Momaya Writing Competitions

Momaya Press has a fifteen-year history of publishing some of the best writers from around the globe.

We started small. We started short. After all, short stories have long been known as one of the premiere forums for emerging writers. As any of our judge’s could tell you, a short story tests a scribe’s mettle. Hooking the reader, exposing characters, creating climax and drama — these are not easy tasks in any genre. Limit the playing field to 3000 words or less, and it becomes even harder.

That’s why we take Momaya so seriously. We know how hard you’ve worked on your stories and we’re honored every time you share them with us.

So in 2018 we’ve decided to go even bigger — by going smaller! We’re excited to introduce a new Momaya proving ground for writers, The Momaya Poetry Competition.

Two competitions. Two arenas to shine. Do you have what it takes to become a Momaya author?

Submit your story or poem today and find out.

In addition to our founding directors, Maya Cointreau and Monisha Saldanha, Momaya is blessed with a stellar panel of judges:

 Momaya Press Judge Meredith DePaolo
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
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
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 Sheppard
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.

Alyssa Warren
Alyssa Warren is the author of the novel Not the Only Sky. After growing up South Dakota, she studied English in Santa Barbara, California, and Sydney, Australia. She taught creative writing and modern British literature at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, and served as contributing editor to Surface magazine, covering art, design and fashion. A printmaker and photographer, she lives in East London with her husband and three sons.

 

In the video below, Cally Taylor shares her experience of being published by Momaya Press.