Entries open for British Guild of Beer Writers awards

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Entries for the annual competition for beer writing, the British Guild of Beer Writers, opened today, with a total prize fund of £8,500.

The competition is open to anyone who communicates about beer or pubs. Entries are welcome not just from writers, but from bloggers, broadcasters, photographers, illustrators, designers.

Books, national or regional press articles, websites, films, in-house magazines and podcasts can all be submitted, either by the creator or on their behalf by a publisher, associate or admirer.

The work will be judged on the best execution of the Guild’s mission “to extend public knowledge and appreciation of beer and pubs”.

Guild chairman Tim Hampson said: “Beer is without doubt the most interesting and dynamic sector of the UK drinks market, thanks to the sheer number of brewers, the diversity of beer styles and the innovation which is producing some of the most exciting beers in the world.

“There has never been a better time to be a beer writer in this country and we look forward to receiving entries for this year’s Awards, confident that they will reflect the enthusiasm, expertise and professional talent of those who communicate about beer and pubs.”

Entries will be judged by a small panel of judges. This year’s chair of judges is Ben McFarland, current Beer Writer of the Year.

The winners will be announced at the British Guild of Beer Writers annual awards dinner, on Thursday 6 December in central London.

Full details of all seven categories in the Awards, and how to enter, can be found at www.beerwriters.co.uk​ Closing date for entries is Friday 7 September.

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