The Annual Mogford Short Story Prize
Jane Cammack is the sixth winner of the annual Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing. Her story ‘The Glass Kitchen’ has been selected from over 800 entries from across the globe. Jeremy Mogford, sponsor of the prize, presented Jane with a cheque for £10,000 and an engraved award at the Mogford Prize party held at Quod Restaurant & Bar in Oxford.
Jane was overjoyed and immediately said, ‘My mother is my reader and she is going to be thrilled when she learns I have won.’ After thanking everyone, she went on to say, ‘Writers are often plagued with self-doubt, and prizes like this give recognition and encouragement. They give the necessary inspiration to keep writing, to keep putting words out there for the readers.’
Read all the winning stories, including 'The Glass Kitchen' >
Jane is no stranger to writing. One of her short stories was awarded the international Rubery Award and an historical fiction novel was in the last five of over 5,000 entries for the Daily Mail First Novel competition.
Trained as an opera singer at The Royal College of Music in London, she went on to sing at the ENO, Glyndebourne and La Scala before concentrating on family life and raising children. Looking for a change of career, Cammack completed a two-year diploma course in creative writing at Oxford University and is currently writing a psychological thriller.
The judges for the 2018 prize were Jeremy and Hilary Mogford, award-winning writer Bill Bryson and cookery writer Lorraine Pascale. Besides Jane Cammack, the short list featured three other writers: Irem Alici, Michael Lonty, and Paula McQueen.