We are happy to announce The 2019 Feiring Line Wine Writing Award.
The Feiring Line Wine Writing Award will be granted to the best, never-before-published, non-fiction piece ranging between 1200 and 2500 words that pins wine in its cultural context.
While this sounds fancy, I only mean that the writer should actually do some research to support opinions and not just do a glib first person piece, profile or interview without thinking about why this story and why now. Also, try to have a story that has emotional, historical or cultural impact. So much of today’s wine writing is just photographic without giving context. It’s I saw this, drank this, did this. and so?? Where is the importance. Go ahead, give it a shot
Your entry can be an op-ed, a slice of your personal history, a reported piece from the field, or beyond. Some ideas? Sure. How hybrid varieties became reviled. A love affair with stemminess in wines. Your most humiliating wine moment. When it comes to wine, does style matter. The link between despots and abstinence (with Stalin being the great exception). The forgotten history of Jewish winemakers in Hungary. The history of vine pruning. Wine choices at White House dinners. The mysteries of malvazia. The lost history of païs. Why I love my personal wine glass. How drinking wine can bring world peace. Pushing stainless out of the winery. The rise of industrial natural wine. How I stopped drinking beer and learned to love wine.
Shall I go on?
The goal of the award is to bring heightened awareness to the notion that wine is an essential aspect of life. Whether it’s sensually hedonistic or philosophically symbolic, wine matters.
The extraordinary and diverse panel of judges includes novelist Amy Bloom, whose latest book is the acclaimed White Houses, Ray Isle, executive wine editor Food & Wine Magazine, Talia Baiocchi, editor-in-chief of PUNCH, Felicity Carter, editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, Christine Muhlke, contributing editor, Bon Appetit and founder of Bureau X, and Adam Sachs, former editor-in-chief of Saveur Magazine.
Please note, this competition is open to writers in the beginning of their career no matter what age. This is not the writing award for seasoned professionals but for those who haven’t as yet taken that plunge. Perhaps they write about other topics, or have a few pieces published here or there or have manuscripts in their drawer.
Even if you feel you are not ready, there is the opportunity to win the mentorship sessions, and in today’s writing world, mentorship is a rare and lovely thing. So sharpen those pencils, fill the fountain pen or fire up the computer.
Deadline for submission is January 28. 2019.
The winner will receive publication and a $500 cash award.
Two promising entrants will be awarded three mentorship sessions with Felicity Carter.
All who submit work will receive glassware from our sponsor govino.
Please submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org in attachment as well as in the body of the email. Please include your name, snail mail and email on both.