It’s time once more for all you brilliant writers and poets to get your entries in to the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize. Not only do we have £3,000 total prize money up for grabs, but also we will plant a tree for every single entry in Boré, Kenya – a community on the front line of climate change.
All the shortlisted entries will be published in our anthology each will receive a copy of the book. Want some inspiration? Take a peek at our bundle of all four previous anthologies.
If that wasn’t enough for you, every tree helps to build classrooms in that same community. Just 4,000 entries is all it takes to build an entire classroom and equip it with desks and books. Take a look at The Word Forest Organisation, the charity we created as a direct result of MOLP, and get writing!
Buy the MOLP Anthology 2018
It is jam-packed with showcase entries from our shortlisters and winners: namely 10 superb short stories and 10 perfect poems
Without wanting to sound like an ad for M&S, this book really is so much more than an anthology! Aside from it being a cracking read, we will also arrange for a tree to be planted for every single copy sold, in our Word Forest in Kenya.
If you’re not familiar with the MOLP contests, we also plant a tree for every single entry too making our contests the only ones where everyone wins!
If you fancy a great read whilst supporting a seriously cool reforestation project, you can place your pre-order for it right here.
Grannifer’s Legacy by Trish Vickers
Trish Vickers is an absolutely incredible lady.
Over 6 years, she wrote a 110,000 word manuscript by hand with a pen. What makes her achievement so remarkable, is that before she started writing it, Trish lost her sight to diabetes. She used a notepad on a clipboard with rubber bands marking out the lines in order to do it. Just as she approached the finish line, she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and the race was on to get Grannifer’s Legacy into print before she loses her valiant fight with the disease.
With generous assistance from our authors Sue Hampton and Wendy Breckon, editor Izzy Robertson, cover designer Tracey West and typesetter Simon West, the rabbit was pulled out of the hat and the title is now available to pre-order. Donations from each sale will be made to the South West Dorset Talking Newspapers.
Grannifer’s Legacy is a delightful tale of friendship, community, kindness and hope. Wonderfully uplifting elements for any reader to embrace during troubled times, but it’s the story behind the story that makes it unique.
The fact that it exists at all, fills us with enthusiasm, optimism and positivity and we hope it does the same for you too.
On Tuesday 6th March, BBC Spotlight will be featuring this remarkable story behind the story on their news bulletins – we hope to put a link up as soon as it’s available. John Ayres and John Gurd did a wonderful job of sitting and chatting with Trish and interviewing her family, friends, editor and publishers, as everyone celebrated the imminent arrival of the first copy.
Sue Hampton, happy these days to be known as the Bald Green Author, was born in Essex and now lives in Herts with her husband and fellow author, Leslie Tate.
Inspired by her father Paul, who was a poet, she wrote as a child and has never stopped – even through 19 years of teaching as a working mum. Her first book for children, the historical adventure Spirit and Fire, was published in 07 and described by Michael Morpurgo as “enthralling… powerfully written”. It was the first of 25 and counting. Most titles are for children or teens, like the fantasy adventure The Dreamer, but Sue also has three books for adults, including Flashback & Purple and e-book The Biggest Splash, both from Magic Oxygen. Click “Add to basket” below to buy Sue’s latest title.
Sue is a prolific writer, in high demand in schools as a visiting author for any age, and an Ambassador for Alopecia UK. You may have seen her lead a team of bareheaded ladies to a £29,000 victory for the charity on BBC Eggheads! Click here for some highlights from that programme.