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Call for Entries to Women Food Writers for LDEI’s M.F.K. Fisher Award

Seeking to recognize and highlight excellence in culinary writing, Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a worldwide organization of professional culinary women, is accepting entries for the annual M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, named for lauded culinary writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, considered one of America’s greatest writers.

Les Dames d’Escoffier International, composed of more than 1,800 members, will present three awards to women writers with work that reflects creativity and insight; illuminates the pivotal roles of food, beverages and the arts of the table; and/or contributes to our knowledge of those who grow, produce or prepare nourishment.

This year’s M.F.K. Fisher Awards will bestow three $500 cash awards. The grand prize winner receives an additional $500 to total $1000 and an expenses-paid trip to Boston on November 1, 2014, to receive the award during LDEI’s annual conference. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2014.

The entries must have been published in 2012 or 2013, should be nonfiction and may include analytical pieces, autobiographical explorations and forays into culinary history. Entries must be no longer than 2,000 words. Entries will be judged on writing, knowledge of subject matter, topic, relevance and creative approach. The judging includes editors, authors, educators and other food professionals who are leaders in their field.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. Complete details of the award and online registration can be found at LDEI.org.