Shadow Scale Contest!



In 777 words or fewer, write a fantasy short story where one animal can turn into another. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 30 to enter your story.


Ten winners will receive a free copy of Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman 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 777 words or less.
4. Tag your writing #shadowscale 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 kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy 9780375866579balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

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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36 thoughts on “Shadow Scale Contest!

  1. I know with other contests, poetry has counted, but the requirements here say “write a short story.” Can this be poetry, or must it be in paragraph form?

  2. Two questions
    1) Does it have to be a real animal or can it be a fictional one (ej: chimera, phenix, kraken)

    2) Do human count as animals?

  3. Hi, I uploaded my entry with the relevant tag last night, but it doesn’t seem to be showing up in the contest entries. Can you help me?

  4. As previously asked by others I was hoping to better understand when/how winners will be selected and notified. Thank you.

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