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Awards

The Guild of Beer Writers Annual Awards is the only competition to recognise and reward writing and broader communication about beer and pubs in the UK. We are proud of our award scheme and take it seriously, with a rigorous judging process, a generous prize fund thanks to our sponsors and an awards presentation and dinner in November that has become one of the industry’s top ‘must attend’ events.

Winning an award is confirmation that your writing has been judged the best in its field this year. Competition for this accolade is tough, but that doesn’t mean a new writer with a fresh voice can’t come in and win big in their first year. But to win, you have to enter, through our dedicated Awards entry site, HERE 

Who can enter?

  • Despite the title, the awards are open not just to writers, but to anyone who communicates about beer. This includes (but is not limited to) journalists, professional writers, authors, bloggers, poets, illustrators, filmmakers, broadcasters and photographers.
  • You don’t have to be a member of the Guild to enter – but non-members must pay to enter (see below).
  • Most people enter their own work but if you’re an editor, publisher or other third party you can also enter someone else’s work on their behalf.
  • The awards are not limited to work published in the UK, but must be in English (or translated into English by the entrant)
  • The only people who cannot enter are the judges.
  • For the Best Young Beer Writer category, entrants must be aged 35 or under on 31 August 2018, and have started writing about beer no more than three years ago.
  • For the Best Beer Citizen Communicator, entrants must have received no payment for writing or communicating in any other way about beer or pubs within the last 12 months.

What does it cost to enter?

Entering the Awards is FREE to all Guild members.  If you don’t belong to the Guild, entry costs £50 (for as many categories as you wish to enter), unless you are entering only the Citizen Communicator Award – in which case entry is free, as we recognise you have not been paid for your beer writing.   As joining the Guild costs only £55, we hope that you will consider becoming a member, giving you free entry to the Awards, in addition to the other benefits of membership. You can join the Guild here 

What do you have to do to win?

It’s entirely up to the judging panel what wins, and no one can predict what will do well. But the winning entries tend to have certain shared qualities:

  • Passion: If you’re not that interested in your subject, it’s doubtful you’ll persuade anyone else to be. We’re not saying you should rant and rave, but in the best writing, the love of beer and pubs is obvious – and infectious.
  • Originality: This is relative of course – the big themes in beer and pubs are written about year after year. But the awards reward fresh perspectives. Knowledge and authority about the subject might seem essential, but can be beaten by an inspiring cry from the heart from a new arrival to the world of beer.
  • Clarity and readability: In order to communicate well, you need to communicate clearly. It helps enormously if you are clear, engaging and accessible.
  • Quality, not quantity: If you write a great deal, you’re encouraged to think about your very best work – one great piece stands a better chance than six averagely good ones. If you’re not prolific, don’t worry – in past years writers submitting one lone article have won an award.

When do we announce the winners?

We publish a shortlist of those entrants whose work is being considered for a prize, in November. The winners and runners-up for each award, and the overall Beer Writer of the Year will be announced at the British Guild of Beer Writers annual awards dinner, to be held on Thursday 22 November in London. We welcome all entrants to attend this dinner, which has become one of the most popular fixtures in the brewing industry calendar.

THIS YEAR’S CATEGORIES

  • Greene King Award for Best Beer Writer, National Media
  • Adnams Award for Best Beer Writer, Regional Media
  • Fuller’s London Pride Award for Best Beer Writer – Trade Media
  • Heineken Award for Best Beer Communicator – Online
  • St Austell Brewery Award for Best Young Beer Writer
  • NEW FOR 2018: Long Live Your Local Award for Best Writer about Pubs. For the best writing or other communication about the British pub.
  • Guild Award for Best Beer and Travel Writer
  • Guild Award for Best Beer Writer, Corporate Communications
  • Guild Award for Best Beer Citizen Communicator

HOW TO ENTER

Please read the notes below and then enter via our dedicated Awards submission site HERE 

Digital or postal entries?

We prefer digital entries wherever possible – and we’ve made it easier than ever to enter your work this way, via our dedicated awards website here (link).  Simply click through to the category/ies you want to enter, upload your work and submit.  PDFs, MP3s and Word documents can be uploaded.

You may submit links to your work online, please list the links on a separate word document and upload it.  Please DO NOT list more than six links per category entered (we will only judge the first six listed) and remember that each  link counts as a separate entry – so you could submit three links plus three digital files, for example.

If you want to enter work not available digitally – – such as books or magazines – please post Guild of Beer Writers Awards, 44 Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2EP – just THREE copies are sufficient initially.

Whether you are entering work digitally, by post, or a combination of both, please register on our dedicated awards website here, so that we have a record of your entry.  This means that if you tell us you’re sending an entry by post, we can contact you if it doesn’t arrive.

Number of entries

You can enter SIX pieces of work per category. You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you may only enter any one piece of work into a maximum of TWO categories. The judges reserve the right to move work between different categories if appropriate.

Qualifying period

Work must have been published or broadcast between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 to be eligible for an Award.

Entering other people’s work

If you are entering work on behalf of someone else – eg a publisher entering a book on behalf of the author – please submit the entry digitally or by post, as above.  Please note that we ask that if possible the nominee is advised that their work is being submitted.

Deadline

The deadline for entries to the Awards is Friday 7 September

Return of submitted work

If you would like any book, magazine or other entries to be returned to you, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. We will do our very best to return entries if requested, but cannot guarantee this in all cases.

If you have any questions about the Awards please contact the Guild’s secretary, Ros Shiel, on 07841 694137 or email secretary@beerguild.co.uk

Good luck!