Food Blog Categories – English

Call for Submissions 2018
Food Blog Categories

Taste Canada Awards invites all bloggers to submit entries to the 2018 Food Blog Categories.

All submitted authors will receive recognition through:
• Media outreach
• Mention on our website and social media channels
• Our ongoing partnerships with such Canadian media outlets, retailers, and sponsors
In addition, shortlisted and winning authors will receive recognition through:
• A Guest Pass to the Gala Awards event in the fall of 2018
• Winners receive an engraved crystal trophy to commemorate winning a Gold or Silver Award
• Shortlisted blogs and Winners will receive exclusive access to a special Taste Canada Awards badge for their website
Taste Canada Awards’ mission is to be the authoritative culinary writing award in Canada by showcasing and recognizing the best.

Our vision is to promote Canadian-authored culinary writing so it is recognized as world class.

Taste Canada Awards is managed by a core staff including Jennifer MacKenzie as Chair, Awards Committees, Julie Miguel as Food Blog Chair and Marie-Serge Blais and Anne Fortin as French-language Co-Chairs. The Chairs oversee and administer the coordinators’ and judges’ process during the award judging cycle.

Taste Canada Awards will honour four blogs, two in English and two in French (if minimum entry number is met – see details below), authored by Canadian citizens. Three-person jury panels drawn from Canadian academic, publishing, creative, and institutional fields will review submissions, both English and French. The judges’ decisions are final.

The winners will be announced at a gala presentation and reception in the fall of 2018. The list of jury members will be announced then.

Deadline for submissions is February 21st, 2018.

Submitting Blogs for Consideration

Below, please find the submission procedures, the criteria and eligibility, and the link to the electronic entry form as well as the fee payment procedure.

Please note that the competition is open to bloggers outside Canada, on the condition that the author be a Canadian citizen.

Submission Procedures

Each entry submitted requires the following:
 Complete this online entry form:
 On the entry form, please choose one category (General Blog or Health and Special Diet Blog).
 The fee of $36.32 CDN ($35 plus applicable PayPal fee of $1.32) is paid at the time of entry via PayPal (see button above). Please note the fees are non-refundable; exception if the minimum submission are not met for entered category.
 You will need to include:
     - Links to 3 posts of any length that best represent your blog as a whole in regards to style, tone and focus. The posts must have been published in the year 2017.
     - A short (maximum 75-word) description of your blog.
     - Blogger contact information as outlined on the entry form


• Entrants must be Canadian citizens, writing a blog from Canada or abroad.
• Entrants may submit in English or in French, but in one language only.
• The entries submitted for consideration cannot be a sponsored blog post (as part of a contest, or be written as a result of receiving direct compensation from the company in which the post was written about — either paid or having received free product/services or free admission to an event). 
• All posts must be food-related in some way. Most posts will fall under one of three categories:
     - Recipe Post—contains a recipe as part of the story. (The recipe may be tested.)
     - Restaurant Review—explores the food, service, and ambiance. (The meal cannot be compensated by a PR firm or the restaurant.)
     - Food Experience—personal, a visit to a local business, part of a trip or vacation, etc. (It cannot be part of a Press/sponsored trip that was compensated or free.)
• The blog must be active. To be considered active, the blog must have a minimum of 12 posts published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
• Blog entries must be submitted online on or before February 21st, 2018 at 5pm EST.
• A non-refundable registration fee of $36.32 CDN ($35 plus applicable PayPal fee of $1.32) per blog is to be submitted at the time of registration. Link to PayPal using button at the top of this page, and the online entry form.
• If a blogger is also submitting a book in the Taste Canada Awards, the blog posts submitted for consideration in this category may not be a part of the submitted book.
• Taste Canada Awards is not responsible for lost entries. Please ensure you receive a confirmation email saying your submission was received.
• Please forward your PayPal payment receipt to to complete your registration.

The Awards Committee reserves the right to determine eligibility based on the above criteria. Decisions of the Committee are final.

Best Food Blog Category

In order for an award to be given out in a category, there must be a minimum of 5 applications in total for that category. If we do not receive a minimum of 5 applications for a category, Taste Canada Awards reserves the right to combine entries into one category per language and give only one Gold and Silver for that category. If the minimum of 5 applications per language is not met, Taste Canada Awards will not run the Award category for that year and any applicants who have already paid the application fee will receive a refund.

Individual Food Blog Award Categories
A Gold Award and Silver Award will be given in each category for the best English-language and French-language blog.

General Blogs/Blogues Généreaux
The award is given to the best independent food-related blog written by a Canadian writer(s). Judging will be based on good literary style and best blog practices. This category may be general, or it may be focused on specific Canadian topics or regions, and/or target a very specific audience, such as an ethnic group (in terms of race, nationality, or religious heritage) in Canada or around the world. This category may also explore culinary history, politics, social awareness or cover a general range of topics, offering a variety of options to the Canadian cook. Health and Special Diet-related blogs are not included in this category, but in the Health and Special Diet category (see below).

Health and Special Diet Blogs/Blogues Santé et Diète Particulière
The award is given to the best blog written by a Canadian writer(s), which features a topic related to health and/or special diets and includes recipes dedicated to health and/or special diet topics. This category may include blogs addressing a specific health issue through food, a specific nutrition concept or overall nutrition focus, a cooking method/style to address a health issue and/or target a specific special diet related to a health issue and/or lifestyle. This category may also include professionals’ personal blogs (i.e. nutritionists and dietitians) given that the blog meets all of the Taste Canada Awards eligibility requirements and restrictions.

What the judges will be looking at:
• Writing
• Photography
• Originality
• Organization/Focus
• Visual/Blog aesthetics
• Blog Functionality
• Research and credibility of information; recipes may be tested by judges

The Shortlisted Bloggers, to be announced in July, will be asked to submit a high-res head shot and a high-res blog logo image and may be asked to submit a press release about their blog.

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