Grave Mercy Contest

Nobody likes a liar.

Ismae has been trained in the art of lying and she has mastered the art of killing. She’s on a mission from St. Mortain, the patron saint of Death, and honestly? She couldn’t care less whether or not she’s well liked. She killed her mother when she entered the world, and she’s been marked as a daughter of Death ever since.

Start reading Robin LaFevers’s Grave Mercy and you’ll be thrust into the world of 15th century Brittany, a place of religious fervor and surreptitious war. Ismae is sent to court, where she pretends to be a nobleman’s mistress. But all the while, she’s receiving orders from her abbess and looking for marks on her designated victims—marks depicting how they will die by her hand.

Your mission: write a story in no more than 1,200 words about a character who lies about who he or she is.

How-to enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with GraveMercyContest on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

You have until April 23, 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your entry. Voting will run until April 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET, at which point the 10 most-hearted entries will be judged by Robin LaFevers, the author of Grave Mercy. If you’re on the lookout for new fall 2012 books–you know, the kind that haven’t even hit shelves yet–this is a contest worth entering!

The first place winner will receive copies of Grave Mercy, The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, Wrap Up List by Steven Arntson, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber, and Perry’s Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber (that’s the sequel to Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick); a Grave Mercy t-shirt and button; and a $15 Amazon gift card. The second place winner will receive copies of Grave Mercy, The Last Dragonslayer, Wrap Up List, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, and Perry’s Killer Playlist; a Grave Mercy t-shirt and button; and a $10 Amazon gift card. The third place winner will receive copies of Grave MercyThe Last DragonslayerWrap Up List, and Perry’s Killer Playlist; and a Grave Mercy t-shirt and button. Whew!

Contest Entries

  • At0a5dh54ssdpqvymvltyruz4ait52xa
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    Disguised As the Prophet

    This is my entrance for the Grave Mercy contest! Please read this! I hope you enjoy it, please heart it!

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  • Her brothers killer[1]
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    • 11

    Her Brother's Killer

    "The girl just stared to the side, not moving from where he had slapped her. The man’s green eyes widened, realizing the sin he had c…

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  • Jeepholewall1
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    PLEASE READ FOR GRAVE MERCY CONTEST. Kara's quest to get home and find her dearest treasure could be the undoing of one vagabond phot…

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  • Secrets-and-lies
    • 2
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    Secrets and Lies

    Being an undercover isn't easy, during or after the mission...

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  • Snatched 2.0
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    *PLEASE HEART* Identity theft gets kinda fuzzy when you don't know which identity you thieved. For the Grave Mercy Contest.

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  • Cover-normal
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    Who Am I Really?

    My spin on the prompt for the Grave Mercy constest. Wiley woke up from a coma, not knowing who she was, or why these people were sayin…

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  • Red_abstract
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    For the Grave Mercy contest!: Don't believe everything.

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  • Sixteen
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    It had only taken one lie. One little word: Sixteen. Grave Mercy Entry

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  • Blackbirdscover
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    This is a snippet of a full-length novel I am writing. THE full-length novel, the one that I want to publish, so while I don't plan on…

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  • Images (29)eyes
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    • 1

    Beneath These Golden Eyes

    ©Property Of Deck Zeeva has a dark secret hidden in the depths of her golden eyes. She is a werewolf. Cursed from birth, true love …

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  • Red-solo-cup
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    **For the GraveMercy Contest** Sometimes you have to lie about yourself to keep your reputation spotless.

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  • Rsz_6shimmer
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    My face is always changing. I always have a new name, a new past, a new beginning. Who will I be tonight?

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47 thoughts on “Grave Mercy Contest

  1. Hi, there.

    Am I allowed to reuse a story that I had entered in a previous contest? It did not win (though it was a finalist), and it has already been deleted from my account. If I am allowed to use the story for this contest, I will republish it.

    Thanks for the help in advance.

    • Hey N.R.-

      Stories should not have been previously published and should be created for the contest. They cannot already be on Figment, or they will not show up among the entries. Hope this helps!


  2. This contest says we have to write it in 1,200 words or fewer, but the insructions to enter say to start a new writing of 100 words or fewer. Which one? Thanks! 😀

    • Hey Marisol-

      You shouldn’t use any copyrighted content in your entries without the express permission of the copyright holder.

  3. I entered a piece in the contest, and tagged it correctly, but nothing popped up. Should I be worried about that or no…?

    • Hey-

      All characters and settings should be your creation or public domain. The characters from Grave Mercy are copyrighted, so avoid using fanfiction.

  4. When I edit a story for the gravemercycontest does the editing show up on the entry? because I noticed that I changed the description after I published my entry and it stayed the same. Thanks for your help?

    • Hey Madison-

      Pieces cannot have been posted on Figment prior to the announcement of the contest and they should be original work.

  5. I asked this before, but my comment hasn’t shown up…

    So, in my story the character who lies about her identity actually thinks that she is who she says to be. Also, the stiry isn’t from her POV, rather, it is addressed to her.

    Is that okay?

    • Hey Anna-
      That’s fine! She’s still lying, even if she thinks she is telling the truth. And it doesn’t need to be her POV, just about her. You’re all set!

  6. Hi, so I’m just wondering when the finalists are going to be posted… (just a little anxious) 🙂

      • Hey, do you think you can have the finalists announced by the end of the month at least? (just so I have a good idea of when things will be announced.)


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