Bloodsuckers! The Immortal Rules Short-Story Contest

Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaThe vampires that rule the world of Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules do not sparkle. They aren’t romantics. They don’t go to high school. They are terrifying beings that keep humans as blood cattle. But in this post-apocalyptic society, vampires aren’t the only thing that heroine Allie Sekemoto needs to fear. Her bleak reality is threatened bloodthirsty rabids, vengeful humans, and a seemingly hopeless future.

When Allie has to choose between death and becoming a vampire, she chooses immortality. But she’s not prepared for the sacrifices she’ll have to make.

Inspired by The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you.

Prompt

In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about a vampire.

Prizes

One grand prize winner will receive copies of The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa, along with the The Iron Fey boxed set (which includes The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron QueenThe Iron Knight), and a $25 Amazon gift card. The grand prize winner will also get the chance to choose the Figment homepage stories for one day.

One second place winner will receive copies of The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa.

One third place winner will receive a copy of The Immortal Rules.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with VampireContest 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, April 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your story. Voting will run until Monday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Figment editors 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.

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32 thoughts on “Bloodsuckers! The Immortal Rules Short-Story Contest

  1. Would a Twilight fanfic (sort of) be acceptable? I’m not exactly a fan but I’ve been planning to write one for a while….

  2. Two questions! Are we allowed to post it without a tag first and get some feedback, then tag it before the deadline? If we tag it now, can we still edit our story before the deadline, or are the submissions final?

  3. If I want to change something to the writing I’ve already submitted into the contest, am I allowed to edit it as long as it’s before the deadline (April 15th) for entries?

  4. Are you allowed to use a daily theme as an opening line? I was thinking of using the daily theme for March 25, 2013 as a starting sentence, but I’m not sure if that is against the rules.

  5. I entered my short story a couple days ago, but it hasn’t appeared yet. should I wait, then try and re-tag it?

    • Hey!

      As long as it is:
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Tagged correctly
      -Created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re set!

  6. Quick, vaguely hypothetical question, because I’m curious: say someone wanted to write about a shape-shifting vampire-created a new writing-followed the guidelines–and then tagged it for both the shapeshifting contest AND the vampire contest. Technically speaking would that be allowed? I didn’t see where (or if) it was mentioned in the official rules. Ha. Will yuu guys have an abundance of epistolary poems about shape-shifting bloodsuckers?

    • Hey!

      Each contest (per the official rules) requires an original story, which means you could not enter an old story or something that is entered in another contest. The entry would be disqualified from both contests.

    • Hey!

      As long as your entry is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re entered!

  7. So I’m a little confused as to how the top ten are chosen, the rules say there is a voting period on the 22nd. My question is do the hearts we accumulate between now and then count or is it just on that day?

  8. This is the first contest I’ve entered, and I tagged my entry, but I haven’t gotten a popup yet. Does that appear in two hours, or did I mess something up?

    • Hey!

      If your entry is:
      -Tagged correctly
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re set! So check these three things.

    • Hey glassdragon!

      If your entry is:
      -Tagged correctly
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re set! So check these three things.

  9. Um, I entered something two days ago, and not only has my entry still not shown up, but my previous comments asking about it haven’t shown up either. What’s going on?

    • Hey! As long as your entry is:
      -Tagged properly
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Created after the announcement of the contest
      You’re entered!

  10. Hi, I entered my entry for this contest this morning, and it said that I was a couple words below 1,200 words. Then, I went to school. Now, I come back to see that I’m 10 words over the limit. Am I disqualified?

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