Why We’re Planting a Tree for Every Entry in our Literary Prize

Children from the Kundeni School, Bore, Kenya
Kundeni school children ready to plant trees

Our writing competition was created to uncover literary excellence in short stories and poetry from writers from all over the world and also to begin a legacy reforestation project.

We decided to set our entry fee at a modest, affordable £5 and realised some writers would enter, spurred on by the possibility of seeing their work in print and perhaps bagging a slice of the £3,000 prize fund; let’s face it, who wouldn’t!

We hoped others would also be inspired to enter because we were offering something quite unique; we pledged to plant a tree in Kenya for every single entry and to send the GPS coordinates of it to the entrant. This would be the start of our tropical Word Forest.

Ambitious? Yes, but doable and there’s more.

Under the guiding eye of Ru Hartwell our reforestation expert, a brand new classroom will also be built at the Kundeni School in Bore, Kenya, which sits right next door to our Word Forest.

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We’re on the BBC Tomorrow!

Michael Chequer BBC Radio DevonSimon and I will have our best radio faces on early tomorrow morning to chat with Michael Chequer on BBC Radio Devon.

One or possibly both of us will be on between 9-10am on Saturday morning and if you’d like to tune in live, simply click here and tap the button on the top right of the page.

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Our Kindle Fire Draw Winner

Simon West, Phil Hodgson & Tracey West  Kindle Fire DrawA huge thank you to everyone that entered our free draw to win a Kindle Fire!

We had almost 600 entrants and were delighted to squeeze into the Apple FM studio with Phil Hodgson during his Drive Time show yesterday, to pick the winner.

Phil was our independent adjudicator for the draw and with our technical guru Simon, ensured the random name selector was indeed truly random.

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The @MagicOxygen (Literary) Christmas Message

Ladybug in Magic Oxygen Christmas MessageMagic Oxygen Publishing are proud to unveil their sustainable festive video message for 2014.

We hope that it encourages you to head to the High Street to make some of your seasonal shopping decisions.

Happy Green Christmas!

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Drawing the Winner of Our Kindle Fire Competition!

Kindle Fire TabletTo help us promote our prestigious Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, we decided to do a fabulous give-away of a Kindle Fire tablet in a free draw.

To qualify, we asked entrants to share our teaser trailer on their networks and do a few other bits and pieces (take a look at the rules if you’d like to enter, there’s still a little time left).

The response has been amazing. We have received entries from all over the world but predominantly from the UK and on Thursday 20th November we will do the draw live on Apple FM with the lovely Phil Hodgson on his Drive Time show.

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