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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 EIGHT: Proved You Wrong

  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams

    TOP FIVE! Woo! How does this feel? Incredible, right? Ah, we are so close to the finish line it's not even funny. Also, we're officially back on track. The deadlines in the calendar, as long as we don't get behind again, will stand as they're presented unless otherwise noted.

    One of the worst things that can happen to me as a reader is to be taken out of a story. Granted, a lot of things can do that, but nothing is more frustrating to me than coming across a detail that I feel the need to fact-check. I’m sure this has happened to all of you. You read a description or detail that makes you pause and think, “No, that doesn’t sound right.” You try to ignore it and carry on reading, but it stays in the back of your mind, nagging you until you finally open that Internet browser and verify the validity of that one statement. And if you find that you’re right and the story makes absolutely no logical sense now, that’s it. The desire to read that particular story is gone.

    At least, that’s what happens to me. Welcome to my world.

    DO. YOUR. HOMEWORK. I cannot stress that enough! Whenever you are utilizing a topic in your story, you should always research it before incorporating it. Even if you think you know it, there may be something that pops up that can potentially change everything. It doesn’t hurt to make sure. I know it is fun to look up errors in art ( for movies), but you don’t want to be a victim of that. Always, always  do research before you push forward with an idea.

    ROUND EIGHT: Proved You Wrong

    Last season, I found myself nitpicking on this subject a little more than I usually do. Some of the details in some of the stories didn’t connect with some of the facts I know to be true, and the authors didn’t provide any supplemental explanations. So, when Tilda initially suggested the prompt idea, I jumped right on that bandwagon.

    The judges have all determined a subject that they’re well-versed in and can easily verify information on. What you must do is pick one of these subjects and incorporate it into your story. What subject you pick also dictates the judge you work with for this round as they can help verify the facts in your story prior to the submission deadline. Here are your choices and a little more information about them:

    • Equine Communication: You must write a story that involves horses and focus on the way they communicate. How they communicate and with whom is entirely up to you. It can be a horse-to-horse piece, horse-to-handler piece, or anything you can dream up. This is a fairly open prompt but one that also poses unique challenges.
    • Greek Mythology: You must write a story inspired by or based upon Greek mythology, specifically the gods and goddesses. How you approach the subject is entirely up to you. You may write a story set back in ancient Greece, or your may put a modernized twist on one of their legends. It must be evident which god or goddess you chose for inspiration.
    • Mental Disorders: One of your prominent characters must suffer from depression and/or anxiety. Look at the characteristics that people with depression or anxiety exhibit, and take note of how people treat them. What stigmas are applied to these conditions? How would it make you feel to be in your character’s shoes?
    • Natural Disasters: Your story must take place on Earth in the middle of a natural disaster. This disaster can be anything from a short-term event (such as a tornado or earthquake) to a more long-lasting event (such as a hurricane, flood, or drought). You may even venture into events we haven’t had much experience with yet--an extreme solar flare, for instance. It’s up to you, but it must be a natural disaster we currently face. Look at how these events affect the landscapes, the societies they hit, and how people react to them. This story should be very in-the-moment, so take into consideration how your characters would act when pumped full of adrenaline.
    • US History: You must write a story that takes place in the United States between The Revolutionary Era and World War I. It can be a historical fiction piece or creative non-fiction, that is up to you. Think about the era you’ve chosen, the prominent lifestyles and shared beliefs of the people living during that time. What are some challenges people would face back then that they would not now? How did they overcome them?

    Other than that, the details of your story are up to you.

    Your stories can be any length up to 6,000 words and take place in any realm, place, or time. The deadline for this round is Friday, June 9th 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. This will be the round that determines our top four writers! (No pressure.)

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


    Remember: you MUST write a story based on the subject the judge you choose to work with has chosen. 

    Becka (Subject: Mental Disorders)
    1. Elizabeth

    Ellie (Subject: Natural Disasters)
    1.  Sekerya Mackenzie

    Grant (Subject: US History)
    1. Stephanie S

    Jo (Subject: Greek Mythology)
    1. Hazel Gatoya

    Tilda (Subject: Equine Communication)
    1. Jane Apricity

    Prompt suggested by Tilda.



  • Inktober_day_four_peeved_by_hazelgatoya-dbpgwwt Icon-member Hazel Gatoya

    I call Greek Mythology! I'm excited. :)

  • E21481bc8b34a1dea9a29334f55ab390 Icon-member E. Anderson

    May I have mental disorders? Thanks!

  • Stephanie2 Icon-member Stephanie S

    I'll have US History! 

  • Img_20170364_022218[1] Icon-member Sekerya Mackenzie

    Can I have natural disasters please? Thanks.

  • 2 Icon-non-member Jane Apricity

    Ah, lucky me gets Equine Communication! I love horses, so that bodes well. I just have one question. What does it mean by "how they communicate [...] is entirely up to you?" Does it mean magic could be mixed in with regular horse communication?

  • Untitled Icon-founder Ellie Williams

    @Jane, that would be something you would need to clarify with Tilda. I would imagine the scenario you gave would be acceptable, but I can't give you a for-sure answer. Speak with her, and she can better direct you. =]

  • Stephanie2 Icon-member Stephanie S  Submitting now so I don't forget later! Enjoy :)

  • Inktober_day_four_peeved_by_hazelgatoya-dbpgwwt Icon-member Hazel Gatoya


    Been a crazy week, so I'm submitting this now.

  • E21481bc8b34a1dea9a29334f55ab390 Icon-member E. Anderson

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