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:new: So it's Valentine's Day here and I'm off to buy shoes to go with my posh frock for my fancy dinner because blue moons just come around sometimes, but I thought I'd pop in to remind you that there's approximately forty-eight hours left to submit something for the contest. So to all you stragglers, you revisers and last-minute magic-makers, you photo finishers: pull all the stops out, stop arsing about and get those entries in. Think of it as a Valentine's gift to words.






At the request of participants and for the sake of my own failing sanity, the Modernising Myths Contest will be extended by ten days. This means that the new deadline is February 15, giving you until the day after Valentine's Day to complete your entry--and if you still need more time, I suggest cancelling your Valentine's Day plans and finishing it then. Because we all know you love writing more than you love your partner. And if they're reading over your shoulder, I'm sorry, but they had to know sometime.

If you're still having trouble finding a myth, I am more than happy to throw suggestions your way. For best results, give me some idea of the pantheon or area you're interested in, otherwise you're liable to end up with whatever I happen to find hilarious at that moment. And please, harass your friends. Don't just tell them, tie them to a chair and put a pen in their hand. Help us get the word out over the next ten days and I will personally go down on one knee and propose to you.





There's just ONE WEEK LEFT to enter this competition. I see a lot of arses that need prodding, and I've used the English spelling so we can all be absolutely sure that I'm not talking about donkeys. I do not endorse the prodding of donkeys in any way. Anyway, if you've got a myth, get writing, and if you haven't a myth, come to me and I'll give you one. Then you can get writing. It's time to knock this non-donkey-prodding party into full swing!





Modernising Myths Contest



It's been one year since transliterations was founded with the express aim of promoting and prompting literature in translation; a year full of macros and music, of sculptures, structures and seriously weird films, of so many amazing people doing such amazing things that I couldn't hope to summarise it all here. We've run two contests in that time, one with a musical theme and one with a photographic theme, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than by kicking off with a third. This contest sees us returning to our roots with some old-fashioned literary and cultural translation, and gives you the opportunity not only to put a new spin on the old stories you love but also to win some outstanding prizes. Read on!


Instructions:


You will need:

One (1) myth of ancient or medieval origin
One (1) computer or notebook
One (1) brain (optional)

We've all read myths from various ancient cultures before, whether they be stories of warrings gods, creation myths or that one about Zeus turning into a golden shower (and I have to say, even as a kid that had me wondering.) I've never met anyone who didn't at some point in their schooling go through an Ancient Greek/Ancient Rome/Ancient Egypt phase, whether it was before or after the dinosaur phase or, for the really imaginative kids, concurrently. So what is it that draws us to the the mythological? When these stories first came into being, they were mechanisms to explain the world, oral traditions and lines of continuity between generations. Centuries or millennia on, we are utterly disconnected from the culture these myths represent--and yet they continue to fascinate us. Is there something in them that remains relevant across cultures and times? Here at transliterations, we've thought of a way to find out.

Choose one myth from a culture that particularly attracts you. Anything before 1AD is fair game, as are Norse and Celtic myths from the Dark and Middle ages, Chinese and Japanese myths from any era and cultural stories such as those of the Native Americans or Australian Aboriginals. Biblical stories are out, as is anything Arthurian, but we'll probably accept anything else. Anyway, once you have your myth, your first step is to take it apart to really find out what makes the story tick. Does it represent an archetypical character, setting or plotline? Is the myth itself a metaphor for a process in nature or society? If you took the myth out of its contextual culture, what would remain?

It's that last question which is most crucial, really. Because what we want you to do is translate the essence of your chosen myth to a contemporary setting--any time and place within the last say, five years. Get creative with it; if you've chosen a myth from the Greek pantheon, don't just set it in Athens (unless you turn the gods into economic protestors, which could actually be pretty fun). Try and choose a backdrop which will enhance the power of your chosen story. And don't feel obliged to translate the full myth, either. This is particularly relevant for poets; rather than retelling the whole story, think about capturing just one or two elements which make that myth unique. Atmosphere is just as important as content.

Place and character names can be retained and changed as you see fit. The basic storyline must remain the same, which means no changed endings or new plot points. Everything else is up to you, save for one final recommendation: make your source material proud!


Minutiae:


  1. Submissions will be accepted until February 5th, and you must be a member of transliterations to enter. You can enter once for poetry and once for prose, but all entries must be written specifically for this contest.
  2. Submit your finished work to the transliterations' Modernising Myths Contest folder. Don't forget to include a nod to us in the artist's comments, as well some information on the myth you chose!
  3. Entries will be judged by the #transliterations crew: Amberlouie, cogongrass, fyoot, wreckling and myself. Results will be announced approximately two weeks after the contest closes.
  4. All literary genres, strengths and lengths are allowed. We like to see people bending the rules!


Prizes:



Poetry, First Prize

One (1) copy of Anis Mojgani's Over The Anvil We Stretch from Amberlouie
One (1) Anubis, God of the Dead Plush from Memnalar
One (1) print of your choice from Halatia
One (1) 3 month premium membership
One (1) critique from zebrazebrazebra
Two hundred fifty (250) points
News and journal features

Poetry, Second Prize

One (1) copy of James Proimos' 12 Things To Do Before You Crash And Burn from PinkyMcCoversong
One (1) 1 month premium membership
One (1) critique from Amberlouie
Two hundred fifty (250) points
News and journal features

Prose, First Prize

One (1) copy of Etgar Keret's The Nimrod Flipout from zebrazebrazebra
One (1) Anubis, God of the Dead Plush from Memnalar
One (1) print of your choice from Halatia
One (1) 3 month premium membership
One (1) critique from wreckling
Two hundred fifty (250) points
News and journal features

Prose, Second Prize

One (1) copy of James Proimos' 12 Things To Do Before You Crash And Burn from PinkyMcCoversong
One (1) 1 month premium membership
One (1) critique from fyoot
Two hundred fifty (250) points
News and journal features


One Last Word:



Contests and prompts like these rely on the support of the community to thrive. Anyone who's ever run a prompt or a contest knows how hard it can be to get the word out, especially with so many different things already going on--if you want to feel like a tiny speck among giants, I always say, either become an asteroid or start a group on dA. So I ask you, please do what you can to support us: favourite this news article, link it in your journal or to your friends but most of all, think about the the prompt and consider entering. We can't do it without you. Not that we'd want to, anyway--you're the people who make it so much fun!
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration. :heart: It felt AMAZING to write a longer story again.
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:iconzebrazebrazebra:
zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Longer indeed! Are there still plans to go novel with it?

Also, you're welcome!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, but further research is necessary. :P I might use it for NaNo next year. I've never done NaNo, but it looks like fun.
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Lunulae Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Writer
Actually, I think I'll just submit it anyway, and if it doesn't fit, it doesn't fit, right?
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Lunulae Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Writer
I've written my piece, but I'm not sure it qualifies at all. It's supposed to be on Maia, but I guess I've just translated who she is and what Zeus sees in her, and not so much 'modernized' it.

I haven't submitted it because I'm not sure if it fits the guidelines, but I have written it in time, I think...should I submit it anyway? It's here: [link] if you have the time to take a quick look at it and let me know if it fits.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Hmm. I think I'll let it sneak in.
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Lunulae Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Writer
:dance: Thanks! Sorry for the last minute inconvenience :blush:
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:iconzebrazebrazebra:
zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Writer
No trouble at all!
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Writer
That sound you hear? It's me, typing. I promise.
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justlittlemusings Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I do want to enter. But I can't think of any un-boring myths. You said you knew some, so maybe if you could possibly please throw one at me I'll see what I can do in the uh... 48 hours :noes:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh boy, did you hit the jackpot. Have fun with the Bean Nighe! [link]
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justlittlemusings Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:tighthug: Thank you! I will do my best!

I'm shifting through my pile of Uni work tonight to hopefully leave some time for this. :D
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gaborcsigas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I will spread the word about this, it's a great project idea. :nod: (And thanks to `Exillior for pointing it out to so many of us.)

( In fact, had I not written A Taste of Bitter Gold last year for Salomé Jones' Red Phone Box anthology outside dA, I would submit it to your contest now. Obviously, I really do like the concept of modernizing myths. :thumbsup: (Ummm, sorry for this bit of shameless self-promo. :shame: ))
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! Yeah, modernising myths is hardly a new past-time, but it fits in well with what we do here and hell, it's so much fun!

You could revise it into a poem and submit that!
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gaborcsigas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Soon the time will come when we'll modernise myths that are modernised myths themselves. :) ...wait. Aren't we doing that already? :D

I can only wish I had a poetic vein. But alas, I don't. :)
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm still vaguely considering doing a flip version of this contest where you take a modern urban myth and ancientize it.
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Starlace Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Please do this. (P.S. I *am* still going to enter something.)
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Lunulae Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Writer
Argh. I cannot, cannot find a myth I want to write about. Please could you help me out? I'm looking for something that has predominantly human or human-like elements (preferably no fantastical beasts or magical instruments) and hopefully themes of longing, infatuation and a healthy amount of angst thrown in. Any culture will do. *Fingers-Crossed*
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Writer
What about the Chinese legend of the Butterfly Lovers? I don't think anyone else has taken it... [link]

