North American Guild of Beer Writers Opens Submissions for 2023 Awards

The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) will hold its 9th annual competition for writers, podcasters, bloggers, authors, and broadcasters.

The awards honor the best coverage of beer and the brewing industry across 15 categories. This year’s awards are generously sponsored by Athletic Brewing Company and Untappd.

  • Winners in each category receive a cash prize of $400 (first place), $200 (second place), and $75 (third place).
  • Each category will include an “Emerging Voice” award for a person who has covered the beer industry for three years or less. They will receive a $25 prize.

Through this annual competition, the Guild aims to broaden the conversation about beer and brewing and to celebrate quality journalism.

A full list of rules and category descriptions can be found here.


  • The 2023 NAGBW Awards will accept entries from Monday, July 31 to Monday, August 28.
  • Entries for the 2023 competition must have been published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Categories and entry forms

Entry info

All writers, podcasters, bloggers, video producers, and others who produce content related to beer are encouraged to enter. An author doesn’t need to regularly cover the beer industry to submit their work.

  • An individual may enter work or have work entered on their behalf in no more than four total categories.
  • A single publication may submit no more than five entries per category.

Entry fees

Entry fees are required to submit work. All fees help cover the costs of the annual awards. Fees are prorated for members at $15 per entry. Non-members pay $30 per entry. You must be a current paid member of the NAGBW to receive the discount. To join the NAGBW, please allow 24 hours for your application to be processed at

Additional info

Judging will occur in August and September, with winners announced in October. As in past years, the NAGBW awards include different judges overseeing each category, with multiple judges per category. In 2022, roughly 50 judges oversaw the competition, with more than half coming from the journalism field. They had a combined 400 years of experience in this field. Additional judges were professionals in academia, communications/marketing, and the beer industry.

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