Athena’s Owls Competition: The Monster’s Tale

Calling all Owls!

The Greeks had plenty of stories about valiant heroes swooping in to save the day from a dreaded and vicious monster, from Hercules’ defeat of the Hydra to Odysseus’ clever deception of the Cyclops – but what did the monsters think about all this? What would Medusa say, if asked for her side of the story?

That’s where you come in! For our fourth Athena’s Owls competition, we want you to give one of the famous Greek mythic monsters a voice and re-tell the story we all know from their point of view. Will it be Polyphemus complaining about Odysseus’ dirty tricks and the loss of his lovely sheep? Or the Minotaur telling anyone who will listen about how lonely it was to be locked in the Labyrinth?

Simply choose from one of these monsters and get creative!

The Sphinx – Polyphemus the Cyclops – The Minotaur – Medusa – Typhon – The Hydra

If you are looking for some inspiration, why not have a read of some of the myths from the hero’s point of view to get you started! Click the links below for some of our stories.

Zeus’ battle with Typhon
Odysseus’ encounter with Polyphemus
Hercules’ defeat of the Hydrayou can now listen to our reading of this myth on our Sound Cloud!


This competition is open to anyone aged between 5 and 14 years old in the UK and Ireland. There are three age categories and word limits for this competition:

Category 1: 5-7 years old – up to 300 words
Category 2: 8-11 years old – up to 500 words
Category 3: 12-14 years old – up to 750 words

You are welcome to illustrate your story, but entries will be judged based on how entertaining and creative your retelling is. There will be prizes of Book Tokens for the winners and runners up in each category. The closing date is 5pm on Sunday 11th April, and we will announce the winner via Twitter shortly afterwards.

To enter, either write up your story on a computer and save in .doc or .pdf format, or write it up by hand, scan it into your computer or take a photo, and then upload it to our entry form here:

Entries are limited to one per child and are completely free. UK & Ireland only. Winners will be contacted via email following the competition.

Click here to download a PDF of the competition details.

3 thoughts on “Athena’s Owls Competition: The Monster’s Tale”

  1. […] Here we have an exciting treat in the form of a new blog post all about everyone’s favourite grizzly giant, the Cyclops Polyphemus! This is from Kim, a PhD student in Classics at the Open University and member of the Athena’s Owls team who has worked tirelessly to set up a branch of the project in Liverpool. Kim’s research focuses on the reception of Polyphemus in literature from the Odyssey to Frankenstein, and she’s written this post discussing Odysseus’ treatment of Polyphemus to give some inspiration to budding writers for our latest competition! […]


  2. I am Head of Classics at St George’s School, Ascot. I would like to submit some entries for this competition but have been unable to access the entry form (Google form) on this page. Please can you allow me access.
    Best wishes
    Laura Fontes


    1. Dear Laura,
      thanks for your message and interest in our competition! In order to access the form, you will need to be logged into a google account – this is so we can collect entries that are uploaded to the form. Please try to log in (you can create an account for free if needed) and let us know if you are still having trouble!
      Best wishes,


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