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Bruce Harris publishes “Odds Against” to support Huntington’s Disease Association

Bruce Harris, whose story “Devil’s Evening” placed 2nd in the Momaya Short Story Competition 2014, has published “Odds Against”, a collection of his 15 award-winning stories. All the takings from the book will be donated to the Huntington’s Disease Association. His partner of 30 years was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in October 2016. The book is available at Early Works Press. Please join Momaya Press in offering our support to Bruce and his partner.

Ellis Logan Publishes New Fantasy Series

Ellis Logan, who took second place in our 2018 short story competition with her story “Howl”, has published Post Magic, the first book in a new series published by Earth Lodge. Says Logan, if you liked Firefly, Dark Angel, Lost Girl, Dark Matter or the Dresden Files, you’ll love this new series, a wild paranormal space fantasy with steampunk elements. Previous series include Inner Origins, Starseeds and Full Disclosure.

Taylor Antrim Publishes his Second Book with Regan Arts

Taylor Antrim has published his second book, Immunity, with Regan Arts. The new dystopian thriller is available on Amazon, as his his first book The Headmaster Ritual , published by Mariner in 2007. His short story Announcement appeared in the 2004 edition of the Momaya Review. 

Anthony Howcroft Publishes Short Story Collection

Anthony Howcroft has had short story collection published, entitled Nobody Will Ever Love You.
Momaya Press previously published the story Sibling Games (which is included in the collection) as part of the 2010 ‘Family’ edition of Momaya, and he recalls having a great time at the award event, watching the actors read out excerpts of the stories. Anthony’s new collection was published by InkTears and  is on Amazon as both a hardback and kindle edition.

Bea Davenport blogs about writing, journalism and related topics

Bea Davenport (Honourable Mention in the Momaya Short Story Competition 2013) blogged about the Momaya Press 10th Anniversary Celebration. Read Bea’s blog and her recent piece of the Open College of the Arts.

Polly Courtney publishes  her sixth novel

Momaya judge Polly Courtney will be releasing her sixth novel, Feral Youth, on 26 June 2013. Told from the perspective of Alesha, a 15-year-old ‘bad girl’ in South London, Feral Youth is a deeply moving and colourful page-turner that sensitively takes us into the oft-misunderstood world of urban youth, shedding light on the frustrations that led to the 2011 summer riots – with a generous helping of humour.

Mark Fink has Published Two Novels

Mark Fink has written two young adult novels: Stepping Up (2009) and The Summer I Got a Life (2010), both published by Westside Books. Stepping Up was named best book by the Nevada Young Readers competition in its age division.  He is now working on a play, a dark comedy.

Mark’s short story “Do I Hear Seven Hundred and Fifty?” was published as “Honourable Mention” in the Momaya Annual Review 2006.  More information on Mark and his books can be found at

Cally Taylor Publishes Second Novel

Cally Taylor’s second novel Home for Christmas, a romantic comedy set in Brighton about cinemas, split seams and psycho exes, was published by Orion paperback in November 2011. It made The Bookseller’s ‘Heatseeker’ chart and was voted one of the Top Ten Reads of 2011 by

Cally’s short story “C is for Cuckoo” was published as “Honourable Mention” in the Momaya Annual Review 2007.  Watch Cally talk about her experiences as a writer.

Chris Wiliams turns his attention to the novel

Chris Williams wrote in to say:

Since having my story published by Momaya Press, I have carried on writing, but have switched my attention from short stories to the novel. I am currently halfway through a novel about an abusive relationship between two women, told from the point of view of both protagonists.

Chris’ short story “Bed of Roses” was published as “Honourable Mention” in the Momaya Annual Review 2009.

Karen Corbett’s plays produced in Germany and Australia in 2012

Karen Corbett’s play ‘Looking Up’ was commissioned and produced in Melbourne in April 2012. In Germany this Autumn, she is performing her PhD play ‘Orphanage of the Animals’ as a one woman show plus two other plays she has written. In total four of her plays will be produced and published in both English and German by Theater in Der Westentasche and sponsored by the Stuttgart Ministry for Research, Science and the Arts. In October 2012 she will be performing “Orphanage of the Animals” at La Mama in Melbourne.  Karens’s short story ‘Holy Night’ was published under the theme of Family in the Momaya Annual Review 2010.

Sophie Duffy publishes her second novel This Holey Life

Sophie Duffy won the Luke Bitmead Bursary award for her novel The Generation Game  published in August 2011.  Her second novel This Holey Life was published in August 2012.  Legend Press published both books.

Sophie’s story Feeding Time placed second in the Momaya Short Story Competition 2008.

 Vanessa Gebbie publishes her novel The Coward’s Tale 

Bloomsbury published The Coward’s Tale by Vanessa Gebbie in the UK November 2011 and in the USA March 2012. It became a Financial Times book of the year, and a Guardian readers’ book of the year. She has been awarded a Hawthornden fellowship in 2012.

Vanessa placed 3rd in the inaugural 2004 Momaya Short Story Competition.  She said of the 2004 Momaya Press Awards Ceremony: “Momaya Press comes in, for this writer, at least, like a blast of air through an open window. Listening to the stories chosen for the award ceremony was an emotional experience. Not only because many of the stories were emotional journeys, but also because they were bravely written, and bravely chosen in a world which panders to the shallower stuff.”

Diane Ward awarded a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medal 2012

Diane Ward, who placed 2nd in the 2011 Momaya Short Story Competition, was one of fifteen high school seniors to win the 2012 Portfolio Gold Medal and a $10,000 college scholarship.  She was up against 200,000 submissions and won one gold for a short story and a second gold for her overall portfolio.

Actress Meryl Streep gave a special address at the Carnegie Hall Awards Ceremony, saying “The real job of an artist is not to lose hope,” she said. “Not to lose that understanding that you have to keep inside you that what you have to say is unique. Nobody else knows it, and you owe it to the world.”  Read more

Christian Cook wins the 2012 Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 

Congrats to Christian Cook, Honourable Mention in the 2011 Momaya Short Story Competition, for winning the 2012 Ruth Rendell Short Story competition and being appointed appointed writer in residence to the charity, Interact Reading Service.
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Jasper Joffee founds Joffe Books

After the successful publication of his own novel, Water, Joffee has gone on to run Joffe Books, a London publisher of crime fiction, thrillers, and mysteries. They sell over two million books per year.

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