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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Posted on May 11, 2015 by Rachel  | Comments (1)

In December 2014, I was delighted to join the judges panel for the greenest literary award going by far, the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize (#MOLP). With a tree planted for every entry, the competition attracted 800 short stories and poems from around the world in its first year.

The judging weekend was a fantastic affair. Me and my fellow judges were whisked away to the comfort of a cosy farmhouse near Lyme Regis in Dorset. Hosted by Magic Oxygen's lovely directors – Tracey and Simon West – we were tasked with reading and scoring piles of entries throughout our stay.

The amosphere was wonderfully relaxed. Everyone whispered in their best library voice and we unfuzzed our brains with walks in the woods and strolls along the beach at nearby Lyme.

The £3,000 prize money was awarded to the following winners on Valentine's Day 2015. Huge congratulations go to:

Short Stories

1st Place – Blurred Edges by Michelle Wright (Australia)
2nd Place – Weapon Of God by Casey Tonkin (Australia)
3rd Place – Tears In Hailar by James de Beresford (England)

Highly Commended – Looking For Joey by Fred Canavan (England)
Highly Commended – Waking by Teresa Stenson (England)


1st Place – Step-Mother by Catherine Rolfe (England)
2nd Place – The World Stands Still To Weep Sarah Wallis (England)
3rd Place – The Loneliness Of The Drunk Mathematician Heather Combe (England)

Highly Commended – Woman by Hannah Cooper-Smithson (England)
Highly Commended – Modern by Eleonore Schönmaier (Netherlands)

MOLP2 has been announced and will run between July and December 2015.

Comments (1)

  1. Tracey West:
    May 17, 2015 at 06:29 PM

    Rachel, what a fabulous new website and business and thank you for posting about MOLP!

    You were a great judge and I know you really enjoyed the process.

    We'll be doing it all again before you know it.

    Wishing you all the very best in your new endeavours.

    Tracey and Simon West (Magic Oxygen)

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