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The Winner of May’s Mini-MOLP Writing Contest

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Margaret_LeggattWe are thrilled to announce the winner of our Eco-Flash Fiction Mini-MOLP writing contest!

The title was won by a talented Australian entrant, Margaret Leggatt, with a poignant piece called, Snared.

Margaret lives beside beautiful Lake Macquarie in NSW. She has spent many fulfilling years teaching English, but has now left work and is able to devote more time and energy to writing. She writes short stories, a little poetry and short articles. After years of writing just for the joy of it, and sharing with a small group of like-minded friends, she is now venturing into broader waters, submitting pieces for publication and competitions, trying hard to improve her skills and blogging at, a blog mostly devoted to flash fiction.

Margaret says, “I was overjoyed to win this month’s mini-MOLP. I’m excited about the broadcast and seeing my little piece in the anthology. I’ve been looking forward to entering the May competition because as soon as I saw the topic I knew what to write. My ‘inspiration’ was a large aviary of beautiful birds in my neighbour’s back yard. They’re very vocal in the evenings, and I love to sit on my back verandah and listen to them, while at the same time feeling guilty that I’m enjoying their beautiful singing while they’re caged up. My story’s main character did what I wish I could do.”

“I only discovered Magic Oxygen quite recently, while browsing the web for opportunities to submit my writing, and I was immediately excited by the concept. I love the idea that by writing I can contribute a little bit to improving the environment and assisting the school in Kenya. Brilliant. I’m going to enter as often as I can.”

Margaret won 10 of our best selling titles and we’ve had her story professionally recorded too. It’ll be broadcast on the radio soon – details will follow shortly with show times and there will be a Listen Again facility.

As with our slightly grander Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, Snared and every other entry to the contest, has resulted in a tree being planted in our Word Forest in Bore, Kenya. They also helped fund the building and fitting out of a brand new classroom in Kundeni Primary School in the same community.

Our writing competitions are the only ones in the world where everyone wins!

On the subject of the classroom at Kundeni School, we are absolutely delighted to announce that the classroom we set out to build when we launched MOLP1, has recently been completed and handed over to the school, children and villagers of Bore. We are all enormously proud of what has been achieved and will be posting details and pictures soon.

Back to our winner however, Margaret’s writing and her literary achievements will be given a well earned springboard on a couple of pages in the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology 2017 and Snared will be published for all to enjoy.

So, wordy chums, I hope news of yet another MOLP winner has filled you with inspiration and that you’re one step nearer to entering the Mini-MOLP writing contest for June. We need a Sonnet for the Solstice – click here for details and to get your entry in.

Congratulations Margaret on your worthy win and good luck to all who enter the June Mini-MOLP!

The Team