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

  • 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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  • Pic
    • 5
    • 2

    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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  • Kelllhh
    • 128
    • 20


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

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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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  • Image
    • 11
    • 2

    Die, For I Have Done

    He has wronged his only love. He is a knight of a corrupt, inhumanely kingdom where Liberators, another innocent race, are enemies. He…

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  • Blood tear
    • 2
    • 1

    Blood Tears

    When Bailey's girlfriend Payton finds the diary of rich and loving Pearl they reveal the sad, and toil taking story of Pearl's love li…

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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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  • Imagescapvwpx0
    • 7
    • 2

    My Other Half

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

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  • Kill
    • 26
    • 6

    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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  • 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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  • Rosalie
    • 21
    • 2


    Dahlton Halber is a sorcerer by ancestry, not like the former humans he escaped with. These "Experimenters" captured a girl, Rosalie, …

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  • Blue-roses-04605-1
    • 2
    • 1

    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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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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