Entries now open for Alan Lodge drinks writer award 2019

Entries are now open for the Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year Award 2019, celebrating talented journalists, bloggers and authors across the spirits, wine, beer and cocktail sectors.

Launched in 2012 in honour of the late editor of The Spirits Business, Alan Lodge, the award is assessed by an independent panel of judges, and is open to drinks writers under 35 across the industry.

Prospective candidates must submit three pieces of work published online or in print between 1 January and 31 December 2018. The deadline for entries is 15 April 2019.

The winner will be announced at The Drinks Business Awards, which will take place at the London Wine Fair this May.

Past winners include Hamish Smith, Laura Foster, Amy Hopkins, Tyler Wetherall and Margarett Waterbury. Last year, New York-based writer Dan Q Dao was named Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year 2018.

Hopkins, the current Spirits Business editor, said: “The Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year Award has two primary aims: to honour the memory of a much loved and missed drinks journalist, and to showcase new writing talent from around the world.

“The award is an incredible validation for young journalists and is a great boost to their credentials. I’d encourage anyone who is proud of something they’ve written to enter.”

To enter, email nuria@unionpress.co.uk. Please send entries as URLs, PDFs or Word documents.

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