New Writing Contest! #DysfunctionalFamily



In 3,000 words or fewer, write a story about a dysfunctional family. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 18 to enter your story.


Eleven (11) winners will be chosen by Figment editors. Only one (1) GRAND PRIZE winner from those 11 will be chosen by Figment editors. The remaining ten winners will receive a free copy of How To Write a Novel by Melanie Sumner and the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will have their story critiqued by Melanie herself! 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 3,000 words or less.
4. Tag your writing #dysfunctionalfamily 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:

Aristotle “Aris” Thibodeau is 12.5 years old and destined for greatness. Ever since her 9781101873472father’s death, however, she’s been stuck in the small town of Kanuga, Georgia, where she has to manage her mother Diane’s floundering love life and dubious commitment to her job as an English professor. Not to mention co-parenting a little brother who hogs all the therapy money.

Luckily, Aris has a plan. Following the advice laid out in Write a Novel in Thirty Days! she sets out to pen a bestseller using her charmingly dysfunctional family as material. If the Mom-character, Diane, would ditch online dating and accept that the perfect man is clearly the handyman/nanny-character, Penn MacGuffin, Aris would have the essential romance for her plot (and a father in her real life). But when a random accident uncovers a dark part of Thibodeau family history, Aris is forced to confront the fact that sometimes in life—as in great literature—things might not work out exactly as planned.

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19 thoughts on “New Writing Contest! #DysfunctionalFamily

  1. Hello, I was wondering if you could enter a bit of a pre- existing novel into this contest? I have a story and it is 30 000 words over the limit, and I was wondering if I could enter the first few chapters into this. If so (or not), please let me know. Thanks, and have a nice day!


    • Of course! If your first few chapters fit the theme that’s perfectly fine! You’ll just need to create a new writing so that the word limit fits with the guidelines. Good luck!

    • Hi Dasine – once you create a new writing in “My Desk” you’ll simply add the tag “dysfunctionalfamily” in your Details tab. Your story will be entered into the contest! Good luck!

  2. So are the figment reviewers ever going to judge or post the results of the past, what, five contests? Or are you all just going to keep starting new contests and not worry about actually picking winners?

    • Absolutely – unless specifically stated otherwise, you’re welcome to submit as many stories as you would like, you can only win once though. Good luck!

  3. So if we enter this contest, will we still hold the rights to our work? Because the rules state that all entries will be “sole and exclusive property” of, if I read correctly.

    • Hi Lexi – unless stated otherwise (very very rare occasions such as a magazine article) all of your stories and property on Figment belongs to you. We will not be posting it or republishing it anywhere without your permission. Thanks for checking in just in case!

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