thought about turning your hand to creative writing, with wine your subject of choice? Perhaps you’ve already got an article on the ferment or there’s a tale you’ve always wanted to tell. Should all things to do with the grape be an obsession, then wine journalism might well be your true calling – and The WINE Magazine New Wine Writer Award could be your chance to kickstart your writing career.

Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or a wine professional, providing you’ve not been published commercially before, you are invited to submit a 1,000-word feature on a wine topic of your choice for a chance to be published in a future issue of The WINE Magazine and on The WINE Magazine digital edition.

Send a Word document via email to the editor: daniel@thewinemagazine.com, entries must be received by Monday, December 7, 2022. The judges to impress include The WINE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Judy Sarris, Editor Daniel Honan and Chief Sub-Editor, Cheree Corbin.

The winner will be published in the Autumn issue (Vol 23 No 1), where the top three finalists will be also revealed. Recent past winners and entrants who continue to write for The WINE Magazine include Madeleine Horrigan, Marcus Best and Josh Martin. Come and join their ranks!  


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.