Show Menu
  • Master-single_rev

The Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing

This yesr’s short list has been announced… Click here for the 2018 prize results…

Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. Your short story could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink.

Along with Jeremy Mogford and his wife, Hilary, we’re very pleased to announce our two other judges for the 2018 Mogford Prize. They are well-known Anglo-American author, Bill Bryson, and  famous English television cook, Lorraine Pascale

Click here for the 2018 prize results as they're announced >

Competition Rules

Entries for this year’s short story prize have now closed…

* Your short story should have a maximum of 2,500 words. There is no minimum and the title is not included in the word count.
* Entries for the 2018 Mogford Prize were accepted from 26th October 2017.
* The Closing Date was Friday 5th January 2018 (12 noon, GMT).
* The 2018 Mogford Prize Party, when the winner will be announced, will be held on Wednesday 21st March 2018.



Nicky Winder was the fifth winner of the annual Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing. Her story ‘Bait’ was selected from more than 1,000 entries from across the globe, including stories from China, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Macedonia, Croatia, Poland, South Africa, Argentina and Surinam. Jeremy Mogford, sponsor of the prize, presented Nicky with a cheque for £10,000 and an engraved award at the Mogford Prize party held at Quod Restaurant & Bar in Oxford.

Nicky has been an English teacher for over twenty-five years, and has also worked as a psychotherapist since 2013. She published a book of humorous letters, called The Xmas Files (2007), on behalf of a (decidedly unflattering) version of Father Christmas, and has also written and contributed to several student textbooks. She has just begun a PhD in poetry-writing at Essex University…




Nicky’s story is about a determined Madame de Roubigné, who makes plans to murder her twelve-year-old daughter by creating deliciously tempting treats to fill a picnic basket that her child then carries into the forest to meet her fate. It is a beautifully written fable with a twist in the tail.

The judges for the 2017 prize were Jeremy and Hilary Mogford, the celebrated author Philip Pullman, and the acclaimed cookery writer and television presenter Mary Berry. Besides Nicky Winder, the short list featured three other writers from the UK: Ian Shine, Claire Bullen, and Johnny Reed.

Nicky Winder’s winning story can be read online or enjoyed in an audio format produced by The Story Player read by the British voice-over artist Claire Ottewell.