Throne of Glass Short Story Contest

In Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas’s debut novel, Celaena Sardothien is many things. She’s a trained assassin—one of the best in all of Ardalan. She’s beautiful and smart and seemingly fearless. She’s an avid reader and she loves to dance. And she knows that even though the King of Ardalan banned magic many years ago, it still exists in the halls of his beloved glass castle.

In honor of the hidden magic of Ardalan, we’ve got an exciting writing challenge for you! In 1,200 words or less, write a story about a world where magic once existed but doesn’t anymore.

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 ThroneofGlass 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 Wednesday, August 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Thursday, August 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Sarah J. Maas for judging!

Grand prize winner will receive a Throne of Glass necklace, a $15 Amazon gift card, and a copy of Throne of Glass.

Second prize winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of Throne of Glass.

Third prize winner will receive a copy of Throne of Glass.

Contest Entries

  • Storm
    • 170
    • 63

    The Coming Day

    For the ThroneofGlass contest. A young woman searches for magic in the stories her mother told her, but finds something better. Inspir…

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  • 500_large
    • 4
    • 0

    Where it's all Gone

    I knew what magic was. I had it in my life. But something's changed... I've changed.

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  • No more kids in smokingtown
    • 5
    • 1

    No More Kids in Smokingtown

    In a town where people are born grown, Nin makes an intriguing discovery in the municipal landfill.

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  • Drawingpad213
    • 10
    • 1


    **GOAL CHANGED TO 100 HEARTS** Even though I probably won't get that many. Oh, well. I can dream, can't I? For the Throne of Glass con…

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  • Mermaid023
    • 8
    • 0

    Greater Healing

    *Goal of 50 Hearts for the Glass of Thrones Contest* The Great was an elite wizard's group who protected the land, Ryodan. Ryodan was…

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  • The_clock_ticks_life_away_by_icasseith-d45rxzu
    • 4
    • 2

    Timeless Blindness

    He went back to change time, but instead has decided to end it. FOR THE THRONE OF GLASS CONTEST.

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  • Stone
    • 52
    • 2


    A young woman brings her grandmother the peace she needs.

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  • Eastward bound
    • 0
    • 0

    Eastward Bound

    Opal had never traveled East before. Banished from one country and exiled from the rest – Rainy Opal has no choice but to cloak her id…

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  • Cover-normal
    • 0
    • 0

    Ripped Apart

    Dove Leroy is a good student. She knows what she got herself into though once she started protesting music. And now that it's banned, …

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  • Depositphotos_4523088-portrait-of-the-girl-in-a-medieval-dress
    • 9
    • 2

    The Disease

    Goal: 300 hearts. A terrible disease has swept through the medieval land that is home to Sareph, the most powerful sorceress on the ea…

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  • Cover-normal
    • 0
    • 0

    Once It Was

    It's probably really short, but whatever, here's the thingy. :) In honor of the hidden magic of Ardalan, we’ve got an exciting writ…

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  • 11uckck
    • 63
    • 9

    Power Nap

    ***Cover by Ayliesha Harris*** Sam has had a metal band on his wrist since he was three- a wristband that, when connected to the Mag…

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53 thoughts on “Throne of Glass Short Story Contest

  1. Pity, I’d like to enter this contest–the prompt is really interesting–but the heart-based ones are so much work. The Justine Mag contest completely wiped me out. I don’t think I’ll be entering any more heart-based contests for a while now.

    • I know! the freaking ones where you have to heart them are so annoying. and it’s sooo hard! and then the people asking for their stories to be read are annoying. i wish the figment people just read them.

  2. Darn. Heart based. The Justine Mag one wiped me too, like Hana Lee said.
    I can’t enter this one. No heart based ones for a bit.
    Figment needs to host more contest that aren’t heart based. Like the Defy the Dark contest.
    ~Kyla Marie Rich : )

  3. can the entry be more of an excerpt rather than a stand-alone story? something that reads as maybe a first chapter to a novel, something that suggests a more developed story?

  4. It is really sad that non- Americans cannot enter these contests. I don’t particularly care for the prizes though they are enticing but not being able to enter is quite disheartening.

  5. But being on the other side, I really do appreciate the concept of these contests and love some of the entries. Great work! I hope you win a lot of hearts 🙂

  6. Can the story have one person that still has magical powers but everyone else doesnt. (But alot of people used to.)

    • The prompt says an entry must be written about “a world where magic once existed but doesn’t anymore.” If you’re concerned your entry doesn’t qualify, your best bet is to stick to the prompt.

    • Hey Isla-

      We’re answering questions as quickly as we can, but some get put on hold while we loop in with other people to make sure we’re answering accurately! If you haven’t gotten an answer yet and think your question has been forgotten, please feel free to submit it again! We make sure to answer all questions.


