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OVER 1000 SHORT STORY WRITERS
VIE FOR THE MOGFORD PRIZE!

Now in its fifth year, The Mogford £10,000 Prize for Food and Drink Short Story Writing is gaining momentum every year. We have entries coming in from all over the world – UK, USA, Canada and Australia, but also from China, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Macedonia, Croatia, Poland, South Africa, Argentina and Surinam – over 1000 entries were received as the submissions deadline closed on 15th January ’17.

As a key award in food and literary arenas, the annual short story competition was open to any writer novice or established. The criteria was a maximum length of 2,500 word and a story that contains reference to food or drink, or both. This year’s judges include acclaimed writer Philip Pullman and celebrated food writer and presenter, Mary Berry.

A short list of four potential winners of the 2017 prize can be found below, plus the long list of sixteen announced earlier in the year. The winning entry and prize of £10,000 will be awarded on the evening of 29th March at an annual party at Quod on the High Street in Oxford City Centre.

The prize was established in 2013 by Jeremy Mogford, Oxfordshire hotelier and restauranteur, to source and support talent for exemplary and original food and drink writing. In 2017 the current winning entry as well as the previous four winning short stories will be published.

SHORT LIST FOR THE 2017 MOGFORD LITERARY PRIZE
FOR FOOD & DRINK WRITING

We are happy to announce that the four short listed authors for the 2017 Mogford Literary Prize for Food and Drink Writing are as follows:

‘The Gift’ by Claire Bullen
A lifetime of searching for the perfect peach takes one woman’s taste buds through a myriad of sensational experiences.

‘Bait’ by Nicky Winder
Determined to murder her twelve-year-old daughter, Madame de Roubigné makes meticulous plans.

‘Supper for One’ by Ian Shine
A satirical take on how lack of exercise and a diet of sugar and carbohydrates creates a 21st-century man.

‘Dine with the Devil’ by Johnny Reed
James Booth sullenly boards a plane to China on a quest to discover why his brother slipped into a coma shortly after eating a meal with the man who was to buy his company. In the adjacent seat, a Chinese woman, who has been studying for her PhD in Oxford, offers the services of her uncle to taxi him around Shanghai.

The winning story will be announced at the annual Mogford Prize party on Wednesday 29 March, 2017. All the stories will be available to read on our website after that date.

LONG LIST FOR THE 2017 MOGFORD LITERARY PRIZE
FOR FOOD & DRINK WRITING

In no particular order:

Amy Myers (UK), ‘My Sweet Emily’;
Ian Shine (UK), ‘Supper for One’;
Kirstin Zhang (UK), ‘Condolence Cakes’;
Chin Siew Teng (Malaysia), ‘Orion’
Ash S. Walker (Australia), ‘The Piano Room’;
Susan Cameron (UK), ‘It All Began With an Apple’
Nick Hanna (UK), ‘Prime Cuts’;
Claire Bullen (UK), ‘The Gift’;
Nicky Winder (UK), ‘Bait’;
Nigel de Bussy (Australia), ‘Bangkok Sky’;
Kate Elizabeth Downes (South Africa), ‘The Bartender’;
Sarmed Mirza (UK), ‘Mission Pulao’;
D.W. Wilson (Canada), ‘Tenderloin is the Night’;
Johnny Reed (UK), ‘Dine with the Devil’;
Patrick Roycroft (UK), ‘Lost and Found on the Menu’;
Tracy Fells (UK), ’The Gingerbread Fox’