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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.

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Season 4, Auditions: SHOW US WHAT YOU'VE GOT

  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams

    A new year, a new season...

    Welcome to season four of Figgy Idol! We have so much planned for you already, and we can’t wait to get started. If you’re returning for more, we are ecstatic to have you back! For those of you just joining us, I can’t wait to see what you can do! My name is Ellie, and I am the founder, host, and a judge here at Figgy Idol. I started this competition back in 2014; never once did I imagine that it would last this long. I am extremely happy and humbled to see so much interest and enthusiasm in this project, and I’ve loved every minute that I’ve spent working on it. My only hope is that you enjoy this experience and gain something from it, as well.

    Before we get tangled in the details of the audition process, I would just like to take a moment to point out some things about the competition and some extra links to be aware of.

    First and foremost, let me take a moment to introduce you all to my fellow judges this season: Becka, Grant, Jo, and Tilda. These users will be your guides and eyes throughout this process. LISTEN TO THEM AND THEIR FEEDBACK. It’s not given emptily. You may not always agree with what they’re saying, but they do determine your fate in this competition, yeah? Honestly, though, they’re all great people and well-versed in the writing arena, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them for anything.

    I do have a blog that I use for Figgy Idol, and it can be found here. Last season, I kind of dropped the ball on this. We’ll see how well I do this season. For now, though, the blog features everything you need to know about the upcoming season. A few posts you should take a glance at:

    Some of the same information can be found here on Figment. Additionally, there are a few discussions I want you to be aware of here in the group:

    I strongly, STRONGLY urge you to look at the Calendar. The reason behind this is I cannot stress how much of a commitment this competition is--for everyone involved, especially the contestants. This is not a short contest by any stretch of the imagination; in fact, it goes on for about six months. Please only apply if you are willing to commit yourself to the entire length of the competition, whatever length of time that happens to be. Nothing is more aggravating than contestants who disappear without notice, especially when that spot could have gone to someone who was able to participate throughout the duration of the competition. So, please be sure you are able to commit yourself fully before auditioning. Thank you.

    Figgy Idol is also a SHORT STORY competition, not a novel competition. Contestants will have to write a short story, under 6,000 words in length, every round. There will be nine rounds (ten if you include the audition round). Contestants will get ten days to write and submit an entry. During this period, contestants may approach one judge per round prior to the round’s deadline for in-depth feedback on their work-in-progress. Once the submission deadline has passed, the judges will then read every entry, write a small paragraph about what they thought of the piece, and submit their top and bottom writers for that round. Based on those lists, eliminations will be determined. Eliminations will happen EVERY ROUND and will vary by round.

    NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. We do not offer deadline extensions. I understand that unexpected circumstances arise, and they are unfortunate. By offering ten days instead of the seven we had been offering two seasons ago is our compromise on that. With my hectic schedule and that of the other judges’, we need a schedule set in stone. So, we set one, and we are giving you plenty of notice. We will try our damnedest to stick to it. We judges also have very strict deadlines that we must adhere to, and we have even less time to complete our tasks. We have consequences should we fail to meet these deadlines, as well. You are not the only ones feeling the pressure, promise. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them to me directly.

    More details will be given as each round is presented.

    Now, then. Are you ready to get started? Then, let’s go!


    We started last season by having our future contestants write a brand-new story during auditions, and we are continuing that this season. Not only does it introduce you to our prompt style and expectations, but it also shows us how well you handle our restrictions. What you will do is fill out the audition application (found below) FIRST. At the bottom of the form, you will see a section that tells you to pick a number. That number corresponds to a list of sentences we judges have compiled. A sentence from the list number you select will then be assigned to you. Hopefully within twenty-four hours after we receive your application.

    What you must do with that sentence is simple: write a story. That sentence has to be your FIRST SENTENCE. Where you take the story from there is entirely up to you. It can be about anything your heart desires. Any genre, any time era, any location--anything. Well, anything that you create. We do not accept fan fiction as a general rule here at Figgy Idol, but everything else is fair game.

    Simple, right?

    Don’t stress about selecting the same number as someone else; for the most part, each applicant will have a different sentence regardless.


