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2020 Prize Winner - Laura Theis

READ ‘The Lift’ online or LISTEN to it in audio format (produced by The Story Player, read by Ian Wilson-Soppitt)

Laura Theis, from Ottobrunn near Munich, was selected from 1,280 entries from writers all over the world as the winner of the Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing 2020.

Laura’s short story, ‘The Lift’, was chosen by Prize founder Jeremy Mogford, and guest judges; award-winning actor and writer Stephen Fry, and television presenter, cookery writer and novelist, Prue Leith, CBE.

The very worthy runners-up to this year’s prize were; 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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Laura Theis was raised in Bavaria but has been living in Oxford since 2011. She is an award-winning musician, writer and poet.

Her work has been broadcast or published in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Canada and the United States.

In 2020 Laura won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet competition; in 2018, both the Hammond House International Literary Award for Poetry and the Curtis Bausse Short Story Prize; and, in 2017, the AM Heath Prize.