The second Magic Oxygen Literary Prize is well under way and we’ve had a few entries plop onto our virtual doormat already, which has made the office buzz with excitement once more.
There has been an almost equal mix of short stories and poetry received so far and we’re considering betting (with sticky buns) on whether that balance will be reflected when we close the door on our little writing contest later this year; we received slightly more poetry than stories in MOLP1.
We decided to keep the theme open once again and I must say in my capacity as head judge, it led to a fantastic time reading and scoring incredibly diverse pieces of work last year with my fellow judges.
In 2014 we were sent creative writing about life, death, romance, sex, heartbreak and horror, sci-fi and comedy, lots of comedy and all sorts of other genres. We are hopeful it will expand even further this year.
If you’d like to help us spread the word about the only writing contest in the world to plant a tree for every entry, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Click on the image above to get a high res version of our poster to download and print or to use on your blog or social media page.
As well as planting our tropical Word Forest in Bore, Kenya, we’re also building an urgently needed classroom at Kundeni Primary School in the same community, so even if you don’t manage to get your hands on one of the fabulous cash prizes, you’ll win a tree planted in your name; we’ll even send you the GPS coordinates of it once the contest has closed.
So why not dust off your writing implement of choice then find somewhere inspirational to get down to the joyful business of writing and send in your entry.
PS: Take a look at the e-book and paperback anthology for MOLP1 packed with the winning and shortlisted pieces from last year – it’s great research material and we’ll plant a tree for every one bought too!