Entries are now open for the 2016 Veritas Young Wine Writers Competition. This contest, presented by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA), aims to identify exciting new voices in the wine industry. Further, it presents an opportunity for the wine industry to engage with the next generation of wine enthusiasts on various current issues related to wine.
According to SANWSA chairman, Charles Hopkins, the rapidly evolving digital era has created a multitude of platforms for sharing information. “As stakeholders in the wine industry, we have a responsibility to ensure that as a collective, we are part of the discussion surrounding South African wine, and that we help to cultivate a culture of wine interest and knowledge in a new generation of readers and consumers. We believe that this competition will allow creative young voices to be heard, thereby stimulating a vibrant and dynamic dialogue on all matters wine-related.”
The competition is open to all South African citizens/residents between the ages of 18 and 35. No persons in full-time employment as wine writers in this age group are permitted to enter, nor previous winners of this competition.
Participants are requested to submit two entries: one article of 700 words, and one blog post of 300 words.
The article must be written on the following: Should SA reposition itself as “the vineyard of Africa” rather than a supplier of cheap and cheerful wine to the northern hemisphere?
The blog must be written on: Tripadvisor is a powerful tool for consumers to have their say. Could social media replace traditional wine guides?
All entries will be judged by a panel of experienced and distinguished South African wine writers.
Guidelines to consider include
The winner is set to receive a cash prize of R15 000 and the runner-up R7 500. Entries may be submitted in any of the 11 official South African languages. All participants are to send this in MS Word format to: email@example.com along with a short CV of the entrant and stating specific details of previous wine writing activities.
The completion closes at 18:00 on Wednesday 2nd November 2016. Requests for an entry form or any enquiries can be directed to SANWSA at the above e-mail address.
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