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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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ROUND FIVE: You're Talking In Riddles

  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams

    Again, I'm super, SUPER short on time this morning, so I will just get right to it.


    Dialogue is the entertainment of your story. It’s a mechanism that allows the writer to get critical plot points out in the open without having to go into lengthy details and, at the same time, keep the story moving. Because of this, a lot of writers rely on dialogue to support the story when it actually should be the other way around. The dialogue should add to the story as opposed to run it. And your dialogue should be smart, meaningful. The mundane has its purpose, but it isn’t in what your characters are saying. For this round, we will be focusing solely on dialogue, hence why I chose a play for the song of this round’s title.

    ROUND FIVE: You’re Talking In Riddles

    We are going to take some of you out of your comfort zones for this round. We are not asking you to write us a short story; instead, you will be writing us a short play. Or screenplay, if you prefer. (During auditions, someone asked if they could submit a screenplay, and this is the reason why I couldn’t say no outright.) Since this round’s topic is dialogue, we feel that this exercise is a great way to explore it.

    You must pick one of the following types of conversation to use as your dialogue:

    • An argument (could also be a confrontation)
    • A revelation/admission of some kind,
    • A romantic/flirtatious exchange

    More than one writer can have the same type of conversation, so there’s no need to clamor over them. Using script-like formatting, you must convey this interaction through dialogue only. You may include small stage directions if you are comfortable doing so. Otherwise, keep it as basic as possible. The conversation must take place between two characters only.

    The biggest challenge with this prompt will be trying to convey your characters’ personalities through their verbal interactions. Go back two rounds to when we started talking about characterization. That was all background noise, details to keep in mind. (You don’t have to use those same characters in this prompt, but remember the techniques you used.) This is when you get to bring it all to the forefront and really play with their traits through the way they communicate (accents, repeated phrases, the rhythm in which they speak, grammar, how they approach the topic at hand [are they defensive or calm?], et cetera). Don’t forget about mixing in scenery and other sensory details when creating your background information. That all still exists even though we’re only focusing on the dialogue. It still should be a story, but one that is conveyed through spoken words.

    In the end, we are not asking you to write a full-on play or screenplay. You don’t have to incorporate any of the technical terms if you are not comfortable doing so. We are aware that this is not going to be everyone’s forte and that it is meant to be a challenge. Don’t stress about it; just explore the topic and have fun with it. If you are unfamiliar with writing screenplays and short plays or want a little more direction, I have compiled a list of helpful links for you to explore. If these are not sufficient, feel free to further explore the topics via Google or other web search engines.

    Grant has also posted a sample script for you to look at if you need a direct visual example. This can be found here. If you still find yourself struggling with this topic and need more examples, please let us know here. We can get you the material you need to make sure you’re on the same page as us.

    Your stories can be any length up to 3,000 words and take place in any realm, place, or time. The deadline for this round is Thursday, April 20th at 11:59PM MST. All content will be accepted. However, please don’t go too heavy on the gory, violent, or erotic details. Do not submit your links in this discussion until your story is ready to be judged (but be sure to post it before the deadline). No late entries will be accepted, and we do not offer deadline extensions. Any contestant who does not submit an entry by the deadline will be disqualified. One contestant will be eliminated this round.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them. One of us judges will respond as soon as we can.


    1. Hazel Gatoya
    2. Sekerya Mackenzie

    1. Jane Apricity
    2. Elizabeth

    1. Adrianne Etheridge
    2. Stephanie S

    1. Paris Pearl
    2. Hannah E

    1. Mys Marie

    Prompt suggested by Grant.



  • 2 Icon-non-member Jane Apricity

    Aw yiss. I love dialogue, and I know just the characters I want to do. Ellie, I'd love to work with you again. 

  • Image Icon-member Adrianne Etheridge

    I'd like to work with Grant this round, please!

  • Stephanie2 Icon-member Stephanie S

    I'd like to work with Grant as well, please!

  • Inktober_day_four_peeved_by_hazelgatoya-dbpgwwt Icon-member Hazel Gatoya

    YES! This sounds super interesting and I can't wait to get to it! I'd like to work with Becka this time, please.

  • E21481bc8b34a1dea9a29334f55ab390 Icon-member E. Anderson

    May I work with Ellie this round?

  • Img_20170364_022218[1] Icon-member Sekerya Mackenzie

    Could I please work with Becka this round?

    Also, I wanted to clarify, our entries this round are strictly dialogue? 

    Thank you. 

  • Img_20161123_185530 Icon-admin Grant Evan Nordine

    Yup! Strictly dialogue! We're having you do plays which are all dialogue so anything that gets explained and any action has to happen in a conversation

  • Cbdb92fe57c020651ea18e54a4f14769 Icon-non-member Mys Marie Post

    Can I work with Tilda this time around please?

  • Bd9d8oh Icon-member Paris Pearl

    Great, this sounds like fun! May I work with Jo please? Thanks:)

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