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Mogford Prize 2020 Winner Announced...

The 2020 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Short Story Writing has been awarded to Laura Theis who has lived in Oxford since 2011, originally from Ottobrunn, near Munich. Her story, ‘The Lift’, was selected from 1,280 entries from all over the world. This year’s short-list was judged by Prize founder Jeremy Mogford, award-winning actor and writer Stephen Fry, and television presenter, cookery writer and novelist, Prue Leith, CBE.

Runners-up, who receive cheques of £250, are the Irish writer Fergal Greene, who works in Brussels, for ‘If it’s Good Enough for Swift it’s Good Enough for Me’; Mary McGrath, an Irish writer based in the UK, for ‘Sup’; and the Oxford writer Peter Adamson for ‘Boiled Egg with Rosie’.

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The not so good news is that, in view of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we have had to take the very regrettable decision to postpone our annual party where the winner of the competition is announced… Hopefully more on this later in the year.

Founded by Jeremy Mogford to support the literary achievements of established or novice writers, the Mogford Prize carries a £10,000 first prize. Now in its eighth year, the prize is awarded annually for a short story on the theme of food or drink. Past judges have included Julian Barnes, Mary Berry, Bill Bryson, Lawrence Norfolk,  Philip Pullman, and Rick Stein. The winning story is published in the form of booklets that are placed in the guest rooms and public spaces of the Old Parsonage and Old Bank Hotels in Oxford.