And so the Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing was born, and we have just finished our seventh competition.
Every year we invite two judges to join Jeremy in choosing the winner of the £10,000 award: One will be a writer and the other a journalist involved in the food and drink industry. Past judges have included Lawrence Norfolk and Rick Stein in 2016; Philip Pullman and Mary Berry in 2017; Bill Bryson and Lorraine Pascale in 2018; Julian Barnes and Tim Hayward in 2019; and Stephen Fry and Prue Leith in 2020.
We are overjoyed to announce that our two judges in the 2020 competition were none other than Stephen Fry & Prue Leith!
Stephen Fry is an English actor, comedian and writer. And Prue Leith is a well-known television presenter, journalist, cookery writer and novelist.
The short story should have a maximum of 2,500 words. There is no minimum.
Entries must be submitted in English.
Entries must never have been published, self-published, broadcast or published on any website, blog or online forum.
Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. Your 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.
* Your 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 Mogford Prize 2021 will be accepted from 4th November 2020 (12 noon, GMT).
* The closing date is 6th January 2020 (12 noon, GMT).
* The Long List of 25 was announced on this website in March 2021.
* The winner was announced in April 2021.
Awards:- The winner will receive £10,000.
The three runner-up entrants will receive £250 each.
Entry fees:- £15 for each submitted short story.