The common experience of writing is a solitary affair. Whether they are actually alone in their home or sitting in a public space, writers throw their words into the void of a computer screen and notebooks. Most writers rarely experience the pleasure of seeing their words in print, and more rarely still, hear from their readers.
In 2004, Maya Cointreau and Monisha Saldanha founded Momaya Press to redress this balance. We provide a forum for writers to get feedback on their writing through our website, and we sponsor an annual awards ceremony where writers get to hear their works read aloud by actors and meet the judges who selected their work for publication. We encourage the audience to try their hand at writing their own stories.
Momaya Press is building a community of readers and writers around the world, to inspire people to express themselves and to support each other. Most of our waking hours are spent doing things that are functional. It’s a celebration of life to take time out to write a piece of fiction that exists for no purpose other than as an expression. Our own unique, individual, never-to-be-replicated contribution to the world in which we live. A piece of writing can change how we perceive the world. By changing how we think, we then change how we live our lives. Through our individual contributions, we can collectively shape the world we all experience every day – we hope for the better!
Monisha Saldanha earned her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2001 and has been working in the publishing and internet industry ever since. She believes that building a worldwide audience for the short story is vital to the promotion of this art form, and is proud that Momaya Press is increasingly recognized as the premiere forum for short story writers.
Maya Cointreau received a degree in Russian Literature from Smith College in 1996 and has over 15 years of experience in publishing and graphic arts. She has written and published seven books, and was managing editor of DCC Magazine, a magazine with a circulation of more than 60,000 readers. She works as an author and artist from in Connecticut. Her writing at mayacointreau.com.
Carissa Yeboah writes online content for Momaya Press. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in English Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London. Since then, she has volunteered in Kenya for three months and worked in different primary school settings. She is currently working on a short story and will soon start her PGCE at Goldsmiths.
In the video below, Monisha shares some inspiring words for writers, and you can view more videos on our Momaya Press YouTube channel.
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