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Mogford Prize 2020 Terms & Conditions


Food and/or drink must be at the heart of the tale. The short story (no poems) 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. We are looking for a short story that our hotel guests would enjoy reading while staying in one of our hotels.

* The 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 2020 were accepted from 4th November 2019 (12 noon, GMT).
* The closing date was 13th January 2020 (12 noon, GMT).
* The Longlist of 25 have been contacted, the list of which can be found here.
* The Mogford Prize 2020 Party, when the winner will be announced, will be held on 3rd April 2020.

We recommend you read our past winning stories before entering.

* The prize is open to any nationality provided the entrant is over the age of 18 years at the time of the closing date.
* Entries must be submitted in English.
* Entries must be the sole work of the entrant.
* Entries must never have been published, self-published, broadcast or published on any website, blog or online forum.

* £10 for each submitted short story.
* Payment is via an online submission form, accessible on this website whilst entries are being accepted.

* Entries must be in English, saved in Microsoft Word format, and submitted via an online submission form, accessible on this website whilst entries are being accepted.
* Short stories need to double-spaced and the word-count noted at top of the first page.
* The short story document must have no name or address typed on it; personal details should be entered on the online entry form only.
* Once a story has been submitted, we do not accept amendments or revised versions so please consider carefully before submitting your story.

* The results of the Mogford Prize 2020 will be announced at the Mogford Prize 2020 Party on 3rd April 2020, and on this website the day afterwards.
* Due to the volume of entries, we cannot contact entrants who are not long- or shortlisted. If you haven’t already been contacted it means that your entry has not been selected for this year’s competition.
* The Long List of 25 were contacted on 19th February 2020.
* The Short List of 4 will be contacted by 17th March 2020.
* The winning entry will not be announced until the Mogford Prize 2020 Party on 3rd April 2020.
* The 4 short-listed entrants will be invited as Jeremy Mogford’s guests to the Mogford Prize 2020 Party on 3rd April 2020 and hosted for the night in one of the Mogford hotels in Oxford. In addition, the short-listed candidates will attend a select dinner. All travel expenses agreed in advance will be met by Jeremy Mogford, including, where necessary, economy flights.

* Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Mogford Prize will have unrestricted right to publish the winner and short-listed stories in any format, including on the Mogford websites and as a booklet to be placed in each of the Mogford hotel rooms.

* Along with Jeremy Mogford this year’s two distinguished judges are Stephen Fry & Prue Leith.
* The judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
* The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
* The Mogford Prize reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.

* The winning entry will receive £10,000 and an inscribed award.
* The winning entry will be read by an actor and uploaded to the StoryPlayer website.
* The three runner-up entrants will receive £250 each.
* All shortlisted stories will be published on the Mogford websites and will remain in the public domain for one year until the announcement of the Mogford Prize 2020 winning entry. The winning entry will remain on the Mogford websites indefinitely.

The Mogford Prize reserves the right to amend these rules if deemed necessary. Any changes will be posted here on this website.