Have you got the words to be Beer Writer of the Year 2010 and win £1,000?
The British Guild of Beer Writers is giving beer communicators the chance to enter their work in six different categories, with one of the category winners to be named as the Beer Writer of the Year and receive the coveted Michael Jackson Gold Tankard Award.
Michael Jackson (27 March 1942 – 30 August 2007) who was also known as The Beer Hunter, dedicated more than 30 years to discovering, recording and then sharing the world’s finest beers in his many books, articles and TV programmes. He was the first Chairman of the British Guild of Beer Writers.
The competition is open to writers, broadcasters, photographers, poets, illustrators, designers, webmasters and bloggers whose work has broadened the public’s knowledge of beer and pubs. Nominations and entries are being sought for six categories:
Molson Coors’ Award for Best Writing in National Publications - prizes £1,000 & £500
For the very best writing or broadcasting aimed at a general audience, published in the national (and international) press, consumer magazines, books, national television and radio.
Adnams Award for Best Writing in Regional Publications – prizes £1,000 & £500
For the very best writing or broadcasting aimed at a specific local or regional audience, published in local and regional newspapers, magazines, radio, television and CAMRA newsletters.
Wells & Young’s Awards for Best Writing for the Beer and Pub Trade – prizes £1,000 & £500
For the very best writing or broadcasting aimed at the brewing and pub industry, published in trade and company newspapers, newsletters, magazines, reports and websites.
Brains SA Gold Award for Best Online Communication – prizes £1,000 & £500
For the very best use of blogs, websites and social media, whether that be writing or use of other tools such as video or social networking.
Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary – prize £1,000 plus trip to Czech Republic
For the very best travel-themed beer writing (or beer-themed travel writing) or broadcasting. Entries can be from national, local or regional media, books, trade publications or online.
Bishop’s Finger Award for Beer and Food Writing – prize £1,000
For the very best writing or broadcasting on the subject of matching beer with food (an area formerly dominated by wine). Entries can be from national, local or regional media, books, trade publications or online.
How to enter
To enter the British Guild of Beer Writers Annual Awards send four copies (photocopies or printouts from PDFs accepted) of each entry, published or broadcast in the last 12 months up to 30 September 2010 – stating where it has been published. Authors of books need to send four copies of the book.
Website and bloggers entries – please send web address and URLs of the pages you want the judges to read.
Entrants can enter as many categories as they want, but they are limited to a maximum of six entries within each category. Remember, quality is more important than quantity so send one good entry in a category rather than six mediocre ones.
The entry should be accompanied by a letter stating which category or categories are being entered.
Entries should be sent by 8 October to – Beer Writers Competition, c/o Seal Communications Limited, Commercial Street, Birmingham, B1 1RH.
Entrants are asked to nominate which category they would like their work to be entered into but the judges reserve the right to consider work for other categories.
Editors, publishers and other third parties can nominate entrants to the competition.
Entrants do not have to be members of the British Guild of Beer Writers – they just have to communicate about beer or beer culture, new products or the ingredients and brewing of beer.
There is no limitation on the number of categories that an individual may enter.
Entries can only be returned if accompanied with a self-addressed, stamped envelope or packaging.
Guidelines for entrants can be found at http://www.beerwriters.co.uk/news.php?awards=1&showarticle=23
To book a place at the awards dinner – ticket price is £70 per person or £56 for BGBW individual members. For more information booking at the dinner contact Angie Armitage, at email@example.com or on 01206 752212.
For more information on the British Guild of Beer Writers Awards contact Tim Hampson Tel: 07768 614283 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: http://beerandpubs.wordpress.com
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