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The Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing...

An introduction from Jeremy Mogford:

I am lucky enough to have enjoyed a lifetime in the hospitality industry with my involvement with Browns Restaurants, Rules in London and my current Oxford collection of the Old Bank and Old Parsonage Hotels, Quod Restaurant, Parsonage Grill and Gee’s Restaurant.

Wishing to give something back to the hospitality industry which has been very good to me and combining it with my longstanding link to literary Oxford, in 2013 I decided to sponsor a brand new short story prize which had to specifically relate to the subject of food, drink or both…


Literary Competition...

And so the Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing was born, and next year we’ll be celebrating our tenth competition.

Every year we invite two judges to join Jeremy in choosing the winner of the £10,000 award. 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; Stephen Fry and Prue Leith in 2020; and Lemn Sissay OBE and Mick Herron in 2021.

Scroll down further for details of this year’s judges…

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2021 Competition...

Entries for the 2021 Mogford Prize opened on Wednesday 4th November ’20 and closed 10 weeks later on Wednesday 13th January ’21.

The two guest judges in this year’s competition are British mystery and thriller novelist, Mick Herron, and English author and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay OBE