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The 2018 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Short Story Writing was awarded to Jane Cammack of Witney in Oxfordshire. Her 2,500 word story, ‘The Glass Kitchen’, was selected from over 800 entries from writers all over the world. This year’s short-list was judged by Prize founders Jeremy and Hilary Mogford, award-winning writer Bill Bryson and cookery writer Lorraine Pascale. At a gala reception, hosted at Quod Restaurant and Bar in Oxford, Mogford and Bryson presented the Awards.

Jane was overjoyed and immediately said, ‘My mother is my reader and she is going to be thrilled when she learns I have won.’ After thanking everyone, she went on to say, ‘Writers are often plagued with self-doubt, and prizes like this give recognition and encouragement. They give the necessary inspiration to keep writing, to keep putting words out there for the readers.

Runners-up, who received cheques of £250, included Turkish writer Irem Alici from Bristol for ‘Dried Apricots and Cream’; German-born Michael Lonty of Chester for ‘Moonlight Jasmine’; and American Paula McQueen of Portland, Oregon, for ‘Sugar and Spies’. All attended the Awards event except for McQueen who made an appearance via satellite link as an accident prevented her from flying to the UK.

Jane Cammack is no stranger to writing. One of her short stories was awarded the international Rubery Award and an historical fiction novel was in the last five of over 5,000 entries for the Daily Mail First Novel competition. Trained as an opera singer at The Royal College of Music in London, she went on to sing at the ENO, Glyndebourne and La Scala before concentrating on family life and raising children. Looking for a change of career, Cammack completed a two-year diploma course in creative writing at Oxford University. She is currently writing a psychological thriller.

Founded by Jeremy Mogford to support the literary achievements of writers, either established or novice, the, Lawrence Norfolk, Mary Berry and Rick Stein. The winning story is published in booklet form, and these are placed in the guest rooms and public rooms of the Old Parsonage and the Old Bank Hotels.

Congratulations to the runner-up writers below who were short-listed for the 2018 Mogford Prize.

(in no particular order)

Paula McQueen (US);
Michael Lonty (UK);
Irem Alici Silk (UK).

Also, congratulations to the 21 writers below who were long-listed for the 2018 Mogford Prize. Making the long list is a considerable achievement given that the competition attracted more than 800 entries from around the world.

(in no particular order)

Ola Abdalkafor (UK);
Andrew Cashmore (UK);
Elaine Chiew (UK);
Karen Clarke (UK);
Swithun Cooper (UK);
Melanie Heard-White (UK);
Tim Jarvis (UK);
Kevin Kiernan (UK);
Arthur Maddock (UK);
Donna McLuskie (UK);
Fiona McCready (UK);
Michael Milton (UK);
Pippa Roberts (UK);
Annabel Robertson (Australia);
Aneira Roose-McClew (UK);
Stephanie Thompson (UK);
Rob Tye (UK);
D. W. Wilson (Canada);
John Woolner (UK);
Steven Wright (UK);
T. Yaqoob (UK).