      • I asked why you haven’t listened to so many people’s suggestions and stopped with the hearts-based voting.
        And also that no contests are open to anywhere other than the US and Canada. I see no reason why this contest can only be entered by the US and Canada

        • Hey Isla-

          Legally, we are only able to open contests with tangible prizes to residents of the US and parts of Canada. We do hold some international contestson Figment where users can win Homepage features, newsletter features, and other editorial shout-outs (but no physical or monetary rewards). Look for the winner of one such contest in today’s newsletter!

          For users who dislike the heart system, we do run contests that aren’t hearts based. Besides the Defy the Dark contest, where one person is reading upwards of 300k words a week (Saundra Mitchell is a CHAMP), we have frequent flash fiction contests that are staff-judged, including the Beautiful Lies flash fiction going on now.

          Let me know if I can help you with anything else!

          • You should state clearly that it is illegal, since contests are a major part of Figment.
            Especially since people not living in the US or Canada still get emails about sweepstakes, etc.

          • You should state clearly that it is illegal, since the contests are such a major part of Figment.
            Especially since people not living in America or Canada still get emails telling them to enter Figment sweepstakes that they can’t enter

  7. =( another contest i can’t enter because i’m not in the designated area.. when will there be a contest that people from other countries can enter? i’m starting to get really discouraged from this site because there hasn’t been one… =/

  8. Hey, I’ve already published my entry, but have a few fixes to make. Could i go back and fix them? Or would i be disqualified?

  9. Could it be historical fiction, say I did something from Ancient Egypt for the Pharaoh but then it’s banned? Or does it have to be strictly fantasy?

  10. This is a great prompt and I have so many ideas, but I’m just not up to five million more swaps…oh well. Good luck to everyone who enters!

    • Hey Stacy!

      Introduce yourself on the contest promotion forum! A lot of people there will read your story if you read theirs.

  11. I’ve asked these questions on at least five recent contests now and still have never gotten a reply. So, I’ll try again.

    When is Figment going to run a decent contest that is open internationally?
    The last big contest that I noticed running internationally (that wasn’t Flash Fiction/Twitter-related) in my memory was the Harry Potter contest. Pretty much every contest (except flashfiction) since then has only been open in North America.
    Since you replied to someone above, I see that it is a legal issue with prizes but can’t you at least run Figment-wide contests that aren’t about prizes – just about getting inspired and recognised for the writers we are? With Figment it tends to be contest entries that get the biggest readership so these are really important for getting the all important constructive criticism.
    Also, when did this legal issue arise? I remember when I first joined Figment international prize contest were regular if not plentiful. Why did it change? Is there no way to get around it – like collaberating with companies/authors from Europe, Austrailia, ect, to get a wider range of contests out there?

    If you can’t provide contests that have a more international basis, can you recommend other sites that might work?
    I still read the newsletter every time it comes out and will probably continue to do so recommending another site is unlikely to impact you negatively.

    Thank you

    • Hey Kate-

      At this point, we are legally unable to run contests with monetary prizes outside of the US and Canada, but we run international “bragging rights” contests, like the one on the general/random forum right now. It may be possible at some point that we collaborate with partner that allows us to offer monetary prizes in contests outside of our current reach–I can’t claim to be an expert on the law, but that seems possible!

      Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with other outlets for you, but writer’s digest is always a great place to start!

  12. I always just use the prompts to write, never enter because, as a lowly and fairly new figgy with few followers, I never even get close. Could we please have more non-heart based contests????!!! I would like at least a chance!

  13. Can we write about something that isn’t like actually magic [such as spells, potions], because I was thinking what if you had a world where some type of magic that we have on Earth still exists, for example; Love. So basically, I’m asking if we can use like an emotion or a feeling doesn’t exist in a different world, but does on Earth.

    • Hey Frances-

      Your story either needs to be completely original or based off stories that are public domain. No characters/worlds under copyright may be used.

  14. So even though I’m not entering this contest (haven’t posted anything new in months, no one would read or heart and I’d have no chance) it gave me a really good idea to add to a idea for a story I’ve been playing around with for a while. So…thank you. I guess.
    -W. Wagner

  15. Why when a contest is first put up it never has that it’ll be a “hearted” contest? And then a few days later, it’s going to be a hearted contest?

    • Hey–
      I think you’re thinking of a different content. We don’t change from not-hearted to hearted. The judging style is determined before the contest launches.

  16. I submitted my story when it was around 9:30 pacific time. Because it said before 11:59 ET, I don’t really know if the story is really in the contest…

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