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The 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival Wine Writers’ Awards

Wine Writers Invited to Submit Entries for Two Prizes

In the 7th year of the annual Franschhoek Literary Festival Wine Writers’ Award, we invite writers to submit entries in one or two categories, to win prizes with a total value of R25 000.

Writers who live in South Africa are invited to enter the short-form and/or long-form categories. Wine journalism on a South African wine topic will be considered. If necessary, articles will be translated for judging purposes.

Writers entering articles for consideration for the short-form prize should submit 6-8 pieces of up to 1 000 words each, written for a column or a blog. At least six pieces must be submitted to offer the judges the opportunity to assess the consistency of writing across the range.

Entries for the long-form prize should be between 1 000 and 4 000 words. They can either be unpublished, or published between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015. Only one entry per writer will be accepted.

The closing date for submission is Tuesday 31 March 2015.

  • Articles should be submitted in MSWord format to
  • Include a cover page with the author’s name, the publication and date of publication for short-form entries and previously published long-form entries, the article title, and the author’s contact details.
  • State whether the submission is for the short-form or long-form prize.
  • Short-form pieces must be sent in one batch, not individually.

The entries will be sent, without names attached, to a panel of independent judges, comprised of two local wine experts – radio broadcaster John Maytham and chef/cookbook writer/wine-and-food-pairing consultant Marlene van der Westhuizen, and the international judge for the 2015 competition, Tim Atkins – wine master, wine journalist and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge.

The judging panel will consider the following criteria in making their decisions:

  • Excellent, well-informed writing of literary quality
  • Technical accuracy
  • Fresh perspectives and insights
  • Good storytelling – wit and humour welcome
  • In the case of the short-form entries, consistent excellence across all the entries.

The judges’ decision will be final.

The winner in each category will receive R12 500, and the overall winner, chosen from the two category winners, will receive an original artwork.

The prizes the 2015 Wine Writers’ Awards are funded by the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and will be presented by the CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Valley at a special event at the festival.

For information on the Franschhoek Literary Festival or the Wine Writers Awards, contact Ann Donald at


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