Momaya Annual Awards | 15 November 2016
The published writers, judges, and readers came together to celebrate the publication of the Momaya Short Story Review 2016, 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 will be their first (but we hope, not their last) publication.
Our sincere thanks to the judges who reserve 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. Our judging panel included Francis Jessop (Editor, Random House), Gillian Pink (Research Editor, Voltaire Press, University of Oxford), and Alice Shepherd (Former Assistant Editor, Penguin).
Ambition was theme for the 2016 competition Some of the worlds greatest literature has dealt with this theme – Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities. Ambition can be sparked by positive reasons – such as wanting to be worthy of the person one loves – or negative reasons – such as revenge.
We received 116 entries from 14 countries (Australia, China, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States of America). Thank you to all the writers who shared their work with us; we enjoyed reading every single entry this year.
In the First Place story “China Dolls” a young girl under pressure from her mother to succeed finds a way to exert her own desires. A servant in a fine lady’s house develops elevated expectations of her future prospects in “Overestimation of Importance”, which placed second. The Third Place “Amallfi’ explores the role of amibition and money in the world of fine art. These stories explore personal ambition within the context of wider social pressures.
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. 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.
Evenings like this, where we brought 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 our attendees enjoyed themselves and took advantage of the opportunity to make some new, meaningful, connections with like-minded souls.
- Momaya Press Director Monisha Saldanha welcomes the audience
- Gillian Pink, Research Editor at the Volataire Foundation (University of Oxford) introduces first place story “China Dolls”
- Frances Jessop, Editor at Random House, introduces second place story “Overestimation of Importance”
- Alice Sheppard, former Assistant Editor at Penguin, introduces third place story “Amalfi”
- All published writers are congratulated by the judges, and share their inspiration for their piece and plans for the future
- An actor performs the first place story
- Frances Jessop gives advice to writers on working with publishers
- Drinks and chats
Congratulations to all the writers published in the Momaya Annual Review 2016
China Dolls, Alison Wassell
Overestimation Of Importance, Mahalia Solages
Amalfi, O’Hara Moon
Beating Heart And All, Brad Adams
Danuta’s Smile, Julie Balloo
How To Be You, Philippa Found
Leap in the Dark, Paula Hunter
Remy, Jenny-Rose Kendrick
Going on Eighty-Six, L. F. Roth
Pitch Man, Pat Phillips
Published for the theme “Ambition”
Scilla, Dianne Beeaff
Winter Games, Mary Bevan
Stars Hide Your Fire, John Clark
Crush, Philippa Found
The Crisis Line, Robert Grossmith
The Beads Of Life, Andrew Kuzyk
When You Grow Up, Victoria Lotridge
On The Shelf, Lucy Mouland
All I Want To Do Is To Touch Your Face, Sandy Norris
The Writers’ Bar, Marcus Ong
A Life Well Lived, Marc Owen Jones
These stories were selected by our panel of judges from 116 entries from 14 countries (Australia, China, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Romania,Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States of America). Thank you to all the writers who shared their work with us; we enjoyed reading every single entry.
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