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Enter the Momaya Short Story Competition

Accepting Entries Now through 30 April 2021 for the 17th 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 2021.

The Prizes:
First Prize: $150 (£110) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2021
Second Prize: $75 (£55) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2021
Third Prize:  $35 (£25) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2021

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 2021.

(Stories received after April 2021 will automatically be entered in the 2022 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 Stories cannot be altered, changed, or withdrawn after they have been entered.

The Theme:

Harmony is the theme for the Momaya Short Story Competition 2021.  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 hearing your own unique take on this theme. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on 30 April 2021.


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.