Dia de Los Muertos: A Writing Competition


A little macabre and a whole lot of magic


Dia de los Muertos

What is Dia de los Muertos or 'Day of the Dead' in English? No, it's not Mexican Halloween and no it's not just about ghost stories! 

Every year from November 1st to 2nd, Latin America celebrates Dia de los Muertos, which is a unique holiday combining indigenous rituals with the Catholic tradtions of the Spanish conquistadores. Dia de los Muertos has a long history behind it, but the main celebration consists of visiting the graves of deceased relatives and loved ones and arranging altars filled with marigolds and their favorite foods. It is a day to remember those we have lost and keep their memory alive. Read more about Dia de los Muertos and check out some cool pictures of the festivities HERE on National Geographic's website for some Dia de los Muertos inspiration!

When you think about Dia de los Muertos, it is a tradition that takes two opposing worlds - the world of the living and of the dead - and fuses them together. In that sense, the literary technique, magic realism, follows this tradition by melding together two opposing genres of fiction. 


Magic(al) Realism

In its most simplified definition, magic realism (or magical realism) is realistic fiction fused with fantasy. Since magic realism is set in the "normal" world, it cannot be considered fantasy. But it's also not realism, because in magic realism, weird things happen. In magic realism, however, the normal world and the supernatural world are not seen as opposing forces and it's this paradox that makes it such an amazing type of fiction to read. And now, our dear Movellians, your task for this competition is to write some magic realism of your own! 


The competition

Write a story in the style of magic realism


Write a story where the dead make contact with the living


Create cover art featuring two opposing themes fused together as one.


The Prizes

1 winner will receive a copy of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina, plus a Dia de los Muertos-themed surprise.

2 runners up will receive a copy of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind (read more about the book on Good Reads)

Best cover will receive a Dia De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead and Sugar Skulls Coloring Book (see example on Amazon here)


The Details

Multiple entries allowed (limit - 3)

No co-author entries

No word limit



The competition ends on November 16, 2015 (16:00 PST)  

A special thanks to @Sanguine for creating the banner art for this competition. Check out her Cover Store for more of her work.

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