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2017 Mogford Short Story Terms And Conditions

GENERAL:
Food and/or drink must be at the heart of the tale. The short story (no poems) 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. We are looking for a short story that our hotel guests would enjoy reading while staying in one of our hotels.
* The 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 2017 Mogford Prize will be accepted from midday 7th November 2016.
* The Closing Date is 15th January 2017 (midnight GMT).
* The Long List of 16 will be announced on this website by 1st March 2017.
* The 2017 Mogford Prize Party will be held on Wednesday, 29th March 2017.

We recommend you read our past winning stories before entering.

ELIGIBILITY:
* The prize is open to any nationality provided the entrant is over the age of 18 years at the time of the closing date.
* Entries must be submitted in English.
* Entries must be the sole work of the entrant.
* Entries must never have been published, self-published, broadcast or published on any website, blog or online forum.

FEES:
* £10 for each submitted short story.
* Payment is via an online submission form.

ENTRY FORMAT:
* Entries must be in English, saved in Microsoft Word format, and submitted via our online form on this website.
* Short stories need to double-spaced and the word-count noted at top of the first page.
* The short story must have no name or address; personal details should only be entered on the form.
* We do not accept amendments or revised versions so please consider carefully before submitting your story.

RESULTS:
* The results of the 2017 Mogford Prize will be announced at the Mogford Prize Party on Wednesday 29th March 2017 and on this website the day afterwards.
* Due to the volume of entries, we cannot contact entrants who are not long- or short- listed. If you do not hear from us by 1 March 2017, it means that your entry has not been selected for this year’s competition.
* The Long List of 16 will be contacted by 1 March 2017.
* The Short List of 4 will be contacted by 10 March 2017.
* The winning entry will not be announced until the Mogford Party on Wednesday, 29th March 2017.
* The 4 short-listed entrants will be invited as Jeremy Mogford’s guests to the Mogford Party on Wednesday 29th March 2017 and hosted for the night in one of the Mogford hotels in Oxford. In addition, the short-listed candidates will attend a select dinner. All travel expenses will be met by Jeremy Mogford, including, where necessary, economy flights.

COPYRIGHT:
* Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Mogford Prize will have unrestricted right to publish the winner and short-listed stories in any format, including on the Mogford websites and as a booklet to be placed in each of the Mogford hotel rooms.

JUDGING:
* There will be three judges for the 2017 Mogford Prize, including famous English author Philip Pullman and British food writer and television presenter Mary Berry.
* The judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
* The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
* The Mogford Prize reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.

PRIZE:
* The winning entry will receive £10,000.
* The winning entry will be read by an actor and uploaded on the StoryPlayer website

The Mogford Prize reserves the right to amend these rules if deemed necessary. Any changes will be posted on this website.

SUBMISSION OF ENTRY IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THESE RULES