    1. You must pick a number between 1 and 5, but you can only pick a single number.
    2. Your entries for the audition round should not exceed 3,000 words.
    3. Entries need to be posted on Figment as a new story, no exceptions.
    4. Stories should be void of excessive brutality, violence, and sexuality.
    5. You will have until the audition round has ended to submit your entry (more details below).
    6. Again, please post the audition application FIRST. When you are ready to submit your entry, please either edit your original application post with the link to your story or post the link in a separate post. If you go with the latter, I will edit your original post, add the link to it, and hide your second post. It’s all for organization’s sake.
    7. Do not submit your entry unless you are ready for it to be judged. Judging can and will happen at any time. While the judges do have a set timeframe to judge, by submitting your story, you are telling us that you are happy with it and that it can be critiqued by us.
    8. No late entries will be accepted, so be sure to post your story prior to the deadline.

    Below, you will find the audition application. You will also see that I have placed a few notes in italicized parentheses. These are to help guide you through the application process. Please DELETE these notes prior to posting your form. Otherwise, it can get a bit cluttered. Please, and thank you.

    REMEMBER: Post the form, receive your prompt, write your story, then submit the link.

    • Pen Name: (What name do you go by in this lovely writing community? Only put your screen name if that’s truly what you want me to call you, luvs2write95. It doesn’t sound very good, does it?)
    • What is your writing background? (What writing experiences have you had? Any awards won? How long have you been writing? What got you started? Curiosity killed the cat, or so the saying goes. I’m just interested in seeing everyone’s writing background.)
    • What is your favorite genre to write? (If you can’t name just one, that’s fine. Try not to go over three, please.)
    • What are your strongest areas in writing? (Characterization, emotion, dialogue, plot--what does everyone tell you is the best aspect of your writing? What comes easily and naturally? What is your favorite part of the writing process?)
    • What areas of writing do you struggle with the most? (It’s the opposite of the previous questions--what areas do you need the most assistance with? If you could tell the judges to help you improve one aspect of your writing during the course of this competition, what would it be?)
    • Pick a number: (Please refer to the prompt and rules for further explanation. Those who do not fill out this section correctly may have their application voided.)

    Again, once you have submitted the form, received your prompt, and are ready submit your entry for judging, please either edit your application post and attach the link to the bottom of your form or post the form in a separate post. I will take care of keeping everything straight. If one of your posts disappears and you can’t figure out why, please let one of us know. Most likely it was one of us moving things around, but sometimes things go astray. Also, if you submitted your entry and do not see it listed in the master list at the bottom of this post, kindly let me know. I have accidentally skipped over a story or two during the previous audition cycles.

    If you have any questions regarding the prompt, please ask them here. If your question pertains to any other aspect of the competition, please submit them in our FAQ discussion.


    At that time, I will be locking the discussion. No submissions will be accepted after that point. If you post a form but fail to submit an audition piece, your entry will be voided. Be sure to post those links on time! In the end, twenty contestants will be invited to compete in Figgy Idol's fourth season.




  • Avatar-thumb Icon-non-member Figment User
    • Pen Name: Emma
    • What is your writing background? I've been writing since I was about nine. I would give my stories to my family to critique, but it felt like they were always saying they were awesome, not actaully giving me a good review. Then I found writing websites. I liked those because I knew people would always give me honest reviews. I joined Quotev and Wattpad first, then I joined Figment just a couple of days ago.
    • What is your favorite genre to write? I don't really have one, I like them all except for sci-fi.
    • What are your strongest areas in writing? Well, I guess I'd have to say characterization. People always tell me that my characters actaully feel like real people, not like characters.
    • What areas of writing do you struggle with the most? I struggle most with starting my story. I have troub making the first paragraph perfect, something I feel decides whether the reader wants to read on or not.
    • Pick a number: 1

    Sentence assignment: "The mouth-watering aroma of the bakery spread a smile across my face, as it always had."
    Entry: Mixed
  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams

    @Emma, thank you for your application! Your sentence assignment is: "The mouth-watering aroma of the bakery spread a smile across my face, as it always had."

  • Hippogriffs Icon-member James Mayfield

    Pen Name: James Mayfield

    What is your writing background? I had competed in a Figgie competition before and it was called the  Carnival of Figgie's.  I had gotten my works published twice for a school magazine for creative writing in high school. I have started writing around 2014. The reason why I started writing is because I had so many ideas in my head that I needed to write and  I always love having other ways to escape the world around me too.

