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

  • Rosalie
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    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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  • Kill
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    • 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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  • 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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  • Red_abstract
    • 1
    • 0

    Twisting the Knife

    For the Days of Blood and Starlight contest, prompt was to write a short story about someone hurting their most loved one, in 1,200 wo…

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  • Promisedcover2
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    • 8


    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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  • Kelllhh
    • 120
    • 18


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

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  • Sunlight
    • 32
    • 8

    Hair Like Sunlight

    **entry for bloodstarlight contest** The characters in here are real people, but i changed some of the actuality of the events. please…

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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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  • Carved heart
    • 1
    • 0

    Best Friends

    Alyssa is her best friend, and best friends are forever.

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  • Simpleandbeautiful
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    • 11

    Simple and Beautiful

    This is a love story. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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  • Images2
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    • 37

    Anything For You

    Runner up in the Days of Blood and Starlight contest!

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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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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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