In 816 words or fewer, write a short story where your main character does anything to be popular. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 16 to enter your story.
Ten winners will receive a free copy of We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen, a Figment notebook 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 Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 816 words or less.
4. Tag your writing #molecules 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:
“There’s so much to love about this story . . . but what grabbed me the most is the humor.” —Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of the Newbery Medal
Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.
Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless.
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.
Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.
They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.
Praise for Susin Nielsen
“Nielsen is a wonderful writer, smart, engaging, entertaining.” —CM magazine
“Nielsen has real talent for comedy, zoning in on just the right level of snark.” —Kirkus Reviews
What Other Authors Are Saying
“Susin Nielsen is one of the best writers working today. In We Are All Made of Molecules, her astonishing ability to combine insight, tenderness, poignancy, and uproarious humor is in full flower. Susin Nielsen is a genius, and kids and adults alike will adore this book.” —Susan Juby, author of The Truth Commission
“My, my, my what a skilled, gifted writer Susin is!… I was laughing so hard and unexpectedly that my wife asked if I was reading something I’d written. I’m embarrassed to think I’d laugh at my own stuff like that. Now, tell me: Who do I write to join the Susin Nielsen fan club?” —Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Medal–winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
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