Game of Lives Writing Contest!




In 2,000 words or fewer, create a short story about someone who became trapped inside of a virtual reality game. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 7th to enter your story.


Five (5) winners will be chosen to not only have their stories featured on the Figment website and social media sites but will also win a $25 gift card! 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 2,000 words or less.
4. Tag your writing #GameofLives 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.
8. If you have been selected as a winner you will receive a congratulations e-mail from to your Figment e-mail address. You will then have two weeks (14 days) to reply with your physical address to receive any prizes through the mail.

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28 thoughts on “Game of Lives Writing Contest!

  1. Does it have to start like a normal begining, or can it start like half way through and kinda just happen while the character gives you clues to why, where, and when? And end as a cliff hanger?

  2. I accidentally double deleted all my emails and didn’t read them and realized you said that you would send it to the email. How can I know if I placed without the email. I really feel stupid right now. I entered the story “What’s going on?”. I was deleting stuff out of my email because I had so much stuff in it and deleted everything in my spam and for some reason most of my emails go there so I double deleted it and I deleted the others in my inbox forgetting that the competition would email me if I won or not.

  3. Have the winners been notified yet? You didn’t mention an approximate time that the emails would have been sent out, and now I’m worried that if i were to have won, i would have sadly missed the email opportunity of 2 weeks

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