Grenache vines of Alkina Wine Estate.

EVER thought about turning your hand to creative writing, with wine as your subject? Should all things to do with the grape be an obsession, then the Gourmet Traveller WINE New Wine Writer Award, held in conjunction with Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA), is your chance to kickstart your career.

Whether you’re an enthusiast or professional, providing you’ve not been published commercially before, you are invited to submit a 1,000-word article on a wine topic of your choice for a chance to be featured in the print and digital editions of Gourmet Traveller WINE. The winner will also receive a one-year membership to WCA valued at A$170, along with graphics to use for promotional purposes.

Enter either a Word document via email to the editor: jsarris@gourmettravellerwine.com, 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 28 August, 2020. The judges to impress include GT WINE editor Judy Sarris, contributor Huon Hooke and Angie Bradbury, principal at Bradbury & Co.

The three finalists will be revealed on 12 October and will be invited to the awards celebration in Sydney on 18 November, 2020 where the winner will be announced, along with the WCA Awards for professional writers.

Other awards include Digital Wine Communicator of the Year, Best Wine Educator, Best Wine Public Relations Campaign, 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, won by GT WINE in 2016. The Wine Communicator of the Year will be selected from the winners of the various categories.

Pour a glass of something that will bring you inspiration, and let your tale unfold. We can’t wait to read your entries.

10 Tips for Success

➼ 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 to 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.