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

  • Cover-normal
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    How far would you go to be accepted?

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  • Four_by_estellamestella-d4lkupa
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    The tale of a sweet indiscriminate love gone awry. He should really plead insanity, shouldn't he?

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  • Loveyou,too
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    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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  • Pic
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    Street Corner Love

    Spider always loved Jolly because Jolly was the only one he chose to love. Basically futuristic male prostitutes? Well isn't this h…

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  • Promisedcover2
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    Creepy cover done by Crazy Writer Girl :) Don't worry it's just ketchup. For the BloodStarlightContest: What if someone's eyes could p…

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  • Ariels choice cover
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    Ariel's choice

    She had a choice. Either he died or she. Will Ariel choose to live with blood on her hands? The cover is by Queen of Air and Darkness.

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  • Rose
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    Seventh Rose

    My entry for the Days of Blood and Starlight Contest. ~It's not easy to move on. Especially when you don't truly get to say goodbye.~

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  • Cover-normal
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    Bridges to Nowhere

    In 2512, psyche-diving has become one of the most sought after professions. The ability to dive into someone's psyche, their soul is …

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  • Blue-roses-04605-1
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    Tasting Blue

    What would it be like to taste color? Well this story addresses that question. Through the eyes off one brave girl we experience synes…

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  • Photo
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    Snapped from Love

    A true story of my life...

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  • The nevertree
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    The Nevertree

    Ashlyn is faced with an unbearable fate...losing her lover to a deadly disease that will eventually kill him. She must come to grips w…

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  • Scarlet sorrow
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    Scarlet Sorrow

    Emma lives with a gang on the streets and when she betrays her boyfiend from another gang she pays the ultimate price.

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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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