his brother, “Now were short a turret.”

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