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

  • Imagescapvwpx0
    • 8
    • 3

    My Other Half

    Sarah is given a choice: lose her best friend or lose herself.

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  • Kill
    • 26
    • 4

    Kill Me Softly

    This is a story of a murder, poorly committed yet with depth and unseen meaning, as Katherine struggles with her own concious. ***…

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  • One too many
    • 93
    • 29

    One Too Many

    Josh loves his son, he really does, but will one drink too many test how much his son really loves him?

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  • Fire
    • 14
    • 1

    The Wrong Lover

    500 word limit I know most of it seemed rushed.I plan on fixing and lengthining it after the contest. …

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  • 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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  • Rooftop-star
    • 4
    • 0

    Let Him Go

    For the contest: Days of Blood and Starlight. How could you have let him go?

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  • Sbb cover
    • 10
    • 0

    Separated by Blood

    *Days of Blood and Starlight Contest* HEARTS RETURNED!! "Zakariah and Valerie are forbidden lovers, wanting each other more than their…

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  • Gold letter r
    • 4
    • 2

    Loss and Revenge

    The only name you know is his. An air of mystery follows him wherever he goes. The trouble started when her life ended.

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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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  • 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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  • Loveyou,too
    • 1
    • 0

    I "LOVE" You, too.

    I loved your love for me, and through my love of your love, I loved you. -BloodStarlight Contes…

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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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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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