Yes indeed, MOLP2 is finally here and we have another £3,000 in the prize fund!
The second Magic Oxygen Literary Prize is open for entries of short stories and poetry from 1st July and will remain open until the 31st December 2015.
MOLP1 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 as decreed by 22 esteemed international judges.
Our fabulous anthology features the very best of them all and contains the top ten pieces in each category; if you’re planning to enter this year, it makes for invaluable research material and is a cracking read too. You can order it from us in paperback or e-book, or request it from your local book shop.
Renovation of our wonderful new offices at The Flat, 53 Broad Street in Lyme Regis has gone extremely well.
It has taken us a momentous six weeks of scrubbing, sweeping, prepping, rubbing down, painting and papering and we are just about to send out a stack of virtual, ‘We are moving’ notes.
With the help of a few dear friends, we have munched our way through over 10 metres of sandpaper, 4 litres of caulk, 90 litres of various flavours of paint, yards and yards of ceiling and wallpaper and we’ve barely set foot in the garden but have started to clear through the brambles and unloved footpaths.
On the backs of random pieces of scrap wallpaper you’ll find various designs for vertical fruit and vegetable planters made from pallets and raised beds made from scaffolding planks; it really will be a recycling dream garden.
Oh, there’s so much to tell you and so little time to do it!
I’ll be honest, I’ve not been as vocal on here as usual and it’s the result of a maelstrom of wonderful things.
Firstly, Magic Oxygen is positioning herself for a spot of gentle expansion and growth and is has just become a limited company which is rather nice. It feels a bit like she has taken the stabilisers off her bicycle and she’s getting ready to do a bit of off-roading!
MO is also about to get a bit more leg room by moving to a larger office: The Flat, 53 Broad Street, Lyme Regis. The final filing cabinets should be in place by early June but not before an exhaustive amount of painting, decorating and re-carpeting has been done first. This is not just our office however, the space above it is going to be our home too and every single square inch (yes, I’m an old fashioned measurer at heart) needs attention.
As we speak, Simon is sitting opposite me in a rather fetching pair of grubby dungarees catching up on a few urgent computer tasks and then we’ll be whizzing off to put in another full day of getting the new pad ready, then returning home to catch up with MO business proper.
We 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:
…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: