Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing 2015 – Closing date for entries has now passed

The closing date for entries for the 2015 Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing has now passed, the annual short story competition run by the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in association with Oxford Gastronomica, part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.

Food and drink had to be at the heart of the tale. The story could, for instance, be fiction or fact about a chance meeting over a drink, a life-changing conversation over dinner, or a relationship explored through food or drink. It could be crime or intrigue; in fact, any subject as long as it involves food and/or drink in some way.

Applicants were invited from anywhere in the world. They could be published or unpublished authors, but the entry itself had to be previously unpublished. The story was to be up to 2500 words and be written in English.

The winning entry will be announced at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in March 2015 and the winner will be presented with £7500.

The 2014 winner was Guy Carter, a London-based caricaturist, for his entry, Carnivores. He received a cheque for £7,500 from Jeremy Mogford, owner of The Old Parsonage, The Old Bank, Quod and Gee’s, at a celebration dinner at Gee’s restaurant in Oxford. There were almost 400 entries submitted from all over the world but judges preferred Carnivores, the tale of an exclusive restaurant franchise serving exotic meats that had an unsavoury twist at the end.

Entries for the 2016 Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing will open towards the end of 2015, more details will follow.

All entries submitted remain the property of the entrant. However, the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, Mogford Group and their subsidiaries/associates retain the right to publish the winning and highly commended entries without fee – including the right to print an excerpt for use on festival promotional materials, for example website/brochure and in any festival media or broadcasting coverage, without fee; and the right for entries to be read in public during the festival without fee.