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Figgy Idol

Like American Idol, only our contestants write. We are a multi-round, short story writing competition held annually-ish here on Figment. Anyone with any kind of experience is free to sign-up.

Discussion began on 01/23/2016

Figgy Idol FAQ

  • 20170513_114616 (3) Icon-founder Ellie Williams | UNAVAILABLE

    Got a question or concern? Post it here! I'll try to get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

     

    Can I audition for the upcoming season if I've auditioned before?
    Yes, with one exception: you cannot hold the title of Figgy Idol. In other words, if you've never won one of our competitions in the past, you are eligible for auditions. Even if you made it all the way to the finals and got second, you can still try again. Season three is open to (almost) everyone!

    Can I submit pieces that are works in progress?
    No, all submissions must be brand new and completed. We're not focusing on novel development in this competition. Nothing but fresh short stories or flash fiction will be accepted for the duration of this writing contest.

    Will there be a word limit?
    Yes, there will be a word maximum, but I'm usually pretty generous with it. I hate having my creativity restricted by something so tedious as a word count, so I try to give my contestants as much flexibility as possible. For most rounds, you'll probably see a maximum of 6,000 words. I never impose a word minimum.

    Will there be a specific genre?
    There may be a genre specified for a particular round, but it'll change throughout the competition. Some rounds will give you the freedom to choose whichever genre you want while others we will decide for you. It's all about challenging yourself and seeing where it takes you.

    Are we allowed to make our own topics/discussions?
    I would rather the topic and discussion creating be left to me just because I'm a control-freak like that. By all means, though, if you think of a good discussion to start, ask me. I may be willing to go with it.

    Can applicants submit fan fiction?
    When it comes to the actual prompts, I'm probably not going to allow it. It's not that I'm not a fan of it, but I'm just afraid of people not being familiar with the main story line. In my experience with fan fiction, writers tend to leave out important past plot points or character details because they assume anyone who's reading their piece is familiar with the developed story line. So, just to prevent confusion, for now I'm going to say no to fan fiction during the actual competition. This may change in the future, though. 

    Are you all okay with people writing LGBTQ+ themed stories?
    Yes, we accept stories of all relationship types--as long as it's not too outlandish. I once read a Harry Potter fan fiction that shipped Hermione Granger/Giant Squid. I can generally go with the flow with about pretty much any literary content you want to throw my way, but that was a bit far-fetched. Keep it within reason, please.

    Are we allowed to use world building and characters from past writings? For example, am I allowed to take a character I made for a different book, and use them in here, almost like a side installment in the series?
    I don't see a problem with you utilizing previous characters and storylines. However, it has to be a complete story. We will not know the other details of the series and will only see what you present to us, so it has to make sense on its own. We will not be digging through your other works to connect the pieces. If you leave a lot of loose ends because they are answered in your other story or stories, we may deem it "incomplete," and that may be detrimental to your chances of moving forward in the competition. 

    Can we submit plays/screenplays?
    In regards to the audition pieces, I'm not going to disallow it. HOWEVER, I say that with one giant caveat: most people are going to write short stories for their audition piece. In the past, we have had authors submit poetry as their audition piece, and I feel like those who did so did not display their full writing potential. In the end, it did hurt their chances of making it into the competition. It's one of the smaller reasons I stopped allowing poetry submissions in the competition. I know a screenplay or short play isn't the same thing as poetry, but it brings to mind the same concerns. If you feel like writing a screenplay or something similar will showcase your writing abilities to the fullest, go for it.

     

     IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CONTESTANTS

    • EXTENSIONS
      We will not be allowing extensions this season. The submission period has been expanded, allowing our contestants extra time to write their entries each round. The only exception to this rule would be extreme circumstances. If you believe this exception applies to you, please consult with one of the judges.
    • LATE ENTRIES
      We will not be allowing late entries this season. If you don't submit your entry by the deadline, you don't submit your entry at all. Please, please pay attention to your deadlines.
    • DISQUALIFICATION
      If you do not post an entry by the round's deadline, you will be automatically eliminated from the competition. Unless, of course, you have sorted something out with the judges. Other things that could lead to disqualification: plagiarism, cheating, bullying, harassment, et cetera. 
    • BLOG
      Be sure to stay up-to-date on our new Figgy Idol blog. I will be updating this throughout the competition with round, prompt, and other useful information pertaining to the competition. Go there now and see all that you have missed!
    • CALENDAR
      This is the rough schedule for the entire competition season. It is subject to change depending on circumstances and sometimes without warning, but I'll be sure to update you on those changes should the occur. (For easier access, I've also included the calendar below.)

