Food journalists wanted! Are you the next Young Food Writer of the Year?

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11th January 2018

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ARE you the next Shakespeare of steak, the JK Rowling of risotto, or the Pullman of pulled pork? What we’re asking is: are you a tasty writer?

The competition

To celebrate ten years of the Guild of Food Writers’ Write It competition in partnership with Pink Lady®, we’ve got a challenge for all of you budding food journalists out there to really get your teeth into. If you love food and have a wonderful way with words, then you could be named the next Young Food Writer of the Year!

Young Food Writer of the Year

So, what does that mean? Well, for starters it means bragging rights for you (obviously). But, it also means you could win some prizes that money just can’t buy. You’ll have your work read by some amazing chefs and judges like Rick Stein and Meera Sodha. You’ll bag a stash of fab cookbooks. And, depending on your age, you’ll have your writing featured in some top-class publications like First News as well as on the Pink Lady®, Guild of Food Writers and delicious. websites!

Meera Sodha – a cook and author of two best-selling cookbooks: Made in India and Fresh India. She’s also on the judging panel

Stefan Gates – TV writer, presenter and author of food adventures! He’s one of this year’s judges

A special task

If this has got your mouth watering and your writing hand raring to go, then read on to find out what we’re asking you to do.

This year’s competition is a special one, so we’ve got a special task for our entrants. The Guild of Food Writers’ top food panel have decided that they’re looking for your best stories that are all about how food goes hand in hand with celebration.

How to enter

It could be that there’s a specific dish that always says ‘celebration’ to you, or a big family event you went to where the food blew you away, or maybe you’ve dreamed up the perfect feast fit for any fiesta. You could write about anything and everything, as long as it follows these simple rules:

  • Your story must be the following length:

– Aged 10 and under – up to 250 words

– Aged 11-14 – up to 500 words

– Aged 15-18 – up to 750 words

  • Your story must be based on the theme of food and celebration.
  • You must get your entry in by 30 April 2018 to
  • You must absolutely have loads of fun writing your story!

The judges

This is a real chance to let your creativity shine and have your writing judged by the likes of English chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter Rick Stein, alongside the Guild of Food Writers’ lead judge and editor of delicious. magazine – Karen Barnes.

Martha Collison – a baking columnist and food writer

Martha Collison said: “As a baker, I notice how every celebration we have is centred around food. At birthdays and weddings, we gather around cakes to wish our loved ones well. All religious celebrations are crowned with festive cakes or breads designed for sharing. To celebrate is to share, whether that be food or experiences, and we at Write It can’t wait to delve into the stories you share with us.”

And finally…

Phew, that’s it. But, before you run to the cupboard and grab your pens and paper, make sure you take the time to find all the information you need to enter (as well as get a look at the full list of prizes) at

All that’s left for us to say is good luck and we can’t wait to read all of your wonderful stories!


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· 4 years ago


ecrabbit · 4 years ago

That sounds quite fun! I am not sure about entering though. Good luck!! ?

· 4 years ago

Wats the prize

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· 4 years ago

I don't get it?!?!?!?!?!?!

· 4 years ago

Good luck to anyone doing it !!!
I prefer doing it to writing about cooking.

· 4 years ago

Love food, cooking, growing, writing.
Can't wait