The accolade was worthily bagged by Jennifer Tucker with a brilliantly penned piece entitled, Nil Desperandum.
Jennifer grew up a tiny cottage in the grounds of a castle and family legend has it that she descended from an infamous pirate (much to the amusement of her fencing coach at the time of that discovery). Consequently, she has always had a fondness for the fantasy genre. That said, thanks to an accident involving the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a staircase and a nasty attack of gravity, she ended up more of a fan of science fiction and sci-fi humour.
Jennifer commented, “It’s a real honour to be the winner of the inaugural mini-MOLP. I really admire the work that Simon and Tracey are doing with Magic Oxygen and its ethos of giving back to the global community. Their tree planting and classroom building in Kenya is a truly inspiring vision that deserves lots of support, and I’m thrilled to be a little part of it all!”
Our office has been buzzing with cosmic excitement – well, we are drawing close the end of the first Mini-MOLP and the theme is ‘Letter to the Planet’, so you can’t really blame us!
The entry fee is just £3.50 and the winners of the Mini-MOLPS are set to bag three completely amazing prizes.
Not only will they have a beautiful tree planted for their entry in our Word Forest in Bore, Kenya, but they will also be sent 10 of our best-selling titles and they’ll also receive a fabulously unique prize too…
For our April writing contest it will be an absolutely gorgeous organic cotton tee-shirt with the winning entry emblazoned across the front! How funkily-eco will you feel wearing that as you sit with your favourite brew in one hand and a pencil in the other as you flesh out another piece of brilliant creative writing?
So, what are you waiting for my literary lovelies? You have precisely 77 hours to get your entry in. Continue reading →
Last Few Days to Enter the April Mini-MOLP Writing Contest was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by Tracey West
We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2016!
We are pressing the pause button and enjoying a spot of post-event respite however, in the coming days, we’ll publish our short story and poetry report so you can get a tantalising taster of what the winning pieces are all about.
Don’t forget, if you’d like a copy of our fabulous anthology, it is available to order from your local bookshop and from our shop too and a tree will be planted for every single one bought.
1st – £1,000
John Irving Clarke, England Into the Driving Rain
2nd – £300
Sandra Crook, England Finn
3rd – £100
Fee Johnstone, Scotland Drag Hag
Highly Commended – £50
Lynne McVernon, England ADHD for Beginners
Maris Morton, Australia Chance EncounterContinue reading →
The Winners of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2016 was last modified: March 30th, 2016 by Tracey West
We’ll be proudly announcing the winners in the short story and poetry categories of the prestigious Magic Oxygen Literary Prize (fondly known as MOLP), meeting some of the winners and shortlisters and hearing excerpts from a selection of the best entries.
This event will also be live streamed around the world on YouTube – we had entrants from 34 countries and cannot guarantee the winners are even in England!
The Mini-MOLPs are a series of five diverse writing competitions with thought provoking themes inspired by international environmental awareness campaigns.
They were created by the founders of the very eco-friendly Magic Oxygen Literary Prize and just as with MOLP, a tree will be planted for every single entry.
Each writing competition will run for one month, beginning on the 1st April and then consecutively through to the 31st August. Entry is just £3.50 and competitors are encouraged to find creative energy from either of the suggested campaigns in each contest.
The winning authors and poets will have their work showcased in the next MOLP anthology (due spring 2017).
We are absolutely delighted to reveal the judgemental line up for MOLP 2016!
If you were involved in the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize last year, you’ll probably recognise a few familiar faces but we have also been very fortunate to welcome a handful of new literary lovers to our esteemed team too.
The process for judging the entries this year was incredibly challenging for one of the hard-working MOLP founders, our resident super-geek, Simon West.
The film examines the potential impacts of fracking and coal bed methane extraction in Somerset and beyond. It includes the social, health and environmental consequences associated with unconventional gas drilling.
Suffice to say, you’ll soon receive an electronic certificate with the GPS reference of where your trees are planted. It’s our thank you for entering the only writing contest where everyone wins.
We hope you feel as chuffed when you receive the coordinates, as we feel sending them out!
The Word Forest is indeed a legacy reforestation project. Ru Hartwell, the project coordinator, said in an email to us earlier:
This is a serious bit of tropical forest, a serious bit of classroom building, a serious bit of creative writing and a serious bit of carbon absorption as well. How can one project tick so many boxes and tick ’em so well?
The talented shortlisters from MOLP2 will be announced very soon.