About Us

The common experience of writing is a solitary affair.   Whether they are actually alone in their home or sitting in a public space, writers throw their words into the void of their computer screens, notebooks and journals.  Most writers rarely experience the pleasure of seeing their words in print, and more rarely still, hear from their readers.

In 2004, we founded Momaya Press to redress this balance, and in 2019 we joined with Earth Lodge as an imprint to better serve the writing community. We sponsor annual short story and poetry competitions to encourage and recognise talented individuals.  We bring writers, judges and readers together through our Facebook group and our awards ceremonies.

Momaya Press is building a community of readers and writers around the world, to inspire people to express themselves and to support each other. Most of our waking hours are spent doing things that are functional. It’s a celebration of life to take time out to write a piece of fiction that exists for no purpose other than as an expression. Our own unique, individual, never-to-be-replicated contribution to the world in which we live. A piece of writing can change how we perceive the world. By changing how we think, we then change how we live. Through our individual contributions, we can collectively shape the world we all experience every day – for the better!

Who is Momaya?

Monisha Saldanha earned her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2001 and has been working in the publishing and internet industry ever since. She encourages people to produce rather than consume in our free time to unlock the creative potential we all have inside.

Maya Cointreau received a degree in Russian Literature from Smith College in 1996 and has twenty-five years of experience in publishing and graphic arts. She has published over thirty books and currently operates a small independent press in Vermont. Her children’s book “The Girl Who Could Dance in Outer Space” is part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s juvenile reading program, reaching more than 60,000 classrooms internationally. Find out more about her writing at mayacointreau.com.

Momaya strives to maintain the highest industry standards, starting with our stellar panel of judges. Read more about them on our competitions page.

Want to get in touch?

European office

Attn: Monisha Saldanha
Momaya Press
Kolumbusring 9
53175 Bonn

North America Office

Attn: Maya Cointreau
Momaya Press c/o Earth Lodge
125 Creek Road
Wallingford, VT 05773

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