Entries invited for Wine Writers Prize

The Famous Idea Trading Company
03/30/2012 08:28:53

South African wine writers are invited to enter the 4th Annual South African Wine Writers Award.

Articles written during 2011 and published in South Africa or on a recognized South African website, will be considered.

The wine writing community of South Africa is invited to submit one wine-related article per journalist. The articles will be anonymously judged by an independent panel of local and international judges. The panel is chosen by the organisers, and this year includes John Platter (founder of the internationally respected Platter’s South African Wine Guide), Matthew Jukes (wine columnist, voted the UK’s most influential wine writer in 2011) and Bruce Jack (Flagstone Winery cellarmaster, and winner of Wine of the Month Club’s Winemaker of the Year award in 2011).

The Wine Writers award was initiated in 2009 in acknowledgement and celebration of the literary art of wine writing in South Africa. It is presented annually by the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourist Association (FWVTA), in association with the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and carries a R25 000 cash prize, and a custom-made artwork. The award was won by Tim James last year, who was also the winner in 2010, and by Joanne Gibson in 2009.

The purpose of the award is to celebrate the art of wine writing, and the articles will be evaluated on both technical accuracy and literary quality. Articles should be submitted in the original language of publication. If necessary, they will be translated into English for judging purposes.

The articles will be forwarded anonymously to the panel of judges in an electronic PDF format.

After all three judges have agreed on a winner, he or she will be announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival over the weekend of 11 – 13 May this year. The judges’ decision is final.

The closing date for submission is Thursday 12 April 2012. Entries need to be submitted in MSWord format to The following information needs to be supplied: author, publication, date of publication, article title and author contact details.

About the South African Wine Writers Award

Established in 2009, the South African Wine Writers Award celebrates the literary art of wine writing in South Africa. It is presented annually by the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Association, in association with the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

About the Franschhoek Literary Festival

The FLF has gained an international reputation as a respected celebration of books and writers, with the focus on promoting South African writing and reading, and well supported by the local community. The aims of the Franschhoek Literary Festival are to appreciate and encourage writers and writing at informal events in a village setting, to foster a vibrant culture of reading that will excite children about reading and writing, and to raise funds for community and school libraries in the Franschhoek Wine Valley so that appropriate books are available to all. Account:
Gilly Hemphill

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