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Alan Lodge Award entry deadline nears

Drinks writers across the globe are encouraged to enter the Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year Award 2021.

Writers have until Friday 29 October to enter the 2021 award

The award is open to journalists, columnists and bloggers around the world under the age of 35, who write about wine, beer, spirits and cocktails.

Applicants have until Friday 29 October to submit up to three pieces of writing, published online or in print between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.

Entries will be assessed by panel a of objective, experienced judges to determine the 2021 winner.

The annual award was launched in 2012 in memory of Alan Lodge, the late deputy editor of The Spirits Business.

The results will be announced at The Spirits Business Awards ceremony in London in November, before being published in print and online in December 2021.

Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business, said: “As the deadline for this year’s writing award nears, I’d encourage all writers to dig out their best pieces of work and put them forward to be considered for this prestigious award.

The Spirits Business team is committed to honouring Alan Lodge’s memory through this award, and celebrate great writers around the world. We can’t wait to read the high-calibre of entries we’ve come to expect over the years.”

Last year’s winner was Susannah Skiver Barton, who at the time was senior editor at Whisky Advocate and editor-at-large for Market Watch, and is now a freelance writer and consultant.

Submissions should be sent as a URL, PDF or Word document to or

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