“I love books, but occasionally get a twinge of guilt about all those dead trees. Magic Oxygen have found the solution, buy this book & a tree will grow. How perfect is that?”
Matt Haig, Author matthaig.com
This remarkable anthology contains the shortlisted and winning entries from the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2014-15. There are 10 short stories and 10 poems in total and the top 5 in each category won the following: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100, highly commended 2 x £50.
Entries for the competition arrived from 31 countries and there are 4 countries represented on the combined shortlists. There were 22 judges from the UK and around the world comprising authors, some with international best selling credentials, editors, publishers, professional and performance poets, readers and critics.
It is anticipated that there will be a great deal of media coverage for the prize and the anthology, particularly in the sustainable field. Its environmentally friendly USP came in a commitment to plant a tree for every entry in a tropical Word Forest. The GPS coordinates were sent to every entrant shortly after the competition closed and a further commitment was made to build an urgently needed classroom at the Kundeni School in Bore, Kenya.
#MOLP is a unique writing competition and this year it offered a £3,000 purse sponsored by Coolio. The competition sought literary excellence in two categories, short stories and poetry and was open worldwide to writers aged 16+. Entries came in from 31 countries and the net result saw 800 trees planted. The publishers will also be planting a tree for every single anthology sold. #MOLP2 will be open for entries in early 2015.
The interest in #MOLP1 has been remarkable. It is the only competition in the world to plant a tree for every entry and each book sold and it has attracted an audience of sustainable writers and readers who will purchase a copy for that reason. Even the unsuccessful entrants sent countless notes of praise and support for this reforestation project and are eagerly awaiting news of when they can submit their entries for #MOLP2. We anticipate media support for this anthology to be strong.