Monday 11 March 2019


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 2019.

The Prizes:
First Prize: £110 ($150) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2019
Second Prize: £55 ($75) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2019
Third Prize: £25 ($35) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2019

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 2019.

(Stories received after 30 April 2019 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
Copyright of published stories remains with the author. 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. Any story submitted may be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2019, whether or not they have won.

The Theme:

“Trading Places” is the theme for the Momaya Short Story Competition 2019. While entries for the Momaya Competition may be on any topic and are judged on their own merit, the judges will select additional stories for publication based on their treatment of the “Coming of Age” theme.

You could tackle this theme literally (think the switch at birth in “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain, or the heroic act of Sydney Carton taking the place of Charles Darnay on the guillotine in “The Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens). Alternatively, you could show what happens when someone gets to live the life they should want (think Tom Ripley ingratiating himself with Dickie Greenleaf in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith or Eddie Murphy getting to live the high life in the film “Trading Places”).

Does trading places make your protagonist feel fulfilled? Does it come at an emotional or moral cost – or benefit? How does it affect the other people in their lives?

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

We look forward to hearing your own unique take on this theme. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on 30 April 2019.

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 £11 (about US$15).
This will complete the submission process for your story to the Momaya Short Story Competition.


Comments or questions are welcome.
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