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Friday, October 15, 2010

Beard Founation Reorganizes Food Writing Award Categories

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Food bloggers, rejoice! The New York Times reports that the James Beard Awards will no longer give separate awards for online and print food writing, meaning pieces published online will be eligible for the Beard Foundation's biggest writing awards - the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award and the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award. Websites, magazines and newspapers will be eligible for Publication of the Year in 2011.

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