    What is your favorite genre to write? I don't have a favorite genre to write about since I love trying out new genres.  

    What are your strongest areas in writing? Everyone tells me that my ideas are very unique and a lot of people like the characters that I have written.  The things that come to naturally is coming up with really interesting ideas.  My favorite part of the writing process is when I have completed  a story that I have work really hard on. 

    What areas of writing do you struggle with the most?  Grammar and finding ways not to show or tell what's going on can be very tricky for me at times.

    Pick a number: 3

    Sentence assignment: "Nobody liked Craig."
  • 12010680_913964128695471_729557875043881767_o Icon-moderator Becka Plitt

    @James Thanks for your application!  Your sentence is: "Nobody liked Craig."

  • Trin_aster_pro Icon-member Trin Aster
    • Pen Name:  Trin
    • What is your writing background: I've only been writing for 3-4 years, I've only entered a contest once before, I didn't win, but that was about a year ago. The real reason I've never joined is because I've always been afraid if I get discouraged. But I'm older now and that's how life goes, so I'm going to try my frickin' hardest, if I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. That's how it works, and that's God's will for me. (Sorry if you don't believe in God, I'd understand, but it's what I believe) 
    • What is your favorite genre to write: Fantasy, definitely. I try to have a big imagination
    • What are your strongest areas in writing: Err, maybe descriptions? I know, horrible aren't I? 
    • What areas of writing do you struggle with the most: Probably dialogue. I'm homeschooled so I am at home most of the time. 
    • Pick a number: Four, plz. 
    • Link: High Priestess of the Blue
    Sentence assignment: "Only psychopaths enjoy funerals."
  • 12010680_913964128695471_729557875043881767_o Icon-moderator Becka Plitt

    @WordSpark Thanks for your application!  Your sentence is: "Only psychopaths enjoy funerals."

  • Win_20171002_15_52_16_pro Icon-member Kiamesha Denise Sims

    Pen Name:  Kiamesha Denise Sims

    What is your writing background:  I've been writing since age 5, in my first journal. Then I did poetry for a while. Then I started writing short stories and novels. It was mostly about my day and it was my favorite routine of the day! I joined the website my freshmen year of high school (2010). I found it because of my favorite teacher. I created a profile but it got deleted by mistake. However, I started from ground zeros and I am so happy that I kinda got a second chance and my love of writing gets stronger every day =)

    What is favorite genre to write: Mystery, suspense, romance, drama etc

    What is your strongest areas in writing:  Inspiration I guess......

    What areas of writing do you struggle:  Showing a story instead of telling

    Pick A Number:  5


    Sentence assignment: "The light breeze ruffled the grass and danced through the leaves, but it was all wrong."

    Link: The White Circle Society, Part 1

  • 12010680_913964128695471_729557875043881767_o Icon-moderator Becka Plitt

    @Kiamesha Thanks for your application!  Your sentence is: "The light breeze ruffled the grass and danced through the leaves, but it was all wrong."

  • Profile picture Icon-member Rachel Rauch

    Pen Name: Rachel Rauch

    Writing Background: I have been writing short stories since I was a little kid but I knew I wanted to be a writer and have been writing novels since seventh grade. Since then, I have changed my writing style to reflect my love of dark fairy tales and dark fantasy. I have won three of the Figment contests, all with rather darker stories so that tells you what kind of stories I write the most. I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and I am looking to apply for the Works-in-Progress Award. I have been published three times in my school's literary art magazine. Right now, I am working on a novel about a magic school that was inspired by Carry On and The Magicians.

    What is your favorite genre to write? LGBT dark fantasy and dark fairy tales

    What are your strongest areas of writing? Definitely world building and creating magic systems. Ever since I started writing my current novel, I have found that I love writing about magic and magicians. It has been hard to get out of the dark fairy tale mindset ever since but I will definitely try.

    What areas of writing do you struggle with? I probably struggle with character development the most. There are times when my characters are very inconsistent. Where I write them and then they change midway through the story and I don't bother to go back and revise what was written before.

    Pick a number: 4

    Sentence assignment: "Once Upon a Time..."

    Link: The Woods

    *Quick Note: Sexuality usually denotes sexual orientation or gender one is born with, not sex as in erotic content. You may want to change this in your rules.

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