Entries Now Open for the 2020 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant

02 Jan 2020 7:27 AM | Bryan Roth (Administrator)

The North American Guild of Beer Writers, along with support from CraftBeer.com, is now accepting applications for the third year of its Diversity in Beer Writing Grant.

The goal of this grant is to highlight the value of stories that can showcase diversity and inclusion - in all its forms and challenges - within beer. To best align with this goal, and to support a growing collection of writers that have not traditionally been represented covering the beer industry, those who identify as female, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The winner of the grant will receive a cash stipend for completed work, which will be published on CraftBeer.com, a website for beer lovers published by the Brewers Association.

From now through Jan. 24, applications can be submitted online using this form. Interested writers must provide a cover letter, two samples of work, and a pitch for their story idea that explores areas of diversity and inclusion in beer. A writer's level of experience and previous outlets of publication will not be the determining factor in a successful application. Previous coverage does not have to include the beer industry - an emphasis is placed on uniqueness of pitch and storytelling, not an intimate knowledge of beer.

Chosen writers will receive a stipend of at least 50 cents per word for their work, up to $1,000 (depending on the kind of story, length, and other factors), to be paid upon completion and publication of the story on CraftBeer.com. 

A key goal of the Diversity in Beer Writing Grant is to provide an opportunity for writers of all skills and experience levels to cover a topic of personal interest and gain exposure to the industry.

Pitches should contain as much detail as possible for your idea and structure of a story, and display a clear direction of what the story will be. Review of pitches will take into consideration the overall idea, proposed execution, potential list of interviews and scope of story. Ability to provide photos with text should be noted, but will not influence the overall strength of an application.

Any materials submitted after noon EST Jan. 24 deadline will not be considered. NAGBW leadership will review applications and announce a recipient or recipients in February. Recipients receive editorial guidance and mentorship from NAGBW members, as well as insight from CraftBeer.com editors.

See the work of previous recipients:

For questions or more information about the grant, contact Bryan Roth, NAGBW director, at bryandroth@gmail.com.

Complete an application with this form.

Additional underwriting for the 2020 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant comes from Allagash Brewing Company.

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