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

  • 2cwvk9w
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    Bruised Love

    For the BloodStarlight contest (1,200 word limit) *Cover by Felicia K*- A short story about a teenage boy dealing with his alcoholic f…

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

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  • Thorninmyside
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    Thorn In My Side

    Have you ever played with someone's heart? If you have, why?

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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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  • Gothic-anime-boy-at-night
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    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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  • One too many
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    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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  • Being human222
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    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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  • 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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  • Cover-normal
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    Letter to My Daughter

    © This is a letter from a girl to her future daughter. She writes the letter about her first real love and hopes her daughter will lea…

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  • Images2
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    Anything For You

    Runner up in the Days of Blood and Starlight contest!

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  • The_heart
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    The Day I Died Inside

    A fanfiction entry for the Blood and Starlight contest. About Steve Rogers/Captain America and the teenage daughter of Tony Stark and …

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  • Imagescapvwpx0
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    My Other Half

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

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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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