Welcome to Figment’s MARCH MATCHUP – Round 5!

This is the FINAL ROUND of our short story tournament to challenge each of you to be creative, quick and diverse with unique writing prompts. You are all welcome to participate however, only the 2 winners (Linda D. and Valkerie Thomas) from round 4 are eligible to win.

ROUND 5 Prompt

In 250 words or fewer, include this dialogue, “This.” He sighed, sweeping his arm through the air. “This is what ignorance does.” You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 31st to enter your story.

There will be 1 grand prize winner from this round so best of luck to you both!

1. Do we have to include this exact quote?
– 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 the previous rounds 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. However, you are still welcome to participate for fun!
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 #marchmatchup5 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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7 thoughts on “MARCH MATCHUP – FIGMENT FINALS! (Round 5)

  1. Can’t believe I’ve made it this far! I do have a couple questions, though. First, are we allowed multiple entries? I know I’ve asked before, but given that this is the final round, it seems particularly important this time. Secondly, does the quote have to be in past tense? In some cases, “He sighs” can sound much better than “He sighed,” but I wanted to double check.


    • Hi Valkerie – yes multiple entries are allowed and for this particular quote it should be exact.

      Thanks for writing and best of luck to you both!

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