Mythic Tales Contest 2022

mythic tales contest

Enter to win publication in ‘Pennon’, the CatholicAuthor Journal

Come one, come all! Our second contest has begun, where anyone who loves writing fun, faith-inspired fiction is invited to send in a short 'mythic' story. That includes fantasy, sci fi, historical - usually heroic adventure! The winners get featured here in LegendFiction.

This contest is hosted by CatholicAuthor, and finalists are published in Pennon, the CatholicAuthor journal. Plus, finalists earn free membership to the private community!

Read all these tabs carefully for contest details.

Theme: Mythic Tales

Your short story submission must be between 1000 to 3,000 words. 

'Mythic' means any heroic story of a character dealing with a problem, and finding a way to overcome it to make the world right again.

The central theme is heroism and meaning. Most of the popular stories we enjoy are mythic. They don't have to include mythological elements or creatures. Fantasy, sci fi, historical adventure, all is classified under the very broad sense of 'mythic tales.'

Mythic Tales is an adventurous and mystical category, than can trend into the epic, gothic, or the whimsical. It’s up to you! The role of myth is to explore how individuals answer the call of their culture. While some myths are about origins, or ritual explanations for natural events, we’re talking about something different.

We’re thinking about what it means to be a person, a hero, challenged to take action within the morals of our culture.

How to think about mythic tales

We have formed our sense of identity, and now that sense is put to the test. Mythic stories are often wide and epic in scope, with heroes, heroines, talking animals, gods and angels, demons and dragons, light and dark.

Myths are about the contact between our center and our culture, often to discover that we have fallen short – short in our idea of ourselves, and what reality is. As a genre, myths are largely ignored, but they encompass almost every fantasy story, superhero stories, frontier fiction… anything heroic.

You can be as immersive and original as Tolkien, as allegorical as Lewis, as intentionally detailed as Sanderson, or as world-blending as Rowling. Your heroes can be irrevent as Tony Stark, loyal as Captain America, broody as Batman, lighthearted as Superman.

And there are many others.

No fan fiction. Your creative world may be similar to your favorite series, but must have original content.

Contestant participants can be


The first, second, and third place finalists:

  • Get free membership in CatholicAuthor
  • Will be published in our printable journal, Pennon
  • Featured on this contest page 


All entries must be submitted by May 31. The judging rounds and finalist announcements will be shared around June 15!

How judging works

  • CatholicAuthor staff will review every entry after the deadline, and select the top 10 best for Round 1. (This number may change, depending on the quantity and quality of entries!)
  • The Round 1 entries are put to public vote within the communities to decide on the top 3.
  • The top 3 entries are reviewed by our sponsor or friend of CatholicAuthor, who are not members, to decide on the first place finalist.

High school teen entries are judged separately from adult authors. First place is judged by popular teen vote.

Honorable mentions may  be published in Pennon, at the discretion of our CatholicAuthor staff.

Contest Details

Read all the contest requirements here.

To submit your story, sign in to your free profile on LegendFiction, add your author account, and post your story.


LegendFiction is a creative project to help writers write, and readers read! Mostly it's about sharing our love of imaginative, faith-inspired fiction, for Catholic and Orthodox writers. 

LegendFiction publishes short stories, chapters, and collections of creative content. 

Anyone can create a free profile, and start entering their stories. Your content is your own, and you keep your copyrights.

LegendFiction invites members to join the CatholicAuthor community, an online community for the modern Catholic fiction writer. There is no obligation - but we believe you'll enjoy giving and getting feedback, sharing your works in progress, and building a network of like-minded friends. Preview the group, and start your 7-day trial today.

Are you a teen between 13-17? Join our private community, hosted by Catholic Homeschool Online: CatholicAuthor Teens

Check out our manifesto course, ‘How to be a Catholic Author’. All members should be familiar with it.

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