Back in October 2018, we opened the Athena’s Fortune Contest to celebrate the release of the first full Sea of Thieves novel, Athena’s Fortune. We invited all of you to submit short stories on the Forums that told tales set in the world of Sea of Thieves, particularly those that you and your crew had embarked upon.

The winning stories would be collected together in a commemorative tome called Mariners’ Myths. We also asked you arty hearties to submit artwork for the front cover – the deadline for artwork was actually extended a little, to ensure we had plenty of submissions sailing in.

You all rose to the challenge with true pirate tenacity and soon we were buried in stories and art, making choosing the winners a hard task indeed. We appreciate your patience and the moment has now arrived to announce our final verdicts! If Merrick would kindly give us a drum roll, please:

Fan Fiction Main Prize Winners

LongLiveCayde6 with “The Old Gran and the Sea"

MageSentron with “Lost and Found”

Katt Truewalker with “The Seas are Calling”

(All three win a copy of the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, a Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Controller, 20 Bilge Rat Doubloons, their work included in Mariners’ Myths and a copy of the book.)

Fan Fiction Runner-Up Prize Winners

Manix Ebonfire with “The Ebonfire Chronicles”

TargasBR with “Run, Honest, Run”

(Both win a copy of the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, 10 Bilge Rat Doubloons, their work included in Mariners’ Myths and a copy of the book.)

Cover Art Main Prize Winner

@Kvernknurr on Twitter

Kvernknurr captures all the essential elements of pirate life, especially grog…

(They win a copy of the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, a Sea of Thieves Limited Edition Controller, 20 Bilge Rat Doubloons, their artwork included in Mariners’ Myths and a copy of the book.)

Cover Art Runner-Up Prize Winners

@artyojimbe on Twitter

Artyojimbe’s take on Sea of Thieves is mad, chaotic and explosive. Seems accurate.

@libby_sharp on Twitter

Libby shows us a melancholy but hopeful scene. What wonders lie on the horizon?

(They win a copy of the Athena's Fortune novel signed by Chris Allcock, 10 Bilge Rat Doubloons and a copy of Mariners’ Myths.)

A HUGE WELL DONE to all those winners! You all produced some fantastic work that either showed excellent talent, captured the spirit of Sea of Thieves, or both. Furthermore, we offer enormous thanks to everyone who took part. Your support of the game and the wider community is vital and always well-received by everyone here at Rare and by your fellow community members.

Watch the Forums for news on the production of the Mariners’ Myths book, while prizes will be distributed as soon as possible!

Thank you all again and well done once more to those talented winners. We hope you all enjoy reading Athena’s Fortune too, as the lore of Sea of Thieves continues to expand. Please keep watching the Forums and social channels for future competitions and keep being creative!