And if that isn't angsty enough, how about Oedipus Rex?
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Solarune Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Writer
:XD: okay, I've had this idea rattling around my head for weeks, and now you've extended the deadline I have no choice but to participate despite having a gajillion other things to do.
One question. The characters I'm focusing on are old – in their seventies, probably – and I would love to include some of their backstory. Would that be acceptable, since it'd have to be set in the 50s/60s and hence out of the chosen time period? Would it have to play a very minor part in the story if I did include it? The idea is to show how they became who they are and then tell the rest of the story in a modern setting.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Writer
As long as the main thrust of the story (hurr hurr, thrust) is contemporary, then you're fine!
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Solarune Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Writer
:la: great, thanks!
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:iconstarlace:
Starlace Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Ah thank you!! Hey, good luck with that sanity problem ;)
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:iconzebrazebrazebra:
zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
I appear to be losing the battle.
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Starlace Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Better figure out how you can use your insanity to enhance your literary genius, then ;)
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julietcaesar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
YES! I really needed that. I finally got an idea and got some writing done (but I didn't tell you earlier because I tend to jinx myself into not writing it if I told anyone) but I was panicking a little because I thought I won't have time to finish it and polish it up in time for submission. Woo, breathing space. Thank you for your help! Even though it means I have to write a story that's actually...funny. I don't think I've done that since writing about Jack the Ripper and mannequins during FFM 2010, so that's going to be interesting. :B
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Ooh, ooh, ooh. Can I ask if it was on the myth I gave you? 'Cause if not I might give it to someone else, is all.

Jack the Ripper and mannequins?!
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julietcaesar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, the anansi myth. :)

I had an overactive imagination back then: [link]
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BarbecuedIguana Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Considering what I'm writing about, your timing is perfect.
:D
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IWasOnceLikeYou Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey, I don't have the time or effort to sort through all these comments for a myth suggestion, would you possibly be able to whip a couple my way? I was thinking on doing a Greek one, but I'm really open to absolutely anything fascinating. Thanks.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
How about Daedalus and Icarus? I don't think anyone's tackled that yet, and there's a lot of meat on its bones...
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IWasOnceLikeYou Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm. Sounds perfect, thanks! :D
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I already submitted mine and don't feel like writing anymore on it :noes:
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poshlost Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm so are we supposed to tell this descriptively as most fables are taught or in a more modern way? What's the mechanism/technique for telling this story? Seems like a fun prompt; unfortunately I'll probably have to write a story after the deadline because my next month is absolutely hellish. I won't be able to enter, but it would be a fun exercise regardless.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
That's up to you. As long as the setting is modern, the nature of the retelling is completely open.

If your month is hellish, why not write something about hell? That way you can enter AND blow off steam!
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:iconliliwrites:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh thank goodness. :phew: I have so much editing left to do on mine!
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Get going then, wumman!
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Writer
I'm thinking of slapping mine into some better shape to submit for workshop, so I might upload a new version this weekend at the latest. Judges who have already started reading entries don't have to read it again though, that'd be mean.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I really doubt anyone's started reading yet--we tend to let people make edits right up until the deadline. Go for it!
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Writer
Sweeeeet. You guys are the best. :D
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TsengEclipse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh thank God, I was having trouble just finding the time to finish my entry >_> Now I don't have to do a rush job! =)
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Call it divine intervention!
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rushingtide Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Oh thank God, it's due on the 5th. Could've sworn it was the 2nd, or the 1st today. I'll have it in by the deadline. Goddamn work. Goddamn lazy sister that paid me well to write her essays (I'm a cheap whore).
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:iconzebrazebrazebra:
zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Dude, that's naughty. I hope you included subtle hints about a conspiracy involved Leonardo da Vinci, Jesus and some prostitute or something.
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rushingtide Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
For her essay? Nah. I did it legit--to the point where if she gets in, I'll be more excited than her.

She owes me for life.
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Jrakob Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why are Biblical stories out? it's an honest question with no I'll will.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Because the term 'myth' is usually associated with things we now consider fictitious, people's opinions vary on whether or not the Bible is fictitious, and I don't want anyone landing themselves in the middle of a religious debate because of me.
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Jrakob Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. well it's so funny because I am a believer. but I know that some people don't think it's real. but with that understanding I still enjoy writing about bible stories. so when you said that Bible stories are out I was disappointed.
Also (not me) but keeping bible stories out could just as easily be misconstrued by saying you don't like christian and so wont let people write about bible stories.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, to put it frankly: I am an atheist, and from my point of view Bible stories are indeed fictional. That doesn't mean I don't recognise them as being, in most cases, really great stories. I would've loved to have seen Noah's Flood translated into a modern natural disaster, for example. But from my point of view, defining Bible stories as myths is just asking for trouble coming from any angle. It opens me up to accusations of insensitivity, and more importantly it opens those who may choose them up to accusations of insensitivity. Ultimately, I knew it was going to be a controversial choice whichever way I went, and this seemed to be to me the most respectful course.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:highfive: Way to use your brain!
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