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£10,000 Food and Drink Short Story Prize: Entries close 15 January


The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its fifth annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$12,750) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.

The judges for the 2017 contest are legendary English novelist Philip Pullman and celebrated food writer and television presenter Mary Berry.

According to the organisers:

Food and Drink must be at the heart of the tale. The story could, for instance, be fiction or fact about a chance meeting over a drink, a life-changing conversation over dinner, or a relationship explored through food and drink. It could be crime or intrigue; in fact any subject as long as it involves food and/or drink in some way.

Both published and unpublished writers are invited to enter but all stories must be previously unpublished. All entries must be accompanied by a £10 entry fee and a 2500 word limit applies.

In 2016 the contest attracted over 600 entries. The overall winner was Martin Pevsner for his story ‘Çay’ (download the story here (PDF) or listen to an audio version).

Entries close on 15 January 2017. The winner will be announced during the Oxford Literary Festival in March. For further information and to enter visit the Mogford Short Story Prize website.


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