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Mogford Prize 2021 Winner Announced...

The 2021 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Short Story Writing has been awarded to Finlay Taylor, from South London, who receives a prize of £10,000 along with an engraved award.

Finlay’s short story, ‘Madame Blini’s Disdain’, was selected from 755 entries from all over the world. This year’s shortlist was judged by Prize founder Jeremy Mogford, and guest judges; gifted playwright, broadcaster and poet Lemn Sissay MBE, and talented crime and thriller writer Mick Herron.

Runners-up, who receive a £250 prize each, are; Scotland born writer Lorna Fergusson, who now lives in Oxford, for ‘Mrs Esslemont’s Tea’; Jessica E Sinyard, a screenwriter working in film, television, and videogames, for ‘Black Coffee’; and IP lawyer Emma Teichmann for ‘An Acquired Taste’.

Read more about Finlay Taylor >

Mogford Prize 2021 Shortlist

We’re getting close to a decision on this year’s winner! Our longlist of 25 talented authors has now been reduced to just 4 that make up this year’s shortlist…

At this exact moment, our esteemed judges, Lemn Sissay MBE, English author and broadcaster, and Mick Herron, British mystery and thriller novelist, are considering the shortlist of four and putting them into their order of preference. A particularly difficult task this year since the quality of entries was so good.

We’re overjoyed to announce that the 2021 prize shortlist, in alphabetical order, is:

Lorna Fergusson with ‘Mrs Esslemont’s Tea
Finlay Taylor with ‘Madame Blini’s Disdain
Emma Teichmann with ‘An Acquired Taste
Jessica Sinyard with ‘Black Coffee

Scroll down for short biographies on each of our talented shortlist writers…

The winner of the 2021 prize will be announced in April ’21. The winning story, along with the three runner-up stories, will then be published on this website shortly afterwards.

Mogford Prize 2021 Longlist

A hearty congratulations to the 25 writers listed below who have been longlisted for the 2021 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing.

Making it onto the longlist is a huge achievement given that, despite an unusual year for all, our annual competition attracted a significant number of entries yet again from all over the world…

We’re pleased to announce that the 2021 prize longlist, in alphabetical order, is:

Elizabeth Andersen (UK)
Julie Black (New Zealand)
Mary Bonatz (USA)
Elaine Chiew (UK)
Paul Clarke (Australia)
Elizabeth Davis (USA)
Alexander Fiske-Harrison (UK)
Lorna Fergusson (UK)
Helen Gordon (UK)
Diana Holubowitz (UK)
Marissa Hoffmann (Switzerland)
Michael Kilgannon (UK)
Richard King (UK)
Louise Mangos (Switzerland)
Terri Mcilroy (UK)
Marcia Mills-McFarlane (Jamaica)
Emma Newrick (UK)
Isla Robertson (UK)
Angela O’Brien (Ireland)
Maria O’Rouke (Ireland)
Chris Reid (UK)
Jessica Sinyard (UK)
Finlay Taylor (UK)
Emma Teichmann (UK)
Sasha Wilson (UK)

In the coming week, our longlist entries will be reduced down to this year’s four shortlisted stories. At which point we’ll announce the names of these incredibly talented writers, one of which will be winning the prize fund of £10,000.

The winner of the 2021 prize will be announced in April ’21, once our two guest judges, Lemn Sissay MBE and Mick Herron, have helped us decide the worthy winner. The winning story, along with the three runner-up stories, will then be published on this website shortly afterwards.

Entries for the Mogford Prize 2021 are open!

Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. Your short story 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’re overjoyed to announce that the two guest judges in this year’s competition are British mystery and thriller novelist, Mick Herron, and English author and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay MBE

COMPETITION RULES:

* Your short story should have a maximum of 2,500 words. There is no minimum and the title is not included in the word count.

* The closing date is 13th January 2021 (12 noon, GMT).

* The Long List of 25 will be announced on this website in March 2021.

* The winner will be announced in April 2021.

Full terms & conditions for the Mogford Prize can be found here

Click here to find out how to enter this year's prize >

Mogford Prize 2020 Longlist Announced...

A huge congratulations to the 25 writers listed below who have been longlisted for the 2020 Mogford Prize.

Making the longlist is a considerable achievement given that the competition attracted well over 1,000 entries…

The 2020 prize longlist, in alphabetical order, is:

Peter Adamson (UK)
Elizabeth Andersen (UK)
Steve Ashton (UK)
Martine Bailey (UK)
Tom Darke (UK)
Bryn Fazakerley (UK)
Lorna Fergusson (UK)
Fergal Greene (Ireland)
Victoria Haggblom (US)
Jane Eaton Hamilton (Canada)
Simon Holden-White (UK)
Virginia Harriss (UK)
Cassia Littler (UK)
Eva Lomski (Australia)
Mary McGrath (UK)
Adam Napier (UK)
Elizabeth O’Connor (UK)
Ingrid Persaud (UK)
Isla Robertson (UK)
Laura Melis Theis (Germany)
Ruth Tudor (UK)
Angela Wright (UK)
Alena Walker (UK)
Tahira Yaqoob (UK)
Sarah Zimmerman (UK)

The winner of the 2020 prize will be announced at our prize party on 3rd April ’20, and published on our website shortly afterwards.

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