The Lost Prince Short-Story Contest

Ethan Chase has one rule and only one rule: Never let Them know you can see Them. He learned at a very young age to never, ever trust a faery. So Ethan does his best to ignore them in order to protect himself and his family. But there’s a bigger problem: Only Ethan can see the fey. Only he knows they are lurking in the shadows, waiting to stir up trouble. This can cause some problems with teachers and fellow students (not to mention girls), especially when there are trolls harassing him in the library.

Inspired by Julie Kagawa’s new novel, The Lost Prince, and the faery world that only Ethan Chase can see, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you! Your challenge: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about secret world that only your main character can see.

One grand-prize winner will receive a copies of The Lost Prince and Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, The Iron Fey boxed set (which includes The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron QueenThe Iron Knight), Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing eBooks, and a lock and key necklace, similar to the one that Ethan gives to Kenzie for protection from the fey.

One second prize winner will receive a copy of The Lost PrinceThe Iron Fey boxed set, and a lock and key necklace.

One third prize winner will receive copies of The Lost Prince and Immortal Rules, and a lock and key necklace.

How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or less.
4. Tag your writing with LostPrinceContest 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 Tuesday, November 13, at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Tuesday, November 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The top ten most-hearted finalists will be sent to Julie Kagawa for judging!


Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues.

For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

Contest Entries

  • Forgotten
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    The Forgotten World

    This is kinda like Julie Kagawa's fey in The Lost Prince.

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  • Images (1)
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    • 0

    Whispers in the Wind

    What if you were unsatisfied with everything in your world? What if you saw a better world, but nobody believed you?

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  • Images
    • 1
    • 0

    Rainbow World

    About James and the Rainbow World!!! Just written as a joke. (BTW I am not actually obsessed with fairies or pink!)

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  • Sirens pic
    • 0
    • 0


    Young Deila has eyes that can see beyond the Border. The one that keeps humans ignorant of the demonic creatures that wander among the…

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  • Onlysummercansee
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    • 0

    Only Summer Can See

    Summer has it all, the boy of her dreams, her parents together again; but she isn't living it, she's watching it. What do you do when …

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  • Little-boy-imagination-daydreaming-20205000-500-332
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    • 0

    Lorie the Brave

    PLEASE HEART FOR LOST PRINCE CONTEST! Lorie doesn't fit in with his classmates, his stutter and fixation on writing fantasy stories ea…

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  • Feather
    • 1
    • 1

    Innocence Gone

    Lucy, an adorable little girl, has met a new friend-someone any child's parents would be afraid of. She is the only one who can see hi…

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  • Untitled
    • 0
    • 1

    The Sight

    Alana has The Sight; she can see the faery world even when they glamour themselves invisible to mortal eyes. A dangerous gift in which…

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  • Crumbled stone
    • 1
    • 0

    Crumbled Stone

    Eric Days can see a world that was never meant for human eyes. This world is for the elite fire demons and no one is welcome to know a…

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  • Pict0529
    • 4
    • 3

    Blind Site

    Have you ever gone to a place only you could see? Did you wonder if because your different you could do/see different things? Your w…

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  • Dreamwalker cover2
    • 125
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    Dream Walker

    Elizabeth is an average teenage girl - and she has one foot in the world of dreams. But what happens when dreams can no longer be told…

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  • You are mine cover 1
    • 95
    • 24

    You Are Mine

    *Lost Prince Contest Finalist* NOTE BEFORE READING: Some of you have been asking, so I will tell you. The demon explains why he wants …

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54 thoughts on “The Lost Prince Short-Story Contest

  1. I’m writing a story and I was wondering, does it have to be a REAL other world only the character can see? Like, a world with fairies, ghosts vampires, etc? Or can it be kind of a play on words? Thanks!

    • The voting period runs from the announcement of the contest. Stories posted before the announcement of the contest are ineligible to win.

  2. Hi,
    So I wrote this before but I didn’t see it show up so here it is again.

    I have a few questions first

    1. I own all the copyrights,right
    2. What if I own all of the books
    3. I forgot the third but if I remember I will ask

    thank you I hope to get a fast reply so I can start writting

  3. Hey! Can this be a story that I’ve already written? It’s on figment but it answers the prompt!… Is that okay, even though it was written a little while ago?

  4. What if these creatures don’t exist in another world? If they exist alongside us, but only my main character can see them, will it still count?

    • As long as you answer the prompt, you’re set. Please refer to the official rules for entry requirements and use your best judgement.

  5. Hi,
    I don’t like being a tatle tale but I read an entry for this contest called “Blue” and it doesn’t answer or follow the prompt.

    I don’t want to be a tattle tale but I just thought you should know

  6. Hello… Can you delay the last day of submition please? I have school and I’m really busy, maybe till Saturday or I don’t know… I really wanted to enter this contest since this is one of my favorite books! This is my first time entering and I really want to try this.

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