The North American Guild of Beer Writers announces its 5th annual Awards for writers, bloggers, broadcasters, and authors. Submit your work to the contest August 7 to August 25, 2017. 

The NAGBW Awards honor the best beer and brewing industry coverage in 11 categories. Please note the categories below and their descriptions, instructions, and examples of publication type within each Submittable category. 

Through the annual writing competition, the Guild aims to broaden the conversation about beer and brewing, raise the standards of writing and provide leadership and continuing education for practitioners of our profession, while also encouraging and supporting more participation throughout all media channels.


The 2017 NAGBW Awards categories:
Best Beer Book
Best Beer Podcast
Best Beer Blog
Best Beer and Food Writing
Best Beer and Travel Writing
Best Local Reporting
Best National/ International Reporting
Best Short Form Writing (fewer than 600 words)
Best History Writing
Best Technical Writing
Best Beer Criticism or Commentary

Deadline to apply: August 25, 2017

Eligible entries were published July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017


Submission guidelines:

Acceptable formats include: .pdf, .doc, .docx. URLs of stories can also be submitted in the "Cover Letter" section of the submission process.

The Submittable site accepts large files. One article/ item per entry, except where indicated for Blog and Podcast/ Broadcast. If you have a book that is not available in .pdf form or would prefer to submit a hard copy, please email bryandroth@gmail.com for mailing instructions.

Judging criteria:

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

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. Entry proceeds go toward winner prizes and modest judge stipends. Because there is some overlap, contestants may submit an entry in up to two eligible categories, though each submission requires an entry fee. We encourage contestants to enter the category best suited to their work.


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

NAGBW Director: Bryan Roth | bryandroth@gmail.com

See links to instructions and entry forms below. For questions email bryandroth@gmail.com. Follow NAGBW on Twitter and Facebook for updates. Enter soon, and good luck!

ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN GUILD OF BEER WRITERS –  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 http://www.nagbw.org.

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Submit your entry for the Best Beer Book category here. Eligible books focus on beer, including but not limited to cookbooks, beer guides, and beer travel books.

Book entries must be original works by an author or co-authors. Reprints and unpublished manuscripts are not eligible. Must have either ISBN or Library of Congress number. For recipe-based cookbooks, contestants have the option of submitting in the Beer and Food Writing category as well.

Online submissions are accepted through submittable.com, including books in PDF format. Large files are accepted. If your book is only available in print, please complete the entry form below and email bryandroth@gmail.com for shipping addresses. 

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.
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Submit your entry for the Best Beer and Food Writing category here. This category includes print or online media that places beer in the context of food, including but not limited to recipes and pairings.

One article/ item per entry. 

Online submissions are accepted through submittable.com, including books in PDF format. Large files are accepted. If your book is only available in print, please complete the entry form below and email bryandroth@gmail.com for shipping addresses. 

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.
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Submit your entry for the Best Beer and Travel Writing category here. This category includes print or online media that transports the reader to a place and provides guidance or insight to the location’s unique features and beer landscape. Beer travel books are eligible in this category or Best Beer Book. 

One article/ item per entry.

Online submissions are accepted through submittable.com, including books in PDF format. Large files are accepted. If your book is only available in print, please complete the entry form below and email bryandroth@gmail.com for shipping addresses. 

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 201. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.
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Submit entries for the Best Beer Blog category here. This category includes a blog series that explores the subject of beer.

Please select three posts that best represent your series. You may supply links and/ or upload in the format of .pdf or .doc, .docx

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

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Submit entries for the Best Beer Podcast/ Broadcast category here. This category includes any audio or video series that explores the subject of beer. 

Please submit three episodes that best represent your series. Online submissions are accepted through submittable.com in the format of .aac, .mp3, .mp4, and .mov.

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

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Submit your entry for the Best Local Reporting category here. This category includes print or online media covering significant issues of local concern, (alt weeklies, brewspapers, local newspapers submit here).

One article/ item per entry.

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

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Submit your entry for the Best National or International Reporting category here. This category includes print or online media covering significant issues of national or international concern, (magazines, online magazines and newspapers with national/ international circulation or readership submit here).

One article/ item per entry.

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

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Submit your entry for the Best Beer Commentary or Criticism category here. This category includes print or online media that provide a position or opinion with clear style and reasoning on a topic relating to the beer industry, (columns and editorials may submit here.)

One article/ item per entry.

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

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Submit your entry for the Best Historical Beer Writing category here. This category includes print or online media that chronicles beer historically through practice, recipe, people and similar historical accounts and stories. (trade media submit here).

One article/ item per entry.

Online submissions are accepted through submittable.com, including books in PDF format. Large files are accepted. If your book is only available in print, please complete the entry form below and email bryandroth@gmail.com for shipping addresses. 

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.


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Submit your entry for the Best Technical Beer Writing category here. This category includes print or online media that chronicles beer technically through production, business practice or similar methods (trade media submit here).

One article/ item per entry.

Online submissions are accepted through submittable.com, including books in PDF format. Large files are accepted. If your book is only available in print, please complete the entry form below and email bryandroth@gmail.com for shipping addresses. 

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.


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Submit your entry for the Best Short Form Beer Writing category here. This category includes beer writing from any publication, online or print, that contains fewer than 600 words.

One article/ item per entry.

The contest is open for entries from August 7 to 25, 2017. Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced on October 6. Entries for the 2017 competition must have been published between July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.