Writing competition closing dates punctuate the diary of many a creative writer and there’s little more tempting than a four figure 1st prize and the promise of going into print, to get the ideas flowing.
Magic Oxygen Publishing, run by Tracey and Simon West, has just launched a new annual prize for literary excellence in short stories and poetry. It has an impressive prize fund of £1,000 1st, £300 2nd, £100 3rd and two highly commended prizes of £50 in both categories, kindly sponsored by Coolio. The winners and shortlisted entries will also be taken into print.
As well as nurturing fresh literary talent, they also want the contest to help reduce the world’s carbon footprint with a four-pronged approach and one absolutely unique *eco-element:-
- by judging electronically, doing minimal printing, conserving ink and paper
- encouraging entrants to keep submissions on cloud storage, conserving their resources
- producing a print on demand anthology in FSC certified paper and an e-book
- * by planting a tree for every single entry received and building a new classroom at the Kundeni School in Bore, Kenya