North American Guild of Beer Writers

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The North American Guild of Beer Writers announces its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors.

As of June 2014, there are more than 3,000 breweries in existence with many new breweries and brewpubs in planning across the United States. When Canada is included, that number climbs even higher. Yet many media outlets in cities and towns of all sizes still do not regularly cover craft beer or brewing in their local newspapers, magazines or radio stations. 

With the formation of the North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) and an annual writing competition, the NAGBW aims to broaden the conversation about beer and brewing, raise the standards of writing, provide leadership and continuing education for practitioners of our profession, while also encouraging and supporting more participation throughout all media channels.

The 2014 NAGBW Awards is now accepting entries, at

The NAGBW’s Awards honor the best beer and brewing industry coverage in eight categories. Journalism, feature writing, freelance authors, blogs and broadcast -- published in print or online -- are eligible.

Judges will evaluate entries based on the following criteria:

Readability 25%
Voice and style 25%
Knowledge of subject/accuracy/factual content 20%
Creativity/originality 15%
Interest/newsworthiness 15%

Deadline to apply: August 25, 2014

Beer writing/broadcasts dated between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 are eligible.

Fees are prorated for members ($15 per entry) /non-members ($30 per entry). You must be a current paid member of the NAGBW to get the discount.

To join the NAGBW, please allow 24 hours for your application to be processed at

Questions: email or contact NAGBW via Twitter @nagbw

NAGBW Co-chairs, Jay Brooks (PST) and Don Russell (EST)

NAGBW Director Lucy Saunders (CST) 800-760-5998

NAGBW Awards Director Erika Bolden (PST)

See links to instructions and entry forms below. Follow @nagbw on Twitter for updates.

Enter soon, and good luck!

ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN GUILD OF BEER WRITERS – The new Guild has members from USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Costa Rica. Guild membership is open to all writers and content producers who cover beer and brewing, although industry and associate memberships are both non-voting categories. For more information, visit