Have you ever fancied yourself a connoisseur of creative writing, with wine your forte? Perhaps you’ve already got a story brewing or fermenting inside of you. If all things wine and the wine industry are your passion, wine journalism may just be your true calling.
If you have yet to be published commercially, the Gourmet Traveller WINE New Wine Writer Award, held in conjunction with Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA), is your chance to kickstart your writing career.
Whether master or newbie, you are invited to submit a 1,000-word feature on a wine topic of your choice for a chance to be published in the December/January 2020 print and digital editions of Gourmet Traveller WINE. The winner will also receive a one-year membership to WCA valued at $170, an award-winner print and website graphic to use for promotional purposes and will be encouraged to contribute to future issues of Gourmet Traveller WINE.
To enter, send either a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org, or A4 document posted to Gourmet Traveller WINE, New Wine Writer Award, Ford Sherington House, 119 Kippax St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010. Entries must be received by 6 September 2019. The judges to impress include wine writer Huon Hooke, Angie Bradbury, GT WINE copy editor, Julian Rifkin and editor, Judy Sarris.
The three finalists will be invited to the awards celebration in Sydney on 13 November where the winner will be announced, along with WCA Awards for professional writers. Other awards include Digital Wine Communicator of the Year, Best Wine Educator, Best Wine Marketer, Best Published Feature Article or Wine Column, Best Wine Book, as well as Best Wine Publication, Best Wine Website or Wine App and overall Wine Communicator of the Year. The Wine Communicator of the Year will be selected from the winners of the various categories.
Pour yourself a glass of something bold, because you’re about to begin an epic adventure, and we can’t wait to read your story.
➼ 1. Write about anything to do with wine.
➼ 2. Choose a topic that will be equally relevant to an audience of wine buffs as well as everyday enthusiasts.
➼ 3. Provide copy that’s succinct and interesting.
➼ 4. Get your facts straight.
➼ 5. Know that good grammar, spelling and overall presentation will contribute to your score.
➼ 6. Stick (as closely as possible) to the nominated word count.
➼ 7. Remember that wine writing should never be boring; it should be fun.
➼ 8. Avoid lengthy first-person tales that are unlikely to be of any value to the reader.
➼ 9. Make sure you include your name and contact details at the bottom of your story.
➼ 10. Meet the deadline.
Photography by Aaron Burden