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

  • Her brothers killer[1]
    • 50
    • 12

    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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  • Adf
    • 1
    • 0

    A Delicate Flower

    *Grave Mercy Contest* Such a delicate flower, but even beauty can be dangerous. A continuation of Raspberry Curls and Mine.

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  • Red-solo-cup
    • 2
    • 1


    **For the GraveMercy Contest** Sometimes you have to lie about yourself to keep your reputation spotless.

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  • Allshewanted4
    • 46
    • 5

    All She Wanted

    All Kyra wanted was to be loved. She did everything he asked. She thought he loved her, but now she seemed to be sorely mistaken. N…

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  • Rsz_6shimmer
    • 0
    • 0


    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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  • Jeepholewall1
    • 23
    • 3


    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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  • Lies
    • 3
    • 0

    I could lie

    A poem about identity. The cover art is from

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  • Eye
    • 1
    • 0


    An entry for the Grave Mercy contest. A bit on the short side, but at least it fits the word count requirements! Also, can anyone t…

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  • Gray-skies
    • 1
    • 0

    The Claimed

    Who is Roxann Weatherly? Everyone claims to know but do they really? A strange disease has consumed most of the earth's population, …

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  • Heraldry
    • 0
    • 0

    The Letter

    **FOR THE GRAVE MERCY CONTEST, PLEASE HEART!!** After his beloved grandfather's death, Peter is tasked with writing the eulogy. But a…

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  • Thebandcover
    • 4
    • 0

    The Band

    For the Grave Mercy Contest. Please Heart, Help me reach 50 hearts!

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  • 9137362b-a460-47a5-bc82-ef821bf53d6e_zpse1240e49
    • 152
    • 34

    Secrets (short story)

    *A big THANK YOU to all of the people who helped me exceed my goal of 250 hearts.* (Featured on homepage 4/18/13) NOVEL on my page~!! …

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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! :D

    • 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!

      • 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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