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Search for best beer writer launched

So have you got the words to be Beer Writer of the Year 2008 & and win £1,000?

The British Guild of Beer Writers is giving writers, broadcasters, photographers, poets illustrators, designers and webmasters the chance to enter their work in six different categories, with one of the category winners to be named as the British Guild of Beer Writers' Beer Writer of the Year.

Nominations and entries are being sort for six categories:-

Coors Brewers National Journalism Awards – prize £1,000 & £500 – for the very best writing in the national press, consumer magazines, national television and radio.

Wells & Young's Business to Business Journalism Awards - prize £1000 & £500 - - for the very best writing in trade and company newspapers, newsletters, magazines and websites.

Brains SA Gold New Media Award - £1000 & £500 – for the very best writing using new communication technologies on beer websites, company beer sites, news websites and blogs.

Bishop's Finger Award for Beer and Food Writing – prize £1000 – the objective is to encourage journalists to write or broadcast material on the subject of matching beer with food a subject area formerly dominated by wine. Entries can be written or broadcast in national, local or regional media, it could be in a trade magazine or a company publication, on the internet or part of a video.

Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary - prize £1000 plus trip to Czech Republic - for the entrant considered by the judges to benefit most from a travel bursary. The winner will be encouraged to write a feature on wherever they visit.

Regional Journalism Awards – prize £1000 & £500 – for the very best regional beer writing or broadcasting - includes local and regional newspapers, radio and television, CAMRA newsletters.

The winners will be chosen by four experienced judges. Current Beer Writer of the Year Alastair Gilmour has agreed to be Chairman of the judges.

The other judges are:

Steve Dyson, editor of the Birmingham Mail and long-term Camra member,

Tina Snowball, former press officer at the Independent Family Brewers and now corporate communications director at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the North East destination and culture agency;

and Alex Brodie of the Hawkshead Brewery and former BBC World Service anchorman and sometime Today programme presenter.

To enter the British Guild of Beer Writers Annual Awards send four copies (photocopies accepted) of each entry, published or broadcast in the 12 months up to 30 September 2008 - stating where it has been published – authors of books need to send four copies of the book.

Alternatively good quality PDFs of work will also be accepted.

Website entries - send web address only.

Entries should be sent by with a covering letter by 10 October to Beer Writers Competition, c/o Seal Communications Limited, Islington Gates, 8 Fleet Street, Birmingham B3 1JH. Email address required.

The winners will be announced at British Guild of Beer Writers annual awards dinner – 11 December – Tower Bridge, Hilton

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.

Third party entries are accepted.

Entrants do not have to be members 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.

For more information on the British Guild of Beer Writers Awards contact Tim Hampson Tel: 07768 614283 – Email:

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