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 Trade publications The SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel recently announced an essay contest for a full scholarship to the 2015 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley, February 17-20.

"The Tasting Panel and The Somm Journal are publications that speak to the gatekeepers of the hospitality industry,” said Publisher and Editorial Director Meridith May, who serves on the Symposium’s faculty. “We are always on the lookout for that writer whose voice is eloquent, entertaining and educational when it comes to imparting information to the prestigious and sophisticated reader."

The winner of The SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel competition will receive a full scholarship to the 2015 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, including registration and lodging at Meadowood Napa Valley resort (does not include transportation to and from the conference), a value of $1,940. Additionally, the winning essay will be published in the February issue of The SOMM Journal and the January/February issue of The Tasting Panel.

Essays should be 750 words or less, focused on a topic of the author’s choice within the broader subject of wine, due December 20, 2014. The SOMM Journal and Tasting Panel editors will review submissions and select a winner by January 5, 2015. Applicants must also meet the Symposium’s eligibility requirement of being a working journalist or author with at least two paid, published editorial works on relevant subject matter in the prior 12 months. Winery employees and others working to produce or promote wine brands are not eligible.

Registration is now open and can be accessed at www.WineWritersSymposium.org .

To learn more about the 2015 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, log on to www.WineWritersSymposium.org . For inquiries about the SOMM Journal / Tasting Panel scholarship, please email MMay@SommJournal.com .