Eligibility Criteria for Open Fellowships
Applicants for open fellowships through the writing competition must register and submit their published works no later than November 1, 2015, for the 2016 Symposium. Like all other Symposium attendees, applicants are limited to professional editorial-oriented writers on wine, wine and food, and wine and travel who can demonstrate at least two paid, published byline articles on these subjects in the 12 months prior to applying.
To maintain the intimate peer-group environment of the Symposium, winery owners, professional winemakers, winery employees, winery communications, sales and marketing people, and full-time wine trade professionals are not eligible to attend.
All open fellowships for 2016 will be awarded to writers who have either never received a fellowship to the event, or who did not win a fellowship from 2013-2015. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2015.
A panel of three experienced wine writers/editors evaluates the submitted writing samples blind. Judges grade each applicant's work on the 100-point scale. Their scores for each person are averaged to determine the fellowship winners.
Judges look largely for writing quality, and for accurate wine knowledge. They are not necessarily looking for Masters of Wine treatises, but for writers who can inform, entertain and inspire readers on the subject of wine.
Judges adjust their evaluations somewhat based on the type of pieces submitted. If a writing sample is obviously a magazine piece, judges rate it by the standards of a magazine piece. If it is obviously from a blog, judges hold that piece to the standards of good blogging. If it's a video script then it doesn't have to read like a wine book, etc.
Judges look for something more than the typical wine column of four paragraphs with a list of recommended wines, but if it turns out to be the best four paragraphs and list of recommended wines that they've ever read, then that submission deserves a high score. We want to find the writers with the most talent and/or potential, and help them take their work to a higher level by learning more at the Symposium.
APPLYING FOR 2015 OPEN FELLOWSHIPS
The fellowships are open to any professional editorial wine writer, wine/food writer or wine/travel writer who did not receive a fellowship in 2013, 2014 or 2015. Each $2,000 fellowship covers the cost of Symposium registration as well as four nights' lodging at Meadowood Napa Valley. Travel and incidental costs are not covered. Fellowships will be awarded by a panel of independent professional wine writers/editors.
Fellowship applicants who write in languages other than English must submit their two writing samples in the original language and in English translation.
To apply for a 2016 open fellowship, you must register and submit your published works for review no later than November 1, 2015.
Editor's Choice Fellowships
Five Editor's Choice fellowships will be awarded for the next Symposium. The fellowship winners are selected from the wine writing community at large by five prominent editors in the wine, food and travel publishing business who in turn were selected by the Symposium Board of Directors. Editor's Choice fellowships are different from the open fellowships in that you don't have to apply for the fellowship to receive one.
1. Each fellowship covers the cost of Symposium registration as well as four nights' lodging at Meadowood Napa Valley. Travel and incidental costs are not included.
2. Publication sources for entries include books, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, websites and blogs.
3. Regarding a book entry, please send a copy of a single chapter.
4. Please submit a maximum of 3,000 words per article submitted, including book chapter.
5. Must register and submit published works by November 1, 2015.
6. Judges' scores will be compiled and averaged, and the director will award fellowships based on the highest average scores.
7. Awardees will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail by December 10, 2015, and their names will be posted on the fellowship page of the Symposium website.
8. Online Symposium registration is expected of all fellowship entrants, including providing credit card information to assure a room reservation and a spot at the Symposium. However, no deposits are taken against cards at time of registration for the fellowship entrants. Those who are not awarded a fellowship will be notified by e-mail. They are encouraged to attend the Symposium as regular registrants; however, should they choose not to attend, their registrations must be cancelled by January 12, 2016, to avoid charges.
If you have questions on fellowship applications, kindly contact
Jim Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.