Accepting Entries Now through 30 April 2017
for the 14th Annual Short Story Competition
Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and offers the opportunity for winners to be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2017.
First Prize: £120 ($150) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2017
Second Prize: £60 ($75) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2017
Third Prize: £25 ($30) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 20172017
In addition, 7 honourable mentions will be chosen for publication, as well as any stories which placed in our top 30 and fit our chosen theme for the year. All winners will be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2017.
(Stories received after 30 April 2017 will automatically be entered in the 2018 Competition)
Rules of Entry:
- Entries may be up to 3,000 words long
- Any subject or style is welcome
- The competition is open to writers from all countries, but entries must be written in English
- We expect entries to have been checked for proper spelling and grammar.
The 2017 themes are “Dystopia/Utopia”. While entries for the short story competition may be on any topic, the review gets its cohesion from outstanding stories focusing on our central theme, interspersed among the contest winners’ stories.
Some of the world’s greatest literature has dealt with the theme of dystopia — Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale, Anthony Burgess’ The Clockwork Orange, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, George Orwell’s 1984, to name just a handful. While utopias seem a bit more thin on the ground, the better known including William Morris’s News from Nowhere, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Campanella’s The City of the Sun. Utopias seem to have dominated the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, while dystopias came into their own after World War One.
What is the vision you’d like to share with the world – a dystopia or a utopia? Can one woman’s dystopia be another’s utopia? We look forward to reading your own, unique take on our theme.
Meredith DePaolo is an American screenwriter living in Kuala Lumpur. She’s worked as a television writer and producer for networks including CBS, HBO, Oxygen and Bloomberg Television reporting from New York, London and Dubai. A graduate of Yale University, Meredith was a winner of the 2016 Meryl Streep Writers Lab award.
Frances Jessop is an editor at Random House, dividing her time between Vintage paperbacks and literary sports books at Yellow Jersey Press. She started her career in academic publishing, where she worked at Blackwell Publishing in Oxford managing social sciences journals, before moving to trade publishing and London via a year in a literary agency at the William Morris Agency.
Gillian Pink is a Research Editor at the Voltaire Foundation (University of Oxford), where she works as part of a team to publish the first ever critical edition of Voltaire’s complete works. She has recently completed a doctorate on Voltaire’s marginalia, set to be published by CNRS Éditions (Paris). She has studied and taught literature from a wide range of styles and periods, in the UK, France and Canada.
Alice Shepherd works as an investment writer. Before this, she was an assistant editor at Penguin, where she worked on a wide range of commercial fiction. Having started her publishing career at Abner Stein literary agency, she then went on to work at Headline Publishing Group.
How to Submit:
- Your short story must be submitted via email and payment must be completed
- Every short story must be accompanied by an entry fee of £12 via Paypal. Payment by cheque in British Pounds may be sent via mail to our UK mailing address, listed on the “About Momaya” page
- You may submit more than one short story
- You may submit stories that have been published before, as long as you retain the copyright
Copyright of published stories remains with the author. The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted. Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. Any story submitted may be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2017, whether or not they have won.
In the video below, Cally Taylor shares her experience of being published by Momaya Press.
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