We are happy to announce those qualifying entries for the 2019 TFL Writing Mentorship Award!
Designed for the future wine writing star, the award is granted to the best, never-before-published, non-fiction piece ranging between 1200 and 2500 words that pins wine in its cultural context.
The extraordinary and diverse panel of judges included 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.
For the winning pieces, those judging were seeking voice with the knowledge that technique can be taught while voice, ah that’s a different matter.
The top entry is a beautiful piece from MEG BERNHARD for her piece, “Making Wine With a Woman.” She will receive an award of $500 and glassware from our sponsor, govino.
The three others who will undergo a fabulous mentoring package with judge, Felicity Carter are:
JAMES SLIGH for his piece, Thunder Road
AIMÉE LASSEIGNE NEW for her piece, The Struggle for Sweet
HANNAH FUELLENKEMPER for her piece, The Tower
The goal of the award was to bring heightened awareness to the notion that wine is an essential aspect of life. It was to help keep the art of wine writing alive, larger than the tasting note, and more global than “this is what I saw and this is what I tasted.”
While there are plenty of programs designed to pin food writing within the arts writing firmament, similar opportunities for wine writing are lacking. Hopefully this Award can be part of an award to change that.
Many, many thanks to our sponsors and especially to govino who is sending their reusable portable glassware to all who entered.