Competition Guidelines

Accepting Entries Now through 30 May 2018
for the 15th 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 2018.

The Prizes:
First Prize: £110 ($150) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018
Second Prize: £55 ($75) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018
Third Prize:  £25 ($35)  and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2018

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 2018.

(Stories received after 30 May 2018 will automatically be entered in the 2019 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
  • 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 2018, whether or not they have won.

The Theme:

“Coming of Age” is the theme for the 15th annual Momaya Short Story Competition.  While entries for the Momaya Competition may be on any topic and are judged on their own merit, the judges will select additional stories for publication based on their treatment of the “Coming of Age” theme.

Some of the world’s greatest literature has considered the theme of coming of age – “Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger, “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens, “Prep” by Curtis Sittenfeld, “Less Than Zero” by Bret Easton Ellis, “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt, “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, to name just a few.  Coming of Age can come at any age – childhood (perhaps from a negative event or series of events), the more usual teenage coming of age, or even well into adulthood if a protagonist has been adept at avoiding uncomfortable realities (or perhaps shielded from them). Coming of Age can be a positive, empowering, enlightening experience in which the protagonists discovers their true self.  But it can also present a loss of faith in the people who were protectors, caretakers, educators, or in other positions of trust and authority.  When faith is lost, what arises in its stead?

“There’s a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

We look forward to reading your own, unique take on this theme. We hope for equal parts enlightenment to tragedy, and we’ll be rooting for the protagonist to rise to the occasion. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on 30 May 2018.


Step One: Fill out and Submit the form below. If for any reason you have difficulty with submitting your story using our form, you may also send us the story and information in an email.
Step Two: Complete payment. The submission fee per story is £11 (about US$15).
This will complete the submission process for your story to the Momaya Short Story Competition.


Comments or questions are welcome.

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Every short story must be accompanied by an entry fee of £11 (about US$15) via Paypal. Payment by cheque in British Pounds may be sent via mail to our European mailing address, listed on the “About Momaya” page.