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Momaya Press has been giving writers a worldwide forum for fourteen years. Each
year, Momaya receives hundreds of short story submissions from all over the world and brings the best of them together in the prestigious Momaya Short Story Review.

Utopia or Dystopia?
2017 was a year of contradictions.

Some of the world’s greatest literature have dealt with the theme of dystopia — Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale, Burgess’ The Clockwork Orange, Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Huxley’s A Brave New World, Orwell’s 1984, to name just a handful.  While utopias seem a bit more thin on the ground, the better known include Morris’s News from Nowhere, More’s Utopia, Campanella’s The City of the Sun and Disney’s Tomorrowland. Utopias seem to have ruled the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, while dystopias came into their own after World War One.

“Almost without exception, everything society has considered a social advance has been prefigured first in some utopian writing.” – David L. Cooperrider, PhD

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Ambition is the theme for 2016.

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. This year’s winning stories explore personal ambition within the context of wide social pressures.

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Treasure is the theme for 2015.

This year’s stories explore love and covetousness, loss and discovery. 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.

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CoverImageFRONTThe Momaya 2014 Short Story Review brings together the best stories we received out of more than 230 entries from 15 countries. The theme this year was “Captivity“, and you’ll find stories that cover the full range of emotions and situations the word can evoke.

Join us as the stories unfold… Follow along as a young Romanian girl escapes the sex trade, a man brings home a trophy animal only to find the tables turned on him, a pair of young kids discover that frightening appearances are not always what they seem, and a soldier wonders what side he should really be on. Relationships will begin and end. Families will come together and be torn apart. This year’s theme will be explored from many angles — all of them, in their own way, captivating.

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The 10th Momaya Short Story Competition attracted a large quantity of truly exceptional submissions, so we’re celebrating with our largest review of short stories ever. The theme this year was music, which inspired high-caliber stories across the globe.

We all can relate to music. Music is played at all significant events in our lives – both happy and sad. Just hearing a particular tune can set a mood for times to come or bring back memories of good and bad times past. Music is democratic: we all love (some) music. Music is divisive: we all have our own particular tastes. We all have an opinion and a reaction to music. The stories you will read in this edition are some of the finest short stories written in 2013, anywhere in the world. In the First Place story “Lily’s Music”, a deaf girl’s enjoyment of music (through sensing the vibrations) elicits the attention of a dangerous man. The excitement of the golden era of Jazz in Harlem is captured in “The Open Door”, which placed second. The Third Place “The Place That Will Keep Us” tells the story of a guitar player’s son and daughter who are on the run and running out of options.

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Heat  is theme for the Momaya Annual Review 2012. First Place “Encephalartos” impressed all of the judges. The heady, fertile world of the botannical garden provides a sharp contrast with the dessicated spectre of the protagonist’s wife, who somehow manages to loom over the story despite never actually appearing.  In Second Place “Whisky and Honey”, dark deeds and betrayal mix with tenderness and heroism for a powerful story set in the oppressive heat of an urban summer.  The protagonist’s personal history is revealed, carefully and cleverly, to build sympathy for a character who at first seems unredeemable  in the Third Place “The Interview”. The thirteen stories in this collection treat the theme in unexpected and varied ways that deliver an entertaining reading experience.

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Greed is theme for the Momaya Annual Review 2011. The entries for the 2011 Short Story Competition came from around the globe. The In the First Place story, “Where There is a Will”, greed is illustrated quite literally when a wealthy man dies and friends and relatives scramble to discover who will inherit. Greed for power is shown in our Second Place story “Mao Yanshou” exerts his position by casting off a beautiful would-be bride for the emperor. Greed for sexual experience and freedom from the constraints of marriage are explored in the Third Place story “Will You Miss Me?” In all of these stories, the greedy learn their lessons. Will you learn the same lessons vicariously – and live your own lifes a bit more virtuously as a result?

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An excellent collection of new short stories from writers around the world, the Momaya Annual Review 2010 features fiction in a variety of categories from the winners of the Momaya Short Story Competition as well as beautiful illustrations and short stories celebrating the year’s theme of “Family.” Families have proved fertile ground for writers from Jane Austin to Émile Zola and almost everyone in between. We all have families and many of us at some point have wondered whether other families were as problematic as our own. Reading through this collection, those of us with odd families will probably find ourselves feeling like we have company. But don’t worry, it’s not all tears. This collection offers a range of styles many of which we hope will make you laugh, and some of which will make you see your own family life a bit differently.

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A haunting collection of new short stories from writers around the world, the Momaya Annual Review 2009 features fiction in a variety of categories from the winners of the Momaya Short Story Competition and winners of Momaya Awards, as well as beautiful illustrations and short stories celebrating the year’s theme of “Alienation.” In this edition you will find some fascinating stories: a girl goes to cash her dead junkie boyfriend’s lottery ticket, a wife learns too late that her husband has left the house (and this world) forever, a child struggles to understand the subtext of words among adults (who never seem to use words in their strict dictionary sense).

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This special Fifth Year Anniversary Edition of the Momaya Annual Review 2008 is an energetic collection of new short stories from writers around the world featuring fiction in a variety of categories from the winners of the Momaya Short Story Competition and winners of Momaya Awards, as well as photographs and short stories celebrating the year’s theme of “Passion.”

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An inspiring collection of new short stories from writers around the world, the Momaya Annual Review 2007 features fiction in a variety of categories from the winners of the Momaya Short Story Competition and winners of Momaya Awards, as well as photographs and short stories celebrating the year’s theme of “Transformation.”

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A brilliant collection of new short stories from writers around the world, the Momaya Annual Review 2006 features fiction in a variety of categories from the winners of the Momaya Short Story Competition and winners of Momaya Awards, as well as photographs, poems and short stories celebrating the year’s theme of “Escape.”

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An entertaining collection of new short stories from writers around the world, the Momaya Annual Review 2005 features fiction in a variety of categories from the winners of the Momaya Short Story Competition and winners of Momaya Awards, as well as a stunning collection of photographs, poems and short stories celebrating the year’s theme of humour.

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The Review that started it all! A fulfilling collection of new short stories from writers around the globe, the Momaya Annual Review 2004 featured fiction in a variety of categories from the winners of the Momaya Short Story Competition and winners of Momaya Awards, as well as a stunning collection of photographs, poems and short stories exploring the sensational, sensual topic of food.

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