The Guild of Beer Writers’ mission is ‘to extend the public knowledge and appreciation of beer and pubs.’ Our annual awards are more than a self-congratulatory pat on the back. They’re about helping beer and pubs gain the recognition they deserve.
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.
- 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 2017, and have started writing about beer no more than three years ago.
- For the new 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 £40 (for as many categories as you wish to enter). As joining the Guild costs only £40, we hope that you will consider becoming a member and then benefiting from free entry to the Awards. 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 a gold tankard.
When do we announce the winners?
We publish a shortlist of those entrants whose work is being considered for a prize, in November. The category winners, runners-up 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 Wednesday 29 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
- Shepherd Neame Classic Collection 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
- Maltsmiths Brewery Award for Best Beer Communicator – Online
- Badger Ales Award for Best Young Beer Writer
- There’s A Beer For That Award for Best Beer Broadcaster
- St Austell Brewery Award for Best Beer and Travel Writer
- Guild Award for Best Beer Writer – Corporate Communications
- NEW FOR 2017: Guild Award for Best Beer Citizen Communicator
HOW TO ENTER
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
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 one copy is enough (if you’re shortlisted, we’ll request more).
Whether you are entering work digitally, by post, or a combination of both, please register on our dedicated awards website here (link), 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.
Work must have been published or broadcast between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 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.
The deadline for entries to the Awards is Friday 8 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 Ros Shiel on 07841 694137 or email [email protected]
A selection of photos from last year’s Awards dinner and presentation