2015

Momaya Press Judges: Gillian Pink, Monisha Saldanha, Jasper Joffe, Frances Jessop and Alice Shepard

Momaya Press Judges: Gillian Pink, Monisha Saldanha, Jasper Joffe, Frances Jessop and Alice Shepard (l-r)

Congratulations Writers!  

1st Place
Finders Keepers, Jacky Taylor

2nd Place
Seahorse, Sarah Barr

3rd Place
Ornithological, Richard Newton

Honourable Mention
Not My Fault, Hayley, Solomon
The Beachcombers, Pat Black
In the Frame, Diane Bown-Wilson
All Donations Welcome, Louise G. Cole
The Maiden Voyage of Walter Pizarro, Rob Hawke
Treasured Moments, Maryan Kisler
Nana’s Navratan Set, Jocelyn Watson

Published under the theme “Treasure”
Another Silence, Innocent Agbo
An Elergy for Aunt Betty, David Chasumba
Beyond Price, Jacqui Cooper
Seashells, Mona Dash
The System, Joe Eurell
Heading West, Gayla Cordell Chaney
Treasure Hunt, Sue Hoffmann
The Bartender, Kersie Khambatta
Games of Gold, Laura Lovelady
Feast, Sinead Nolan
A Bracelet of Bright Hair, Jane Ryan
Sugar Stick, Nancy Saunders
The Necklace, Alison Wassell
Swapping Beads, Anne Wilson

On 17 November 2015, we celebrated the publication of the Momaya Short Story Review 2015, a compilation of some of the finest short stories written in English this year. Some of the authors have published stories or books previously, but for many, this was their first (but we hope, not their last) publication.

Monisha Saldanha (Founder, Momaya Press) welcomes guests

Monisha Saldanha (Founder, Momaya Press) welcomes guests

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Treasure was the theme for the Momaya Annual Review 2015. In the First Place story “Finders Keepers”, the ocean delivers a mysterious boy to a group of lonely tower keepers. A young mother seeks a new beginning with her baby girl in “Seahorse”, which placed second. The Third Place “Ornithological” explores the romance of missing diamonds in the expanse of Namibia. These stories explore love and covetousness, loss and discovery.

Our sincere thanks to the judges who reserved time in their busy schedules to read the entries, the writers who have honoured us by sharing their work, and the readers who give purpose to our efforts.

Frances Jessop (Editor, Random House) introduces first place story "Finders Keepers"

Frances Jessop (Editor, Random House) introduces first place story “Finders Keepers”

Our judging panel included Andy Callus (Paris Deputy Bureau Chief, Reuters), Jasper Joffe (Founder, Joffee Books) Francis Jessop (Editor, Random House), Gillian Pink (Research Editor, Voltaire Press, University of Oxford), and Alice Shepherd (Former Assistant Editor, Penguin).

Jacky Taylor's "Finders Keepers" placed first in the Momaya Short Story Competition 2015.

Jacky Taylor’s “Finders Keepers” placed first in the Momaya Short Story Competition 2015

While it may be true that we all have a novel to write, most of us won’t find the time to do so.   Our 3,000 word limit is about five pages typed – it’s something you can write during your lunch break, instead of watching TV after dinner, or by getting up a bit earlier on the weekend.

Gillian Pink (Research Editor, Voltaire Press, University of Oxford) introduces 3rd place story "Ornithological"

Gillian Pink (Research Editor, Voltaire Press, University of Oxford) introduces 3rd place story “Ornithological”

Submit your story to Momaya Press and an experienced judge will read your story, reflect upon it, and make a considered judgement on whether your story should be published in this year’s annual review. It’s an incredible validation of your ability. It is an act of courage to share your words with the world.

Actress Fran Wilde reads first place story "Finders Keepers"

Actress Fran Wilde reads first place story “Finders Keepers”

Barack Obama recently told novelist Marilynne Robinson that reading fiction had taught him how to be a citizen, which was to do “with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of greys, but there’s still truth there to be found… And the notion that it’s possible to connect with some[one] else even though they’re very different from you.”

Jasper Joffe (Founder, Joffe Books) shares advice on submitting work to publishers

Jasper Joffe (Founder, Joffe Books) shares advice on submitting work to publishers

Evenings like this, where we bring together writers and readers, are moments of magic, during which what is usually a solitary affair (whether you’re writing or reading) becomes a communal experience. We hope the attendees made some new, meaningful, connections with like-minded souls.

Alice Shepherd (former Assistant Editor, Penguin) introduces honourable mention "Treasured Moments"

Alice Shepherd (former Assistant Editor, Penguin) introduces honourable mention “Treasured Moments”

We thank the thousands of readers and writers who support Momaya Press, and we encourage everyone who reads these words to submit their short story to our competition. The theme for 2016 is “Ambition” and we are accepting entries on momayapress.com until 30th April 2016.   We hope we will have the pleasure of reading your submission!

IMG_1636Rob Hawke, author of honourable mention "The Maiden Voyage of Walter Pizarro"

Rob Hawke, author of honourable mention “The Maiden Voyage of Walter Pizarro”

Sinead Nolan reads during the Momaya Press Open Mike

Sinead Nolan reads during the Open Mike

Joe Eurell reads during the Momaya Press Open Mike

Joe Eurell reads during the open mike

Jocelyn Watson, Momaya Press honourable mention "Nana's Navratan Set"

Jocelyn Watson, honourable mention “Nana’s Navratan Set”

Mona Dash shares the inspiration behind "Seashells"

Mona Dash shares the inspiration behind “Seashells”

Laura Lovelady describes her approach to writing "Games of Gold"

Laura Lovelady describes her approach to writing “Games of Gold”

Maryan Kisler's "Treasured Moments" placed honourable mention

Maryan Kisler’s “Treasured Moments” placed honourable mention

Sinead Nolan reads during the Momaya Press Open Mike

Sinead Nolan reads during the Open Mike

Joe Eurell reads during the Momaya Press Open Mike

Joe Eurell reads during the open mike

Jocelyn Watson, Momaya Press honourable mention "Nana's Navratan Set"

Jocelyn Watson, honourable mention “Nana’s Navratan Set”

Agenda for the evening

  • Momaya Press Founder Monisha Saldanha introduces the Momaya Short Story Review 2015
  • Momaya Judges introduce the writers who placed in the 2015 competition
  • Actress Fran Wilde performs the First Place story “Finders Keepers”
  • Open Mike: Writers read aloud their work
  • Jasper Joffe, founder of Joffe Books, shares “5 ways to get your writing rejected”
  • Drinks and chats

Photos, Videos & Speeches from previous Momaya Press Awards:

Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2015
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2014
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2013
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2012
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2011
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2010
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2009
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2008
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2007
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2006
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2005
Momaya Press Awards Ceremony 2004