Entries Now Open for 2022 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant

The North American Guild of Beer Writers is now accepting applications for the fifth year of its Diversity in Beer Writing Grant.

The goal of this grant is to highlight the value of stories that showcase diversity and inclusion – in all its forms and challenges – within beer. To best align with this goal, and to support a growing collection of journalists that have not traditionally been represented covering the beer industry, those who identify as female, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Winners receive a cash stipend for completed work.

Application Information

  • From now through Feb. 1, applications can be submitted online using this form
  • Interested writers must provide a cover letter, two samples of work from any type of coverage or beat, and a pitch for their story idea that explores areas of diversity and inclusion in beer. 
  • Multimedia projects, including audio, video, or social media-focused ideas are welcomed.
  • A journalist’s level of experience and previous outlets of publication will not be a determining factor in a successful application. 

Previous coverage and experience does not have to include the beer industry – an emphasis is placed on uniqueness of pitch and storytelling, not an intimate knowledge of beer. A key goal of the Diversity in Beer Writing Grant is to provide an opportunity for writers of all skills and experience levels to cover a topic of personal interest and gain exposure to the industry.

The Pay

Chosen writers will receive a stipend of 50 cents per word for their work, up to $1,000. Adjustments for pay will be accommodated if a selected pitch is another media format, but no more than $1,000. Length of story or other project will be agreed on with editors before reporting. The final amount will be paid after completion and publication of a story. 

Your Pitch

Pitches describing your story idea should contain as much detail as possible and display a clear direction. Review of pitches will take into consideration the overall idea, proposed execution, potential list of interviews, and scope of story. We’re seeking stories of all kinds from all over, and welcome submissions that tell stories about:

  • Homebrewing
  • Festivals focused on inclusion and engaging new audiences
  • Efforts to advance knowledge and appreciation about beer
  • Profiles of interesting people and organizations
  • Topical news or historical insights focused on culture and community

This is not an exhaustive list and we encourage original reporting on all topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to provide photos with text should be noted, but will not influence the overall strength of an application.

The Deadline

Any materials submitted after noon EST Feb. 1 deadline will not be considered. NAGBW and CraftBeer.com leadership will review applications and announce a recipient or recipients in February. Recipients receive editorial guidance and mentorship from NAGBW members.

Previous Stories

Familiarize yourself with past stories to understand the kind of reporting that has come from the Diversity in Beer Writing Grant:

For questions or more information about the grant, contact Bryan Roth, NAGBW director, at bryandroth@gmail.com.

Complete an application with this form.

Additional underwriting for the 2022 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant comes from the Brewers Association and Allagash Brewing Company.

Author: Bryan Roth

Beer enthusiast and homebrewer.

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