The Mini-MOLPs are a series of five diverse writing competitions with thought provoking themes inspired by international environmental awareness campaigns. Each contest will run for a full month beginning on the 1st April, the subsequent ones running consecutively through to the 31st August.
June 2016: Sonnet for the Solstice – 14 lines
Take inspiration from World Environment Day or World Oceans Day
Wax lyrical with a Shakespearian style sonnet and imagine it performed at the break of day on the solstice.
August 2016: Last Words Monologue – 400 words
Take inspiration from World Honey Bee Day or World Elephant Day
The film is about to end, the last of a species is about to die. Write the script of their parting words.
It is not a pre-requisite, but competitors are encouraged to find creative inspiration for their entry from either of the suggested environmental awareness campaigns named in each contest.
You are strongly advised not to leave your entry until the last moment! Magic Oxygen will not be held liable for any problems that may result from technical hitches if you try to enter the competition at a late stage.
It is £3.50 per entry via PayPal, which also allows you to pay by credit or debit card too. Payment must be received before midnight on the final day of each Mini-MOLP.
The Mini-MOLPs invite entries from writers aged 16 or over (at the time of submission) of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Entries must be written in English but can contain a few words from other languages if required.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and in the act of making your submission, you are confirming the work is your own and that you have read the rules and comply by them. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification. Entries must never have been published before.
Entries are to be uploaded via our electronic entry system. Postal entries are not allowed for the Mini-MOLPs.
Once you have finished uploading your entry and have gone through the checkout, payment for your entries will be confirmed by PayPal. You will also receive an email from Magic Oxygen confirming your submission within two working days.
Judging will be done in house by Magic Oxygen staff under the direction of the MOLP Head Judge, Tracey West. Their decision is final, they are unable to comment on individual entries and critiques will not be available. They reserve the right to amend these rules if necessary; any changes will be posted on the Magic Oxygen website.
Details of the winning entry will be announced on the Magic Oxygen website in the first week of the month after the contest has closed.
Worldwide copyright of the entries remains entirely with the authors. The Mini-MOLP administrators have the unrestricted right to publish the winning entries in their annual anthology and any relevant promotional material.
You must ensure you have read and comply with all the rules before you enter. By entering the competition and uploading your work, you agree that you are in full acceptance of them. Any failure to comply with them may result in your entry being disqualified.