Enter a Momaya Writing Competition
Momaya Press has a sixteen-year history of publishing the most talented writers from around the globe.
We started small. We started short. After all, short stories have long been known as one of the premiere forums for emerging writers. As any of our judges could tell you, a short story tests a scribe’s mettle. Hooking the reader, exposing characters, creating climax and drama — these are not easy tasks in any genre. Limit the playing field to 3000 words or less for a story or 1500 words for a poem, and it becomes even harder.
That’s why we take Momaya so seriously. We know how hard you’ve worked on your stories and we’re honored every time you share them with us.
Two competitions. Two arenas to shine. Do you have what it takes to become a Momaya writer?
In addition to our founding directors, Maya Cointreau and Monisha Saldanha, Momaya is blessed with an amazing panel of industry professionals as judges:
Meredith DePaolo is an American screenwriter living in Kuala Lumpur. She’s worked as a television writer and producer for networks including CBS, HBO, Oxygen and Bloomberg Television reporting from New York, London and Dubai. A graduate of Yale University, Meredith was a winner of the 2016 Meryl Streep Writers Lab award.
Mikaela Pedlow is Assistant Editor at Harvill Secker, an imprint of the VINTAGE division at Penguin Random House UK. She studied English Literature, French and Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She loves to read stories from all over the world and works with many international authors, including Ismail Kadare, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Per Petterson and Enrique Vila-Matas. Mikaela is the coordinator of the annual Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize. She lives in London.
Gillian Pink is a Research Editor at the Voltaire Foundation (University of Oxford), where she works as part of a team to publish the first ever critical edition of Voltaire’s complete works. She has recently completed a doctorate on Voltaire’s marginalia, set to be published by CNRS Éditions (Paris). She has studied and taught literature from a wide range of styles and periods, in the UK, France and Canada.
Alice Shepherd works as an investment writer. Before this, she was an assistant editor at Penguin, where she worked on a wide range of commercial fiction. Having started her publishing career at Abner Stein literary agency, she then went on to work at Headline Publishing Group.
Alyssa Warren is the author of the novel Not the Only Sky. After growing up South Dakota, she studied English in Santa Barbara, California, and Sydney, Australia. She taught creative writing and modern British literature at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, and served as contributing editor to Surface magazine, covering art, design and fashion. A printmaker and photographer, she lives in East London with her husband and three sons.