Gods, Guardians, and Monsters  - A Mythology  Competition

It's a Movellas Mythology Writing Competition!

“A man with a cause can be stronger than a god.” — Lord Cotys in Hercules (2014)


The media has always capitalized on making movies about the most famous myths from around the world. Be it Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Norse, Japanese, Mesoamerican, they have been a part of movies for several decades now. The most famous myths are the ones centered around Hercules (in Greek: Herakles), Achilles, Odysseus, Zeus, and Hades; or, if we cross an ocean, Norse myths are centered around Thor, Odin, and Loki. And yet there still is too little myth exploration onscreen, not to mention that they are always focused on either love stories or explosive moments that are a result of the romance (hint: Troy)...


A while back, we came across a post on Tumblr where people were expressing the need for a sitcom where you’d follow the Greek gods in modern times. No epic battles or (much of) romantic plot devices. Just them going about their lives like mere mortals. But Greek mythology is much more than a handful of people or immortals trying to either make a name for themselves or meddle in other people’s lives. And because the pool of gods and goddesses across the world is so vast, for this competition we will narrow it down to 9 cultures:

Greek or RomanEgyptianNorse

American IndianIndianMesoamerican

JapaneseRussianAustralian Aboriginal


To take part in the competition, just:

  • Choose one culture and explore a myth from it (it’s up to you if you want the source to still be recognizable or if you only want to use the lesson/some elements from it).
  • Use mythology as inspiration for your own story (similar to the first point, but in this one you wouldn’t make it as obvious in your story what the source is until the very end— or not even then) :P
  • Pick characters from three mythologies and make something new (pay attention to each one’s characteristics and powers, combine pre-existing elements from the myths with your own, original ones if you can).

Often than not, it seems that the scales are always inclined towards favoring male-centered myths. And we all know that Zeus went around quite a bit and left in his wake enough offspring to give Hera the mother of all headaches. So we're sure there have been both female and male children, but we don’t see enough of the female demi-goddesses depicted in today’s media; mostly because they’re always treated as victims, as people we should take pity on (depending on what happens to them or what they choose to do to deal with the knowledge that they’re demi-goddesses:)

But maybe you don’t want to follow a mortal’s adventure in your story, even if he/she is a demi-god/dess. Perfectly fine.

Then shed your mortal skin and step into the sandals of an immortal. What does your god/goddess think about the modern day? Do they take to technology like a duck to water? Or do they find it difficult, downright impossible to get used to the modern day society and its rules?

You should also play with their gender. Why must they stay firmly in one or the other category, why not genderfluid? Think about it: if you’d be an immortal, would you keep identifying as a male or a female for all eternity? Would you not experiment, see what is actually more comfortable for you? Besides, you need to remember one important aspect about ancient gods and goddesses (especially Greek): they were always prone to boredom. So what better pastime than playing with the lives of mortals?


We will explore some myths from the three cultures in “I am no hero — Greek myths,” hoping to give you a headstart, or an idea for your story!


Winning entries will be shared on Movellas' social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.)​


The Best Story will receive a copy of Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch, or a $25 Amazon gift card.


2 Runners Up will receive paperback copies of Inspired by Susan Bernardo or SINK by M.E. Rhimes, which is book 1 in the Mermaid Royalty series! 




Open globally

Multiple entries allowed (maximum - 3)

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.

Check out the Competition FAQs for more..
NOTE: Covers must use resources licensed under CC0, or Public Domain.

Thank you to DeeundDrang for helping write this competition


The competition deadline is Friday, July 19 2019 (20:00 PST)

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