Guild of Food Writers Awards 2022

About the Guild of Food Writers Awards

The Guild of Food Writers Awards recognise outstanding achievement in areas where food writers work and have influence. They are awarded annually and are the only awards judged entirely by professional food writers, editors and broadcasters. The Guild Awards were inaugurated in 1996 and reflect the Guild’s commitment to encouraging new and established food writers.

 

If you are unsure about which category you should enter or have any questions about the awards process please contact the Awards Coordinator at awards@gfw.co.uk.

 

Entries have now closed for the 2022 Awards.

 

Find out all about our Awards evening on Wednesday 22nd June 2022, click here. 

 

You can read the Awards Programme here

There are 15 main awards categories:

The winners of each Award will be announced at the Guild of Food Writers Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 22 June 2022 at the Royal Institution in London.

Food Podcast or Broadcast Award

Sponsored by Trewithen Dairy.

 

This award has been given for many years in recognition of excellence in a television or radio broadcast and in 2019 was extended to include video and podcasts. The entry may be a complete programme, series, or one part of a single programme.

 

Where a series is nominated, the whole series will be supplied, and please highlight one episode that the judging panel must view or listen to in the first instance.

 

To qualify for the 2022 awards your entry must have been broadcast or released between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

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Food Writing Award

This award is given for the best food-related articles published in newspapers, magazines or online, including work with a focus on travel (but not restaurant reviews). The work may contain recipes, but recipes should not form the bulk of the text. Material may be nominated only if the author has been commissioned and paid for the work and it is not self-published. 

 

The award is judged on the basis of five pieces of work which should be supplied in PDF or JPEG format or as links to an online source (please note that the latter should be free to access and not require a subscription).

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards all of the work entered must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

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Recipe Writing Award

Sponsored by Gold Top .

 

This award goes to the writer of the best recipe-led work published in a magazine, newspaper or newspaper supplement or online. It may also include recipes that promote food brands such as leaflets, packaging and online work. Material may be nominated only if the author has been commissioned and paid for the work and it is not self-published.

 

The award is judged on the basis of five pieces of work which should be supplied in PDF or JPEG format or as links to an online source (please note that the latter should be free to access and not require a subscription).

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards all of the recipes entered must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

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Restaurant Writing Award

Sponsored by Caulishoots™

 

The best restaurant writers present their opinions in a readable, reliable and responsible way. Given the difficulties presented by the COVID pandemic the Guild understands that the opportunity to write ‘traditional’ restaurant reviews has been limited in 2021. Therefore, for the 2022 awards we ask for three pieces of work to be entered which may be from the same or different publications and may have appeared online, in print or both.

 

These should be restaurant focused but may include opinion pieces on the hospitality industry, interviews with chefs or reviews on alternative services offered by restaurants (eg meal boxes) to address the business challenges of the pandemic. Restaurant-focused work may be nominated only if the author has been commissioned and paid for the work and it is not self-published.

 

The award is judged on the basis of three pieces of work which should be supplied in PDF or JPEG format or as links to an online source (please note that the latter should be free to access and not require a subscription).

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards all of the work entered must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

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Drinks Writing Award

Sponsored by Champagne Drappier.

 

This award is given to the best writer of drink-related work published in newspapers, magazines or online. The work may cover both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including wine, beer, spirits, tea and coffee. Material may be nominated only if the author has been commissioned and paid for the work and it is not self-published. 

 

The award is judged on the basis of five pieces of work which should be supplied in PDF or JPEG format or as links to an online source (please note that the latter should be free to access and not require a subscription).

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards all of the work entered must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

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Investigative Food Work Award

Sponsored by KellyBronze.

 

This award, given in memory of the Guild’s first president, Derek Cooper, honours food writing that is persuasive and opens readers’ eyes to what is happening in the food world, often behind the scenes.  Entries may include, for instance, work informing the public about agricultural and manufacturing processes, or campaigning to raise standards in the food supply chain. It is open to work in broadcasting as well as print and online, and to works by single authors or by organisations.

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards the work entered must have been published or broadcast between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

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Food Magazine or Section Award

Sponsored by Lakeland

 

This award is given to the editorial team responsible for magazines and periodicals that take food as their main subject or food sections comprising a collection of articles within a larger publication. Online nominations should have clearly-defined issues or food sections which are emailed or made available to subscribers as a collection of content published together on the same date. The award is judged on the basis of between two and four issues or editions of the magazine or section.

 

Where possible please supply these in a digital format such as a PDF or a link on issuu.com (or similar platform).

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards the magazines and periodicals must have been published in the UK between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

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Online Food Writing Award

Sponsored by Cornish Sea Salt.

 

Formerly the Food Blog and Social Media Award, this award recognises the skill and dedication required to create and maintain an online presence dedicated to food. This includes blogs and social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. 

 

Blogs are eligible if they are written by up to two individuals who may or may not write professionally. If there are more than two contributors to the blog the individual authors may instead be eligible for the Food Writing, Recipe Writing or Restaurant Writing category (providing the work has been commissioned and paid for, ie not in kind).

 

The material may be text- or recipe-led and will be judged on the quality of the writing over a 12 month period (January 2021 to December 2021). As well as the overall blog/instagram/facebook page the nominator should also provide specific links to 5 individual posts for closer consideration. 

 

To qualify for entry in the 2022 awards the posts entered (and related social media) must have been published in the English language between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

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Self-Published Work Award

A self-published work consists of printed material that is available to the public for purchase. It may take the form of a book, a leaflet, a ‘zine. It must relate directly to the topic of food and may include photographs, illustrations, or consist solely of written material. This is not a ‘debut book’ award and entries will be accepted by total newcomers, as well as established authors. 

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards all of the work entered must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first. The work should also be readily available to buy in the UK. Entries must be entirely self-published (ie the author has undertaken all of the publishing decisions and funded the project independently). Entries must not have been published through an imprint of an established publisher although authors who have used the services of self-publishing companies such as Matador or Unbound would be eligible to enter this category.
 
Please note that if you enter work into this category, you may also enter work into the General Cookbook; Specialist or Single Subject Cookbook; International or Regional Cookbook; Food Book; Drinks Book; Food Magazine or Section, or First Book categories.

If you are entering a ‘zine or newsletter into this category, individual articles written by yourself would not be eligible for the Food Writing, Drinks Writing or Restaurant Writing Categories.

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First Book Award

This award is given to a writer of any age, provided that the entry is his or her first cookery book, food book or drinks book.

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards your book must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

 

Please note that if you enter a book into this category, you may also enter the book into the General Cookbook; Specialist or Single Subject Cookbook; International or Regional Cookbook; Food Book; Drinks Book; or Self-Published Work categories.

 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept entries from anyone who has co-authored a food or drink themed book in the past even if this is their first solo publication. However, ‘ghost writers’ who have written books on behalf of other people (eg chefs, celebrities etc) are eligible so long as they are not listed as the co-author on the cover of those previous publications.

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Drinks Book Award

Sponsored by Cramele Recas.

 

Books entered in this category should focus on beverages rather than food. The work may cover both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including wine, beer, spirits, tea and coffee. 

 

All books entered must be first editions and not second or subsequent editions, unless they have been substantially revised.

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards your book must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

 

Please note that if you enter a book into this category it will not be eligible for any other category unless:

- it is your first cookery or food or drink book, when it will also be eligible for entry in the First Book Award category; or

- it is self published, when it will also be eligible for entry in the Self-Published Work Award category.

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Food Book Award

Sponsored by Westmorland Family Farmshop & Kitchen.

 

This may be a biography, a historical study, or a study of the gastronomy or food culture of one or more cities, countries or regions; it could be a guidebook, encyclopaedia or compendium, even a technical handbook. Recipes, if they form part of the work, should serve to illuminate the text, rather than lead it. As a general rule we expect a food book to contain fewer than 20 recipes with the majority of the book being text.

 

All books entered must be first editions and not second or subsequent editions, unless they have been substantially revised.

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards your book must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

 

Please note that if you enter a book into this category it will not be eligible for any other category unless:

- it is your first cookery or food or drink book, when it will also be eligible for entry in the First Book Award category; or

- it is self published, when it will also be eligible for entry in the Self-Published Work Award category.

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International or Regional Cookbook Award

This award covers international or regional cuisines, including British food, and encompasses those with a travel element. Recipes and, if appropriate, the practicalities of cooking should be the main focus. The golden rule will always be to look for a book which is excellent of its type and which you can’t wait to cook from.

 

All books entered must be first editions and not second or subsequent editions, unless they have been substantially revised.

