Enter the Magic Oxygen Six-Word Story Competition

6ws400We are delighted to invite you to enter the Magic Oxygen Six-Word Story Competition.

It’s free to enter, it’s open to anyone of any age from anywhere in the world and you can submit a piece on any topic.

The author of the best story will receive £100 and have it published along with their bio and photograph in the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology in 2016.

For more information on our prestigious literary prize, take a quick look at this year’s anthology. It’s packed to the edges with prizewinning stories and poems from our last competition, it’s a fabulous read and we also plant a tree in our Word Forest in Bore, Kenya for every copy sold.

The Magic Oxygen Six-Word Story Competition opens on Sunday 1st March 2015 and runs to Tuesday 31st March 2015.

Entries are limited to 10 per entrant.

The winner will be announced on our literary radio show, The Bookshelf broadcast on Apple FM on Monday 6th April between 10am and midday UK time. You can Listen Live and if you miss the show, you can Listen Again at your leisure.

Click here to submit your best six-word story and good luck!

Talking Websites & Death With Author Max Brandt

Simon West & author Max BrandtExeter Central Library was the meeting place today for our tech guru Simon and our fabulous crime author, Max Brandt. Simon was doing a spot of WordPress training and handing over the reins of Max’s new website, MaxBrandt.co.uk which launches later this week.

In between tech-talk and aside from discussing his new title that launched on 14th February, Blind Cupid, they also chatted about one of his other passions, the theatre. Right now, Max is fully immersed in rehearsals for his performance of Fagin in Oliver with the Kingsbridge Amateur Theatre Company – details will be revealed in a post by him very soon!

Max has been treading the boards in various guises for a decade and has written and produced his own play, Dominion, which we have the pleasure of publishing in May.

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Author Interview – Mark Pardy & Andy Wright

Ian Mosley Marillions Heartbeat book coverListen to Tracey West’s complete interview  with Mark Pardy & Andy Wright, talking about their new book ‘Ian Mosley – Marillion’s Heartbeat’ first broadcast on Apple FM 23rd February 2015

Tracey interviews Mark Pardy and Andy Wright     

Tune in to The Bookshelf every Monday at 10:00am or listen again

Would You Like to Enter MOLP2?

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology coverThe first Magic Oxygen Literary Prize received almost 800 entries from 31 countries and had a prize fund of £3,000 paid to the writers of the best short stories and poems.

MOLP2 will be open for entries on 1st July and will run through to 31st December 2015.

Full details will be revealed nearer the time, but the categories will certainly be open for short stories of up to 4,000 words and poems of up to 50 lines.

…there may be more…

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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Winners 2015

Our winners are:

Short Story Award

1st Place Blurred Edges by Michelle Wright (Australia)

2nd Place Weapon Of God by Casey Tonkin (Australia)

3rd Place Tears In Hailar by James de Beresford (England)

Highly Commended 2 Looking For Joey by Fred Canavan (England)

Highly Commended 1 Waking by Teresa Stenson (England)

Poetry Award

1st Place Step-Mother by Catherine Rolfe (England)

2nd Place The World Stands Still To Weep Sarah Wallis (England)

3rd Place The Loneliness Of The Drunk Mathematician Heather Combe (England)

Highly Commended 2 Woman by Hannah Cooper-Smithson (England)

Highly Commended 1 Modern by Eleonore Schönmaier (Netherlands)


The team




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