Invent your own Kick-Ass Heroine: A Writing Competition

Invent your own kick-ass heroine!

In celebration of Kiersten White's new novel, we're hosting an epic writing competition...



Katniss Everdeen, Arya Stark, Hermione Granger, Tris Prior, Olivia Pope, Buffy Summers – we all have our favourite awesome heroines! And this summer we’re introducing the fiercest heroine yet: the amazing Lada Dracul from @KierstenWhite’s AND I DARKEN!  To celebrate the publication of this fast-paced feminist epic, we’re giving you the chance to win £100 of YA books plus a copy of AND I DARKEN, of course.​ Winners of this competition will be chosen by author Kiersten White herself. 


The new novel is due for release July 7th, 2016!



About the Book


No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.


Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets. Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.


The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.


Read the Extract of And I Darken


How to Participate


-  Simply invent your own awesome heroine, and then write a short piece in her voice – introducing herself to us!

-  We’ll pick our favourite heroine – the one who really turns our heads with her originality – to win.

-  What’s more, bestselling novelist Kiersten White will be helping us pick our fave!


This competition is open to UK/Ireland entrants only.


Not sure where to start? Grab a notepad and a felt tip and have a huge brainstorm! You might like to think about some of these prompts (or not! Whatever works):


-  What’s your heroine’s name?  Why was she named that?

-  What kind of world does your heroine live in, and at what time in history (or the future)?

-  What kinds of things does she love doing?

-  What does she want from her life? 

-  Who or what does she care about the most?

-  What’s her earliest memory?

-  What’s her voice like?  How would she speak?  What kinds of things would she want us to know about herself?


The Prizes


There will be £100 worth of books as prizes (along with Kiersten White's And I Darken) to each of the top 3 winners of this competition.



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Open to UK & Ireland only

Multiple entries allowed (limit - 3)

No co-author entries

You may not update your entry/movella once the competition deadline has passed.

You may not use the same movella in future competitions.

You may not use a movella that has already been published in other competitions.




Well then get scribbling!  You have until Friday July 29th to enter. 


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