The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its seventh annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$11,500) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.
The judges for the 2019 contest are Julian Barnes, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and Tim Hayward, winner of the Restaurant Writing Award at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018.
According to the organisers:
Food and Drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. The short story 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.
Both published and unpublished writers are invited to enter but all stories must be previously unpublished.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 2018 the contest attracted 820 entries from around the world. The overall winner was Jane Cammack for her story ‘The Glass Kitchen’ (download the story here (PDF) or listen to an audio version below).
Entries close at 12 noon (GMT) on Monday 7 January 2019. The winner will be announced at the Mogford Prize Party on 3 April. For further information and to enter visit the Mogford Short Story Prize website.
Listen to ‘The Glass Kitchen’, winner of the 2018 Mogford Food and Drink Short Story Prize
Written by Jane Cammack
Read by Jonny McPherson