Last year, we mentioned a new cellphone-novel- and social-network-inspired collaborative writing startup called Figment, mostly targeted at teenagers. PaidContent reports that the site secured $1 million in funding two months ago, and is now launching a tolerance-themed collaborative writing contest in cooperation with MTV.

The contest will observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, and involves writing stories about characters confronting intolerance. The twist is that writers have to use characters and settings that were created by other writers on the site. The contest runs through August 31, to give time for judging by the anniversary date. Winners will be published on MTV’s social action blog ACT.


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