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OVER 1000 SHORT STORY WRITERS
VIE FOR THE MOGFORD PRIZE 2017!

In 2017, in its fifth year, The Mogford £10,000 Prize for Food and Drink Short Story Writing has been gaining momentum every year. We had 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. The 2017 competition judges include acclaimed writer Philip Pullman and celebrated food writer and presenter, Mary Berry.

The short list of the four potential winners of the 2017 prize can be found below, plus the long list of sixteen announced earlier that year. The winning entry and prize of £10,000 was awarded, on the evening of 29th March at an annual party at Quod on the High Street in Oxford City Centre, to Nicky Winder, from the UK, with her wonderful story ‘Bait’ (which can be read here along with previous years winners).

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.

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

The four short listed authors for the 2017 Mogford Literary Prize for Food and Drink Writing were 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.

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’

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