Mogford Prize


Apr 7, 2017

Nicky Winder with her short story ‘Bait’ was the winner of the 2017 Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing. Nicky’s short story was selected from entries from across the globe, including from China, Russia, Macedonia, Croatia, Poland, South Africa, Argentina and Surinam. Prize founder Jeremy Mogford and guest judges Sir Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL, and Dame Mary Berry selected the winner from a field of over 1,000 entries.

Nicky Winder was the fifth winner of the annual Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing and Jeremy Mogford presented her with a cheque for £10,000 and an engraved award at the Mogford Prize party held at Quod Restaurant & Bar in Oxford.

The 2017 Mogford Prize runner-ups were Claire Bullen with ‘The Gift’, Ian Shine with ‘Supper for One’, and Johnny Reed with ‘Dine with the Devil’.


Nicky has been an English teacher for over twenty-five years, and has also worked as a psychotherapist since 2013. Nicky has published a book of humorous letters, called The Xmas Files, on behalf of a (decidedly unflattering) version of Father Christmas, and has also written and contributed to several student textbooks. She has just begun a PhD in poetry-writing at Essex University.

Find Nicky’s publications online for sale here and at Waterstones


Determined to murder her twelve-year-old daughter, Madame de Roubigne makes meticulous plans and sends her out into the forest.