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Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing Competition

Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing Competition

Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing CompetitionEntries are now being sought for the 2014 Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing, the annual short story competition run by the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in association with Oxford Gastronomica, part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University. Food and drink has to 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 or drink. It could be crime or intrigue; in fact, any subject as long as it involves food and/or drink in some way.

Last year, the thought-provoking story of a chef who comes to understand the power of food after unwillingly preparing a simple dish won the inaugural £7500 Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing.

Emma Seaman, 41, of East Devon, was handed the award for her short story, A Dish of Chocolate Ice Cream. It is the story of a chef who wants to present an elaborate dish to a woman but comes to understand the power of food on preparing something simple. More than 400 entries were received from 15 countries for the 2013 award.


Food and drink


Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and Oxford Gastronomica


The winner will receive £7500.


1 October, 2013


  • Applicants are invited from anywhere in the world.
  • They can be published or unpublished authors, but the entry itself must be previously unpublished.
  • The story should be up to 2500 words and must be written in English.
  • Your short story should have a food and drink theme at its heart.
  • Entries should be submitted by email as a Word document to the by October 1, 2013.
  • The winning entry will be announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in March 2014. Entrants should also supply their home address, email and telephone number, their age and profession.
  • All entries submitted remain the property of the entrant. However, the Oxford Literary Festival, Mogford Group and their subsidiaries/associates retain the right to publish the winning and highly commended entries without fee – including the right to print an excerpt for use on festival promotional materials, for example website/brochure and in any festival media or broadcasting coverage, without fee; and the right for entries to be read in public during the festival without fee.


For more details contact Tony Byrne: 07801 287510 or email


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