Congratulations Winners of the 2020 Momaya Short Story Competition!

Every year we receive a multitude of stories from around the globe. Only the best make it into the review: the top stories are chosen, then ten semi-finalists, and finally three winners. This year’s entrants wrote on the theme of “Outsiders”, exploring societal constructs and our emotional need to connect.

1st Place
D.R.D. Bruton, A Lesson in Love and Hate

2nd Place
Kat Y. Tang, Leftovers

3rd Place
Antony Dunford, Engrained

Honorable Mentions
Angela DiLella, The Rage
Russell George, The Great Sea of Summer
Kevin David Joinville, The Outsider
Alan McClure, The Initiate
Catherine Ogston, A Fresh Start
Christine Powell, The Happiness Equation
MacKenzie Tastan, Bog Biddy

Also to be published
Connie Ramsay Bott, Ripples
D.R.D. Bruton, A Button Torn from My Yellow Dress
Niall Buchanan, The Ancestors
Michael G. Casey, It Just Wouldn’t Do
Mona Dash, Watching the Aurora
Madeleine Dunnigan, Appetite
Mary Fox, The Leaf Beetle
Jacquie Franks, Bridges
Juliet Hill, Parka Billy
Taria Karillion, Not Like Me But Just the Same
Jan Keegan, My Friend Ros
Colin Kerr, When I Was a Boy
Yasmine Lever, Breathing Backwards
Katie Lewis, Through a Keyhole
Alison Lock, Volte-Face
Melissa Morrison, What You Know
Margaret Morey, An Ordinary Life
Lucy Palmer, Rewilding
Ian Plenderleith, The Little House of Death
Sam Szanto, Ferhana
Joan Taylor-Rowan, Born of Angels
Joan Taylor-Rowan, Go, Amigo, Go!
Sarah Thomas, Charlene and the Fountain of Youth
Rima Totah, When a Caged-Bird Flies
Maggie Veness, Everything That Means Anything
Natalie White, Left Hanging

TOUCH is the theme for the 2020 Momaya Poetry Competition.

One of the five senses, touch brings us closer to the physical world, allows us to feel textures and connect. The cold, wet, softness of watermelon pickle on a hot day; the hard flexibility of a chainlink fence keeping us on the wrong side. Touch can bring us closer together or keep us apart. Use touch to show a scene, instead of telling, or to pull us deeper into a feeling and evoke emotion.

Selected entries will win cash prizes and be published in the Momaya Poetry Review 2020 in November. Even if you have never tried to write a poem before, we hope that you will try now!

Submit your poem 


Check Out Last Year’s Collection


Harmony is the theme for the next Momaya Short Story Competition.

In a world that seems to have gone a bit crazy, we wanted to give our writers the opportunity to explore our efforts to live in harmony within ourselves, between ourselves, and with the natural world around us. Often fiction thrives on conflict, the exploration of the tension in the gap between what a protagonist wants and what they actually have.  What happens if the protagonist is able to resolve this conflict – either by achieving their goals or accepting their current reality? Can we envision a world without man-made conflict? Can we envision a world in which difference is accepted as a fact without it resulting in conflict?  Can we envision a future in which we live in a sustainable manner?  Can we write compelling fiction that isn’t about exploring a character’s pain?

We think this is a big challenge since most of the compelling books we have read about harmony tend to be non-fiction. For example, “The New Earth” and “The Power of Now” by Ekhardt Tolle, or “A Path With Heart” by Jack Kornfield. “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson stands out as a fiction example of harmony.  We look forward to reading your own personal treatment of this theme.

We look forward to reading your own unique take on this theme. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on 30 April 2021.