6-Word Story Contest: The Shortlisters & Winner

Dan Micklethwaite - Author and winner of the Magic Oxygen 6-Word Story ContestWe recently ran the Magic Oxygen 6-Word Story Contest and received an absolutely splendid response.

As mentioned in our previous post, we had 1,722 entries from 38 countries and we sat and read each and every one.

We whittled them down to a shortlist of 9 and are now delighted to let you know that Dan Micklethwaite has won the £100 prize money with:

“I’m a hero!”  “Was…” corrected Death.

We loved it – congratulations Dan!

It ticked the box of our criteria with its enigmatic twists of possibility and it was certainly a complete story in its brevity.

However, it was a tricky decision to nail to the wall because our shortlist of 9 was packed full of great entries – congratulations to each and every one of you.


Here they are:

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The Winner of the Magic Oxygen 6-Word Story Contest…

TheBookshelf02BW…will be announced tomorrow morning (Monday 6th April) on our literary radio show, The Bookshelf.

News of our free to enter competition bounced around the world and over the period of 4 weeks, we received 1,722 entries from writers in 38 different countries. All entries were judged anonymously by Simon and Tracey West.

Here are the names of our nine worthy shortlisters:

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Would You Like to be a Magic Oxygen Intern?

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Would you like to be a Magic Oxygen Publishing intern?

If you are looking to gain first-hand experience working in the publishing industry, we might be able to help.

This year, we are delighted to offer 4 or 8 week intern programmes and are inviting candidates to apply now in writing; interviews to be held soon in Lyme Regis.

We will provide comprehensive training and experience in the fields listed below but must stress, they are unpaid roles. We’ll also provide sustainable, seasonal, locally sourced, organic, Fairtrade lunches and beverages throughout your stay. The standard working week would be Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and you’ll be based at our office in Lyme Regis.

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Chris Hill: The Pick-Up Artist – Five 5* Reviews on Amazon

Front Cover of The Pick-Up Artist by Chris HillWe are delighted to share the news that Chris Hill’s latest book with us, The Pick-Up Artist, is reeling in fabulous five star reviews.

Here’s the latest:

Hilarious Comic Romp in the World of Journalism

By Rani Shergill on 9 Mar. 2015

This is the second book I have read by Chris Hill and it is an unputdownable page turner.

The story itself without giving too much away is about a journalist who has issues with making himself appear attractive and interesting to the opposite sex and so he resorts to a website called PUA for dating tips. What results is quite a comical romp into the world of dating for Rob, a junior employee in his firm.

Many of the characters did make me laugh in particular Crazy Al, Rob himself was a bit of a plonker but saying that in a nice way. Many of the women in his office scared me never mind Rob. Loved the twist at the end ! I actually kept wondering after that last chapter whether I had missed some vital clues about it earlier in the book.

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Our Advice For Celebrating World Book Day

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Our advice for celebrating World Book Day

Whatever you do tomorrow, steal a little time from your schedule to sit and do a bit of reading.

You never know, you might enjoy it…

The Team

Breathing Life Into Words