The Immortal Rules Contest!

If there’s one thing that Oprah taught us, it’s that we all deserve to live our best lives. Doing so involves setting clear-cut personal goals.

If we were Allison Sekemoto, our to-do list might look something like this:

  1. Stop feeding off humans. You used to be one of them.
  2. Figure out how to live without blood. And quickly. See number one.

In The Immortal Rules, the new book from Julie Kagawa, Allison lives on the outskirts of New Covington, refusing to become a Registered–a “blood cow”–for the vampires who’ve risen to power after a virus decimated the human population.

Living in the Fringe isn’t easy, but at least it means Allie doesn’t have to report to the vamps for weekly bloodlettings. (And thanks to the wall that surrounds the Fringe, she’s protected from Rabids—humans and animals infected with a virus that makes them crave flesh.)

Allison and her crew of Unregistereds hate the vamps and can’t imagine serving them. So when Allison actually becomes a vampire, she has to change her strategy. Her first order of business? Lie. Lie and then try to make that lie a reality.

Inspired by Allison’s struggle against her nature, we want you, in 1,200 words or fewer, to write a story about someone fighting against his or her own nature.

How to enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with ImmortalRules 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 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15 to enter your story. Voting will run until 6:00 p.m. ET May 22, at which point the ten most-hearted entries will be sent to Julie Kagawa, who will choose the winner!

The grand prize winner will get to chat with Julie Kagawa for half an hour about her series, the writing process, and the publishing experience. The grand-prize winner will also receive a signed copy of The Immortal Rules, copies of the entire Iron Fey series (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, and The Iron Knight), and an Immortal Rules sweatshirt.*

Second place gets a signed copy of The Immortal Rules, Pushing the Limits by Katie Mcgarry, copies of the entire Iron Fey series (The Iron KingThe Iron DaughterThe Iron Queenand The Iron Knight), and an Immortal Rules sweatshirt.

Third place gets a signed copy of The Immortal Rules,  copies of the entire Iron Fey series (The Iron KingThe Iron DaughterThe Iron Queenand The Iron Knight), and an Immortal Rules sweatshirt.

* The chat will take place on a platform of the author’s choosing (telephone, Skype, etc.). The grand-prize winner is responsible for any charges or fees associated with participating in the chat.

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51 thoughts on “The Immortal Rules Contest!

  1. Do you have to talk with the author if you are the grand prize winner? Also, could you write a story about a rapist?Because that’s technically the guys nature.

    • Hey Amber-

      The prizes are non transferrable. The subject matter is up to you, but must confirm to the content guidelines on the Figment terms of service.

  2. I don’t totally understand this. Does our MC have to fight against just themselves or could they fight against what they were taught to believe in?

  3. I was about to join (I already had a story in mind) then I read that this contest was not international. How sad, but I can still read the entries! 🙂

  4. Ok so I posted a story and I made grammatical mistakes and my story is quite confusing. Would it be considered cheating if I fixed up my story?

  5. I entered this contest the other day, but my entry isn’t showing up. Is there anything I can do to fix that?

    • Hey Whitney-

      Make sure that the tag is correct and that the piece was posted on Figment after the announcement of the contest. These would be the only factors that would prevent your story from appearing.

  6. Would it be okay if I wrote a stroy that incorporated the topics offered in multiple contests and entered it into every one?

  7. Just as a disclaimer, my story, “Carnal”, may offend you if you are a deeply religious or sensitive person. I do not mean to offend. However, I just want to point out that the struggle may not be very evident in my piece, but it is deeply rooted in there. Is it okay if this “fight against their nature” is not explicitly referenced? Am I at a disadvantage because I did this? Or does it depend?

    • You are free to interpret the prompt however you like. Pieces must conform to the content guidelines in the Figment terms of service. The subject matter of your story will never negatively impact your odds.

  8. Hey, I posted my story up on Figment called “Dangerous Love”, but it’s not showing up under “Contest Entries”… Did I do something wrong? Please let me know!

    • Hey Emily-

      The only things that would keep your story from appearing would be if the tags were incorrect or if the story had been posted on Figment before the announcement of the contest. Otherwise, you should be set!

  9. I was curious. I have an idea in my head for a story, but I don’t know which contest to enter it in (Stolen or Immortal Rules). Are you allowed to enter in multiple contests, as long as it’s a new piece of work, by tagging both? Or do you have to design your writing for only one contest?

    -Thank You

  10. Ignore my comment. I should have looked at the ones above. Haha. The girl two above me asked the same question.

    Thank You!

  11. I have never entered a contest before. I was wondering, how does the voting process actually work? Can anybody heart as many pieces as they want and the one with the most hearts wins, or how does this work, exactly?

    • For the voting stage, users may vote for as many pieces as they like by hearting (though they may only heart any piece once). The most-hearted stories will become finalists, but finalists will be chosen on merit based on the categories listed in the official rules. Let me know if this clears things up!

  12. i was just wondering, are you allowed to enter more than one story at 1 contest? if you have multiple ideas/stories…
    and someone said they couldn’t enter because it wasn’t international. so if you are, lets say, from the netherlands, can you still enter?

    • Hey Maritta-

      Some of our contests are open to international users, but the majority of them are limited to US and Canadian citizens.

  13. Julie, you are my favorite author!I have chills! I’m really hopping I can do this, however I am having issues with signing up for figment, the program wont send me a conformation letter… Fingers crossed. I think I would die if I lose this opportunity.

  14. In the rules, it stated that if there are a lot of new accounts or something and they like your story you may be disqualified or something? Some of my friends are like ‘I’ll vote for you’ and they’re making accounts just to vote for me… would that endanger my qualifications for the contest?

  15. I placed in my entry about two days ago; it’s called: ‘Animal Inside Me’, but I don’t see it among the rest of the entries. Where is it? What happened to it?

    • Hey Gennipher-

      As long as you created your entry on Figment after the announcement of the contest (it wasn’t a story on Figment before the contest was announced) and as long as you tagged it correctly, you’re all set!


    • Hey Maritta-

      For legal reasons, we are unable to open this contest to individuals outside of the US and Canada. Stay tuned to the newsletter for an international contest!

  16. PLease have a read of my “When I became the monster” and heart it. I’d totally appreciate it if you can help me out

  17. Okay, so in an email from figment, it said this about the contest-

    “In honor of Allie’s transformation, write a story that’s fewer than 100 words beginning with, “I woke up, and nothing was the same.” Eight words down, 92 to go! You have until 11:59p.m. ET on Friday, May 11 to enter. Tag your story ImmortalNewsletter.”

    This must be a completely different contest, but I cannot seem to find it. Can I have some help please?

  18. My contest entry has been accepted for publication. Is it okay to keep it in the contest? The publisher is fine with me keeping it online but is it okay with Figment?

    • Hey Lexi-

      As long as it is not published before the choosing and announcement of winners, you’re alright. Once it is published, however, it is no longer a valid entry.

  19. I have a question.
    Why are the contest entries voted on 10 most hearted?
    What if a story was really good but it only had 5 hearts?

    • Hey Riley-

      Some of our contests are not hearts-based, but this contest is. You can swap reads to get your story more attention!

  20. I’m not receiving a confirmation when I publish my story. I’ve checked and double checked that I used the correct tag. Any idea why this might be?

    • Hey Kira-

      The two things that would prevent the pop-up would be if the story was created on Figment before the start date of the contest, or if the tag was incorrect. Double check these two things. If they’re in line, you’re all set!

  21. Has the voting period ended? I’m in Mountain Time, and I think it has, but I need to be sure, so I can have permission to freak out. 6:00 Central Time = 4:00 Mountain Time, correct?

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