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Enter the Momaya Short Story Competition

Accepting Entries Now through 30 April 2020 for the 16th 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 2020.

The Prizes:
First Prize: $150 (£110) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2020
Second Prize: $75 (£55) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2020
Third Prize:  $35 (£25) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2020

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 2020.

(Stories received after 30 April 2020 will automatically be entered in the 2020 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
  • All rights, including copyright, of published stories remain with the author. Momaya Press reserves the non-exclusive right to publish any submission in the Momaya Short Story Review, whether or not the submission has won.
  • 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.

The Theme:

“Outsiders” is the theme for the Momaya Short Story Competition 2020. You could consider handling this theme in a number of different ways: social, political, economic.  One of our favorite young adult novels, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, is one of many novels that has tackled the social “haves” and “have nots”.  Other classic novels include: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey, “The Stranger” by Albert Camus,  and “Go Ask Alice” by Beatrice Sparks. Favorite films on this topic include “Heathers”, “Breakfast Club” and “Less Than Zero”.  Political outsiders include the United Kingdom after Brexit and possibly Mexico if Trump is able to get his wall built. Economic outsiders can be immigrants from other countries or social classes within a country.  And these are just three ways of considering the theme.

“They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.” ― S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

We look forward to hearing your own unique take on this theme. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on 30 April 2020.


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 US$14 (about £11). This will complete the submission process for your story to the Momaya Short Story Competition.


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Every short story must be accompanied by an entry fee of US$14 (about £11) via Paypal.