The Mythological and the Mundane Award

This award about the power of every day is due Sunday 7 October 2018



Creatures In The Making | Darajabi Nnamani
Gone But Not Forgotten | Ian Harrison
Found In The Woods | Sachin Sharma
Marzanna | Sam Aro
Mythamorphosis | Olinda Braganza


Writing Prompt

Tales of myth can provide an escape, a dream of a world infused with power and meaning. Breaking free of the repetition can be freeing, but on the other hand, practice makes perfect.

Using your own journey as a writer as inspiration, write about the way myths can be an empowering influence in composing stories. You can also look at how myths might become a crutch, an unwelcome tradition, or a prison from which writing originally maybe be hard to escape from.

This is a change for NiTH authors new and returning to write something autobiographical. You can structure it like a story, address the audience in a letter, or any format of your choosing.


  • Link your writing methods, choices and style to your personal history, be it cultural or otherwise.
  • Include a reference to at least one story you’ve written, either for NiTH or otherwise.


While this award is autobiographical in nature, you don’t need to necessarily write in an autobiography.

Word Count

675 words max. No minimum word count.

Due Date

This story is due Sunday 7 October 2018


All authors are eligible for this award.


  • First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.
  • All entries receive feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format

A cover image is no longer a prerequisite, but we still love them. All cover images must be in 4:3 format landscape (not portrait). Most photo editing programs give you that option. If you’re using your phone, try the Snapseed app, it has lots of cool features as well. Another recommendation is Pixlr.

If including a cover image, ensure that you own the rights to that image or that you have permission, or that the image carries a free license. Make the filename of the image the name of your story and include a backlink to the source in the body text at the bottom of your story.

Also include:

In the body text:

  • Title
  • Author name
  • Award name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

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The Mythological and the Mundane Award