The Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing
An introduction from Jeremy Mogford:
I am lucky enough to have enjoyed a lifetime in the hospitality industry with my involvement with Browns Restaurants, Rules in London and my current Oxford collection of the Old Bank Hotel and Quod, the Old Parsonage and Gee’s.
The city of Oxford has been an historical centre for literary excellence, so it seemed the perfect idea to create and sponsor an annual short story prize which specifically included the subjects of food and/or drink within the plot.
The first prize of £7,500 was awarded in 2013 and the prize has steadily grown in popularity, attracting over 450 entries in 2015 and over 600 in 2016, with this year’s prize being increased to £10,000 we received a staggering 1,020 entries.
(Continues below)Read this year's winning story, 'Bait' by Nicky Winder >
Food and/or drink must be at the heart of stories entered for the Mogford Prize. 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 this year’s 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. Those on the long list were Amy Myers (UK), Kirstin Zhang (UK), Chin Siew Ten (Malaysia), Ash S. Walker (Australia), Susan Cameron (UK), Nick Hanna (UK), Nigel de Bussy (Australia), Kate Elizabeth Downes (South Africa), Sarmed Mirza (UK), D.W. Wilson (Canada), Patrick Roycroft (UK), and Tracy Fells (UK).