Days of Blood and Starlight Contest

Laini Taylor Days of Blood and Starlight cover face“She had loved the enemy and saved him. She had set him free. 

And he had done this.”

In Days of Blood and Starlight, the sequel to her bestselling Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor continues the tale of Karou, the blue-haired art student who grew up among monsters. Karou crossed enemy lines to connect with the beautiful, haunted angel Akiva—and now, she must pay the price.

Your challenge:

Write a story about someone who hurts the person they love the most. (You can write from the perspective of the wronged, the wrong-er, or both—or an outsider.)


Days of Blood and Starlight featherOne grand-prize winner will receive copies of Days of Blood and Starlight, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Libba Bray’s The Diviners, and Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures. The grand-prize winner will also receive a Figment tote bag and the opportunity to choose the featured stories on’s homepage for one day.

Three runners-up will each receive copies of Days of Blood and Starlight, Daughter of Smoke and BoneThe Diviners, and Beautiful Creatures.

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 BloodStarlight 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 Monday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Author Laini Taylor will choose the winners from the top ten most-hearted entries!

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

  • Being human222
    • 4
    • 1

    Being Human

    In a world where civil war has broken out among the Angels, two brothers are torn apart by war and reunited in tragedy. Even Angels ca…

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  • The_heart
    • 5
    • 0

    The Weaver

    She loves that boy with all her heart. She must tell him she's a Weaver.

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  • Kelllhh
    • 119
    • 18


    Runner-up in the Days of Blood and Starlight contest!!

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  • Four_by_estellamestella-d4lkupa
    • 12
    • 3


    The tale of a sweet indiscriminate love gone awry. He should really plead insanity, shouldn't he?

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  • Images-1
    • 1
    • 0

    Before You Knew

    Grace was in love with a soldier. He went to war, and she got engaged. Can she move on?

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  • My love has left me
    • 42
    • 8

    My love Has Left Me

    My entry for The BloodStarlight contest limit:1200 words. Please read and heart! :)

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  • Cover-normal
    • 2
    • 0

    The Betrayal of Walls

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  • Brokenup
    • 4
    • 1


    **READ DESCRIPTION FIRST** I should probably tell you a few things about me before I get into this particularly hazardous tale in my…

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  • Puddleofblood2
    • 1
    • 0

    A Pool of Love and Lies

    'I didn’t know hurting someone would hurt this much.' A story of a girl and a boy and the love and lies that tore them apart.

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  • Madison river yellowstone national park
    • 5
    • 1

    The River

    What does it mean to be eternal? I cannot cease to exist even if you are not here anymore. Please read and heart if you like it for th…

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  • Masquerade-gossipgirl-1
    • 1
    • 0


    Elena had always been taught to fear and hunt vampires , they had always been the enemy. Growing Up with childhood friend Scott , she …

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  • Gothic-anime-boy-at-night
    • 14
    • 4

    A Dance With the Devil

    ONLY THE FIRST CHAPTER IS FOR BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. “All I can see is gray mist. Why am I here? What have I done and what are these vo…

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15 thoughts on “Days of Blood and Starlight Contest

  1. This is just a quick question. Can you make some minor changes like adding a comma here and there as well as fixing a few tenses of some words after you’ve entered the piece of writing?

  2. Are we allowed to use fan characters? How about alternate versions of scenes we’re planning for something outside of this contest?

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