     CALENDAR, SEASON FOUR







    Last edited: February 6, 2017
    ***Will be updated to reflect season four changes as they are implemented.
  • Avatar-thumb Icon-non-member Figment User

    how do we submit our piece?

  • 20170513_114616 (3) Icon-founder Ellie Williams | UNAVAILABLE

    Go back to the audition discussion and find your audition application. Hit "edit message" and place the link to your piece there. I go through the discussion every now and then to see if any posts have been edited. If you don't see your story show up on the first post of the discussion after a few days, let me know. It's easy to overlook these edits.

    Let me know if you need any more help. =]

  • Profile Icon-member Hazel Gatoya

    Hey. So I was wondering if we're allowed to use characters and worlds from another audition piece in newer audition pieces. The main character would be different, and I'd likely either have the character from the previous piece either mentioned in passing or have a very minor presence, but it would still obviously be the same world.

    Would that be okay with you guys?

     

    ANSWER

    Yes, this is fine. Each piece will be judged individually, so as long as you have all the necessary background information and the piece feels complete overall, then you should be golden.

  • Pro pic by tony trin aster Icon-member Trin Aster(full hiatus)

    I have two questions( I believe this is the correct place to put it). 

     

    One: For the season four, I got the sentence "Only psychopaths enjoy funerals". I was wondering if I could connect it to another part of the sentence, example: 

    "Only psychopaths enjoy funerals," Melv said. 

    I was wondering if that was fine. 

    Two: Are we allowed to use world building and characters from past writings? For example, am I allowed to take a character I made for a different book, and use them in here. Almost like a side installment in the series? Hazel said something like this, but I'm still a bit confused. 

    PS. For the sentence, may I change "enjoy" to "enjoyed"?

  • 20170513_114616 (3) Icon-founder Ellie Williams | UNAVAILABLE

    One: You may change the tensing, that is fine. You may also change it to be dialogue. As long as the original sentence, as a whole, is not changed--context and whatnot--you are fine.

    Two: I don't see a problem with you utilizing previous characters and storylines in your audition piece. However, it has to be a complete story. We will not know the other details of the series and will only see what you present to us, so it has to make sense on its own. We will not be digging through your other works to connect the pieces. So, if you leave a lot of loose ends because they are answered in your other story or stories, that may be detrimental to your chances of moving forward in the competition. Does that make sense?

  • Lightning bolt icon Icon-member sstwinz

    Hey! I had a quick question. Last year, contestants were placed into groups and that's the judge they'd ask for feedback for their pieces. Is it going to be like that again this year, or will we just ask any one judge?

  • 20170513_114616 (3) Icon-founder Ellie Williams | UNAVAILABLE

    It's going to be kind of a mixture of the two scenarios you presented. There won't be any permanent feedback groups this season, but only a specific number of contestants can approach any one judge. The contestants will get to pick which judge they work with for that round, but it's on a first-come, first-serve basis. So, say the judge you want to work with only has three available slots, and three contestants before you have already selected that judge to receive feedback from. You would have to wait until the next round to work with that particular judge and pick a different one for the current round--that is, if you want feedback from the judges to begin with. Of course, you are free to reach out to outside sources should that appeal to you more.

    Does that clarify the feedback groups?

  • Nature Icon-member Colton Liddick

    Are poems allowed in this contest or is it only for short stories?

  • 20170513_114616 (3) Icon-founder Ellie Williams | UNAVAILABLE

    We only accept short stories. I can't speak for all of the judges, but I know that I, personally, do not have the proper knowledge to helpfully critique poetry, so I don't think it would be fair of me to offer feedback on the literary style.

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