Conditions may apply. Continental US only. You must be 18+ to enter this contest. Promotion ends 6/30/23. For full Official Rules, see below.


Calling all musicians and music lovers! Cover this original song by Jessica Mary Best, “You’ve Got a Backup Plan, Right?,” inspired by Stars, Hide Your Fires, for the chance to win an annotated copy of the book, a pair of space earrings created by the author, and an enamel pin.

Waltz of “You’ve Got a Backup Plan, Right?” written by Jessica Mary Best. Instrumentation arranged and performed by Chiron Star. Vocals performed by Jessica Mary Best. Produced by Chiron Star.


Watch the lyric video above (or on YouTube) to hear the song.


How do I enter?

Use the Google form below to send an audio file (mp3 or WAV) or video file of your cover. Scroll down for the full lyrics and chords!

If you have trouble uploading your file to the Google form or do not have a Google account, please send an email to [email protected] with the requested information below and include [STARS, HIDE YOUR FIRES Song Contest] in the subject line.

Requested information for email entry:

  1. Please include your full name.
  2. Send your audio file (mp3 or WAV) or video file of your cover as an attachment.
  3. Confirm that you are 18+ and within the continental United States.
  4. If you would like to be tagged in Quirk’s online promotion for the book using your audio or video, please provide your social media handle(s).

By submitting an audio or video entry, the entrant gives Quirk Books permission to use the audio or video on social media as additional promotion for the book. We will choose the song contest winner on or after July 10, 2023.


Submit Your Song Cover

Send Quirk Books your audio or video file using this Google form.


Lyrics and Chords

[G] So you’ve been framed
you’ve been out[C]classed
you’ve been out-[D]serpented
go ‘head and [Em]dance
oh it’s time to [D]spin
before this crime is [Am] pinned
you could still pull a [C] win

So [Em]one two three, one two three,
[G] eyes off your feet
[Am] Don’t speak the thoughts that you’ve
[D] Got on repeat

Too [Em] stubborn to die
Too [G] seasoned to plead
it’s [Am] time
for plan [D] B

The [Em] enemy of my [D] enemy’s
not a [C] friend to me usual [Am] ly
but [Em] when times get desperate
you [D] gotta accept it:
[C] strange bedfellows in [Am] deed

No way but [G] through
but through’s looking [C] rough
you may both be [D] clever
clever’s not e [Em]nough
fired up like a [D] thruster
no reason to [Am] trust her
but it’s time to [C] muster

So [Em] wish on yourselves
don’t [G] waste it on stars
The [Am] odds won’t be with you
but [D] they never are

Too [Em] late for escape
but too [G] soon for defeat
it’s [Am] time
for plan [D] B
it’s [Am] time
for plan [D] B
it’s [Am] time
for plan [Em] B

About the Book

“A delightfully mischievous adventure full of intrigue, betrayal, and a touch of romance. Get ready to join your new favorite rebel crew.”—Dahlia Adler, author of Cool for the Summer

A wanted thief. A murdered emperor. A killer loose on the station.

Knives Out goes sci-fi in this gripping YA mystery set in space.

As an expert thief from a minor moon, Cass knows a good mark when she sees one. The emperor’s ball is her chance to steal a fortune for herself, her ailing father, and her scrappy crew of thieves and market vendors.

Her plan is simple:
1. Hitch a ride to the planet of Ouris, the dazzling heart of the empire.
2. Sneak onto the imperial palace station to attend the emperor’s ball.
3. Steal from the rich, the royal, and the insufferable.

But on the station, things quickly go awry. When the emperor is found dead, everyone in the palace is a suspect—and someone is setting Cass up to take the fall. To clear her name, Cass must work with an unlikely ally: a gorgeous and mysterious rebel with her own reasons for being on the station. Together, they unravel a secret that could change the fate of the empire.

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IMPORTANT: Please read these Official Rules before entering the Stars, Hide Your Fires Song Contest (the “Contest”), presented by Quirk Books (“Sponsor”). By entering the Contest, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. These Official Rules shall govern in the event of any inconsistency with other Contest-related materials.
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to residents of the continental United States and the District of Columbia, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. Employees of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, and agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter the Contest.
ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest begins at 12:00 AM (ET) on June 1, 2023, and ends at 11:59 PM (ET) on June 30, 2023.
HOW TO ENTER: Entry via Google form
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– A Stars, Hide Your Fires enamel pin
– A pair of space earrings created by the author
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WINNERS LIST: For a list of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope by October 10, 2023 to Christina Tatulli, Quirk Books, Attn: STARS HIDE YOUR FIRES SONG CONTEST, 215 Church Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
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