Kidnapped! The Eternity Cure Short-Story Contest

The Eternity Cure by Julie KagawaAllison Sekemoto has been cast out of Eden. The sacred city is free from vampires—and since Allie is one, she cannot stay. But she has a new mission: Find her beloved mentor (and sire) Kanin, and save him from the psychotic vampire Sarren. In this bleak dystopian world, Allie’s unsure who to trust. But blood calls to blood, and she will stop at nothing to find Kanin. Not to mention, it’s a welcome distraction from thinking of the boy she left behind in Eden.

Inspired by The Eternity Cure, the second book in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, we’ve got a new short-story contest for you!


In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about a kidnapping told from one of the following points-of-view:

    • The perspective of the kidnapper
    • The perspective of the person who was kidnapped
    • The perspective of the rescuer


One grand prize winner will receive The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa, The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, and advanced copies of Dare You To by Katie McGarry and Ink by Amanda Sun.

Two runners-up will each receive copies of The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 1,200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with KidnappedContest 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, May 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter a story. Voting will run until Monday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Julie Kagawa’s editors at Harlequin Teen will choose the winners from the top 10 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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14 thoughts on “Kidnapped! The Eternity Cure Short-Story Contest

  1. Can this be a story already published? I’ve seen some people do that. I understand of its not, it’s too bad though, my last contest entry was on this subject.

    • You can be in multiple contests at once, but they generally require unique entries. So you can be in two contests, but your story can only be in one.

  2. Are we allowed to edit our piece after it’s posted, as long as we are within the entry dates?
    For example, if the piece was posted and then the author realized a grammar mistake or that the piece was too long, could they change it?

  3. Is this a Heart-Based Contest? And is there a hint in every contest to tell their winners if it is a Heart-Based Contest or not?

  4. If the story I’m writing for this uses the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen in it, will I be disqualified? Is that considered a copyright?

  5. I have a question what if the kidnapper in your story is a serial killer? A very crazy sadistic serial killer would I not be allowed to use her story do to violence?

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