Some of you may want to consider submitting an entry to this prestigious Annual Award which recognizes excellence in food writing. I received an email, quoted below, from Award organizers asking me to post an announcement on the blog, so here it is:
This year’s topic is BISKWIT: traditional cookies that have been part of Philippine food culture, nationally or locally, for at least 50 years.
There are many kinds including pan de San Nicolas, kamachile, uraro, roscas, biscocho principe among many others. Modern products, like today\’s chocolate chip cookies are not included.
English-language essays from 4,500 to 5,000 characters (800 words) will be judged for content (50%), research (30%), style (20%). The decision of the judges is final, and submissions become the property of the Manila Ladies Branch of the International Wine & Food Society, which manages the contest. Entries should be 2 pages, double-spaced on short bond paper. Submit 1 printed and 1 digital copy (Word [doc.] or rich text format [rtf] on a CD) of the essay. Deadline for submissions is end-September.
A contestant is allowed up to 2 entries, each with a different pen name as byline. Only post by special delivery or hand-deliver submissions. Each essay should be accompanied by an envelope containing the author\’s name, pen name, address/es, landline/s (residential, business or school, whichever are applicable; if a student, please specify grade level/course), email address, cellphone and FAX numbers.
Prizes include gift certificates from bookstores, publishing houses and restaurants; magazine subscriptions; publication of winning entries in newspapers and magazines; and invitation to the awarding ceremony. The Award is a tribute to the dean of Philippine food writers, a catalyst for national and international interest in Philippine cuisine, and founding Vice President of the Manila Ladies Branch of the International Wine & Food Society, steward of the Award.
DOREEN GAMBOA FERNANDEZ FOOD WRITING AWARD 2009
IWFS Manila Ladies Branch Awards Committee
PRISM, 5th floor, PDAF Bldg.,
Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1200
For inquiries or additional information, contact Girlie Canlas at 890-9666 or email@example.com.