In case you weren’t aware, our amazing little reforestation charity was actually born from from the heart of an international writing competition.

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, or MOLP as it’s fondly known, started back in 2014 and at that time, it was the only short story and poetry contest to plant a tree for every entry – to the best of our knowledge, it still is. As well as uncovering amazing literary talent from all over the world, it also pays a hefty £3,000 in prize money and this year it was kindly sponsored by Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort.

The great things MOLP has helped Kenyan communities to achieve over the past 4 years, is commendable. It also formed the basis of our CEO’s decision to form Word Forest as a registered charity back in April 2017. As we roll towards the end of our first year as a charity, our team couldn’t be more committed to the cause of planting trees, building classrooms and facilitating education in impoverished areas in Kenya.

On Saturday 31st March, the winners of this year’s Magic Oxygen Literary Prize will be announced at 2pm BST in a live broadcast on YouTube by Editor in Chief, Simon West.

Click here to go to Magic Oxygen’s YouTube Channel and simply click on it to view the proceedings LIVE as they happen!

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology 2018…and before we go, may we also encourage you to take a look at this year’s anthology which contains the top 5 winning and shortlisted short stories and poems in each category. The book is a fabulous read and Magic Oxygen will plant a tree for every copy sold, through Word Forest!

“I know I say it every time but this year’s anthology is brilliant!” our CEO and also competition Head Judge, Tracey West, comments. “The quality and diversity of the entries seems to surpass themselves year on year. I haven’t had my usual involvement in MOLP this year, because for the last 12 months, I’ve been full-on driving Word Forest but I’ll never forget the roots of my charity. #MOLP has done so much great work and I’m proud to be ramping that up and carrying it on.”

If you love writing contests, be sure to add 1st October to your literary calendar and get your entry in early to the greenest writing contest on the planet! See for details.

The Team