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You must ensure you have read and comply with all the rules before you enter. By entering the competition and uploading or sending us 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.

In Brief

Entry Fee

Electronic uploads are preferred with credit card or Paypal payments of £5 per entry. If you send your entry by post, cheques for £5 per entry made payable to ‘Magic Oxygen’ are acceptable from UK residents. Overseas postal entries must be accompanied by credit card or Paypal payments for £5 with clear reference to your name and postal address. Contact us for further details.


The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize invites entries from writers aged 15 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 the story or poem requires it.

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 or broadcast in any way.

Simultaneous submissions are not allowed, ie, entries cannot be contenders in other competitions at the same time. However, previously rejected entries from other competitions are allowed.

Entry Details

Online entries must be completed at our Magic Oxygen Online Entry System. You can type your entry into the system or cut and paste from and existing document.

Please keep formatting as simple as possible, use Times or Times New Roman 12 point font only, in normal, bold or italics. If you don’t need bold or italics for emphasis, consider using Notepad (Windows), TextEdit (Mac) or another simple text editor. In your story or poem it is the words that matter, complex formatting is a distraction.

Postal and emailed entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. Only covering letters for postal entries should contain the necessary identifying information.

Postal Entries

Entries should be typed single sided in Times New Roman, Arial or similar, they should be in 12 or 14pt in black ink. Handwritten entries are not acceptable, typewritten postal entries are.

Poems should have the title in bold only on the top line with the line count written beside it.

Short stories should have the title in bold only on the top line with the word count written beside it.

Postal entries should be sent to:- Magic Oxygen, The Flat, 53 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF. If you post your entry, we encourage you to retain proof of postage and it must be postmarked before the closing date of 31st December 2017.

Postal entries must be printed single sided, with pages numbered and securely fastened with a paperclip. Each entry should start on a fresh sheet of paper. Your name, address and telephone number must appear on a single, separate sheet along with full payment for the entry or entries or your payment reference. Envelopes must be clearly marked MOLP.

If you send a postal entry, send a covering letter with your contact details and the name of the piece you are submitting. The document with your actual submission must not contain your name, email address or any identifying notes. Failure to do this will result in disqualification.

Please ensure that you use the correct postage. If insufficient postage is used, the entry will not be delivered.

Receipt of Entry

Online entries will be confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal. You will also receive an email from Magic Oxygen confirming your submission.

Receipt of postal entries can be confirmed if you enclose a stamped addressed postcard or sealed envelope along with your submission, marked ‘Magic Oxygen Literary Prize’.

It will not be possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or email and no further correspondence will be entered into regarding your submission. Neither postal, nor emailed entries will be returned; be sure to keep a copy of your submission.


The names of the shortlisted authors will be announced no later than 28th February 2017. The winners will be announced and the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology will be available shortly thereafter on a date to be confirmed.  The full details will be announced on at that time.


The judging panel will be revealed in due  course – click here to view last year’s panel. The judges’ decisions are final. The judges are unable to comment on individual entries, no individual correspondence will be entered into and no critiques are available.


Worldwide copyright of the entries remains entirely with the authors. The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize administrators have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems and stories in their annual anthology and any relevant promotional material.

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize administrators reserve the right to amend these rules if necessary; they will be posted on

You are strongly advised to get your entry in early!

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.

Good luck!

The Team