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.
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
Familiarize yourself with past stories to understand the kind of reporting that has come from the Diversity in Beer Writing Grant:
- Holly Regan (2021): The Still Point of the Turning World: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
- Ashley Rodriguez (2021): The Complexity of Mexican Lagers and Latinx People in the Brewing Industry
- Jonathan Andrade (2021): SoCal Cerveceros, America’s Largest Latino-Based Homebrew Club, Is Making Its Mark
- Jen Blair (2021): A Seat at the Table: Vegan, Vegetarian Food Offer Breweries Gateway to New Customers
- Stephanie Grant (2020): Creating Safe Spaces for Women in the Beer Industry
- Alessandra Bergamin (2020): A Cross-Border Brew Fosters the Next Generation of Latina Brewers
- Louis Livingston-Garcia (2020): Brewing Change Collaborative Tackles Diversity in the Twin Cities Beer Community
- Beth Demmon (2019): Craft, Community, and Children: The State of Parenting in the American Beer Industry
- Adriana Fraser (2019) Celebrating Women in Beer at 2019 Beer With(out) Beards Festival
- Rebecca Johnson (2018): Pride, Not Prejudice: Brewing Safe Spaces for the LGBTQ+ Community
For questions or more information about the grant, contact Bryan Roth, NAGBW director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional underwriting for the 2022 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant comes from the Brewers Association and Allagash Brewing Company.