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards your book must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

 

Please note that if you enter a book into this category it will not be eligible for any other category unless:

- it is your first cookery or food or drink book, when it will also be eligible for entry in the First Book Award category; or

- it is self published, when it will also be eligible for entry in the Self-Published Work Award category.

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Specialist or Single Subject Cookbook Award

This award covers books with focus on a particular technique, ingredient, food group or single subject, for example fermenting or fish. Recipes and, if appropriate, the practicalities of cooking should be the main focus.

 

All books entered must be first editions and not second or subsequent editions, unless they have been substantially revised.

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards your book must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

 

Please note that if you enter a book into this category it will not be eligible for any other category unless:

- it is your first cookery or food or drink book, when it will also be eligible for entry in the First Book Award category; or

- it is self published, when it will also be eligible for entry in the Self-Published Work Award category.

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General Cookbook Award

Sponsored by ETI/Thermapen.

 

Books entered in this category should focus on recipes and the practicalities of cooking, but they can be based on any cuisine, historical period or diet. There is a separate category for International or Regional cookbooks, and Specialist and Single Subject cookbooks.

 

All books entered must be first editions and not second or subsequent editions, unless they have been substantially revised.

 

To qualify for entry into the 2022 awards your book must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 ideally in the UK first.

 

Please note that if you enter a book into this category it will not be eligible for any other category unless:

- it is your first cookery or food or drink book, when it will also be eligible for entry in the First Book Award category; or

- it is self published, when it will also be eligible for entry in the Self-Published Work Award category.

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Who is eligible for entry?

We are now inviting entries for the Guild Awards 2022. You do not need to be a member of the Guild of Food Writers to enter. However, the work you are entering: must have been published or broadcast or released, in the English language, in the UK, in the calendar year 2021; should ideally have been published in the UK before publication in any other country; must, if published online, be from a site based principally in the UK; must be a work of non-fiction. Any work that does not meet all these requirements cannot be considered. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

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How do I enter?

The closing date for completing entry forms was Monday 31 January 2022 and all materials have to be with the judges by Friday 25 February 2022.

 

You may nominate work in as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate online entry form for each nomination. 

 

Please note that if you enter a book in one of the book categories it will not be eligible for any other category unless:

- it is your first cookery or food or drink book, when it will also be eligible for entry in the First Book Award category; or

- it is self published, when it will also be eligible for entry in the Self-Published Work Award category.

You may nominate your own or someone else’s work. In either case, you are responsible for deciding in which category or categories it is to be entered, but lead judges may at their discretion reallocate works to a different category. In this event, the nominator will be required to supply copies of the work to the new judges.

 

If you are uncertain as to which category work should be entered, please contact the Awards Co-ordinators for advice (awards@gfw.co.uk).

You are also responsible for ensuring that a total of five complete copies of the material being entered are delivered to each of the five judges for that category.

 

The names and addresses or email addresses of the judges for the relevant award will be sent to you upon receipt of the application form.

 

All Awards communications and nominated work must be clearly marked with the relevant category and nominator’s details.

 

Whoever completes the entry form is responsible for making sure that copies of the work(s) are despatched in good time for judges to receive them, regardless of who is despatching them. The Guild regrets that if entries arrive late, the work cannot be considered for the awards.

 

With the exception of books, judges we encourage all entries to be submitted as digital files (eg PDF or JPEG) or as online links. For the book categories physical copies of the publication may be sent to the judges.

 

The Guild Awards celebrate the UK's best food writing. Where entries are a collaborative effort, the Guild asks that those nominating the work, be they authors or publishers, acknowledge this on the application form.

 

Please read the information above about the various awards categories and then you can access the online entry form by clicking here.

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How are the awards judged?

For each award category, the Committee of the Guild of Food Writers appoints a lead judge. The remaining four judges are selected at random from the Guild membership. No judges may have any of their own work entered in the category they are judging. The recipient of each award is (are) the writer(s) or presenter(s) of, or in the case of the Magazine or Section Award, the editorial team behind, the winning work. No discussion or correspondence, outside the meetings of the judges, will be entered into. The judges’ decisions are final.

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How will I know who has won?

The shortlisted writers or broadcasters will normally be notified by telephone or email as soon as possible after judging has finished, usually during May. Anyone who does not give either a telephone number or an email address will be notified by post. The shortlist will also be published on the Guild’s website. The winners of each prize will be announced on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

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Is there a prize?

The winning entry in each category will receive a trophy.

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