Chanticleer Genre Writing Competitions 2016 & 2017

Enter in one of 14 genres competitions to put your book in the running for Chanticleer’s Best Books of the Year.

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $345) and go on to compete for the genre Grand Prize and the Overall Grand Prize.
  • The Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Fiction Book in it’s Genre of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year
  • The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize
  • All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)
  • Every year we also get extra prizes donated from businesses, these are TBA closer to the Awards Gala. Examples: 2015 prizes included donations from The Writer Magazine and Bublish.

That’s more than $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes! The Fine Print.

~$1000 CASH  for one lucky Overall Grand Prize Winner
~$2800 in CASH Genre Grand Prizes
~$28,980 in prize packages were awarded to Category Winners

The Chanticleer Prize Package includes:

  • A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
  • Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers will be available mid-May to download.
  • Book stickers to identify your print books to book store shoppers as they browse

Note: If you cannot attend the awards ceremony to receive your ribbon on stage, please note that we will begin mailing out ribbon packages to award winners in June. Award Winners not living in the U.S. will need to pay for international postage.

In addition to all the ribbons and badges and cash awards we will be showering you with, you will also receive a powerful promotional boost from Chanticleer Reviews, with:

  • Your name and book title announced on our high traffic website at the finalist stage, the category winner stage, the genre grand prize stage, and the overall grand prize stage, depending on how far you go in the competition
  • Corresponding social media announcements of your contest advancements
  • Corresponding newsletter announcements to our sizable email list
  • Your winning title’s review published in our Chanticleer Reviews Magazine
  • Your book may also receive trade show representation as we show off our winners at conferences and trade shows across the US and Internationally. We like to show off our winners in as many ways as we can.
  • Your book may also be seen and noticed by agents, publishers, Hollywood producers, and others within the publishing and entertainment industry who see our contests as a way to spot new and upcoming talent and original story ideas

Short Fiction Awards

The overall best short story, novelette or novella of the year is awarded a $100 cash prize.

RAW NaNoWriMo Manuscript Contest

The Best RAW entry will receive a Chanticleer Book Reviews Manuscript Overview Evaluation of a $425 value. (no cash award)

CBR Prize Packages for Writing Contests 2015

More than $ 30,000.00 dollars worth of cash and prizes will be awarded to Chanticleer Book Reviews 2016 writing competition winners!

  • Multiple 1st in Category 2016 Winners in each of the genre contests will go on to compete for cash prizes.
  • Grand Prize Awards 2016 13 award winners will be awarded $200.00 purse each.
  • CBR Best Book 2016, chosen from the Grand Prize winners will be awarded $1,000.00 cash.

CBR 1st in Category Award Winning Authors will receive:

  • A coveted Chanticleer Book Review package ($345 value)***
  • CBR review included in an issue of Chanticleer Reviews
  • A CBR Blue Ribbon embossed with the Contest Name to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals*
  • Digital award stickers for on-line promotion
  • Adhesive book stickers**
  • Shelf-talkers and other promotional items****
  • Promotion in print and on-line media
  • Review of book distributed to on-line sites and printed media publications
  • The 2015 Grand Prize winners will receive a free subscription the The Writer Magazine (Print in Canada & US only, electronic delivery only to other countries)
  • The 2015 Overall Grand Prize winner will receive a package of services from Bublish worth $800

Now for the Fine Print (We have very little fine print, so don’t worry.).

* Blue Ribbon Package –  you will need to pay for postage to have your blue ribbon package mailed if you live outside of the U.S.A.  The package will include your blue ribbon, adhesive stickers, digital badges, and other goodies. You can pay for international postage through our website or buy paying directly through PayPal.

* We will need for you to email us your current mailing address and updated information to:

** Adhesive gold-toned book stickers will be included in your ribbon mailing. Additional adhesive stickers will be available through a special winners circle portal that will be online.

***Chanticleer Book Review Package: Since we have 14 genres with approximately ten first place category winners (about 100 awarded reviews), it may take up to a year to receive the awarded review. We schedule eight to ten First Place in Category winners to review per month – one from each genre’s list. These are selected randomly by the staff reviewers and then placed in the review queue. The first selected reviews will appear a few months after the Chanticleer Awards Gala. Social media posting of reviews will commence on the date that the CBR review is published to the Chanticleer website. Again, First Place in Category winners are awarded a Chanticleer Review Package and will receive their awarded reviews approximately within a year of the Awards Gala, give or take a few months. If the winning title has been previously reviewed by Chanticleer Reviews, a refund will not be given or exchanged for another title. Awarded book review packages are non-transferable and are valid only for the award winning work/title. If you need a more timely review, to coordinate with a release date or other types of promotion, we suggest that the authors take advantage of the discount voucher (please ask if one was not provided to you) for a scheduled expedited review package. We are a small company with a limited staff. We pay our reviewers for each and every review that they write whether they were purchased at full price or awarded as part of contest winnings. Thank you for understanding and thank you for your patronage and support that makes Chanticleer Reviews possible.
Award-winning manuscripts will be placed in the review queue once the author informs us that they are are ready for publication and sends us the ARC (advance reader copy).
***Book Reviews are for winning titles only, non transferable.
***Authors will receive a For Release copy of the review to use in the promotion of the award winning title.
****Links to the downloadable “CBR shelf-talkers” (imagine the tags that you see taped to the stock shelves when you are selecting a bottle of wine) that coordinate with the title’s  will be available after the CBR book review is published. Access will through the exclusive winners circle portal on the Chanticleer Reviews website.
The next few weeks will bring more excitement as we announce and build book buzz for the award winning authors who were recognized at the Chanticleer Awards Banquet this past Saturday, April 30, 2016. We advise you to Follow, LIKE, and Circle Chanticleer Reviews so that we may tag you and your when we post.

Remember, the 2016 1st Place Award Category winners will automatically be entered into the GRAND PRIZE AWARD for title of  The Best of the CBR Award Winning Books of 2016!

Now that is something to CROW about!

 How does the Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize Blue Ribbon Awards Contest 2016 work?

  • Enter your published novel or manuscript into a genre contest. For example: The Chatelaine Awards or the Laramie Awards.
  • There are nine division genres to choose from. Five categories per genre. Published works or manuscript divisions are available for each genre division. First Place Awards per category per genre will be named.
  • If your work is awarded a First in Category Blue Ribbon 2015 for a genre contest, it will be automatically be entered into  The Grand Prize Blue Ribbon 2015 competition.
  • All 1st Place Category Award winners will receive a Chanticleer Book Review Package (for more details, see below).
  • Manuscripts that were awarded a 1st Place in Category award will be entered into the CBR Grand Prize Blue Ribbon competition.
  • The Grand Prize Best Book Winner will be awarded $1,000.00 cash.  (U.S. Dollars)
  • Eleven Grand Prize winners will be awarded $ 200.00 cash.  (U.S. Dollars)
  • The 2016 CBR Best Book Winner and the Grand Prize winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on April 1st, 2016.
  • Please note the difference between 1st in Category, Grand Prize and Best Book awards.
  • The only way to win Best Book is to be chosen for a Grand Prize, and the only way to win a Grand Prize is to be chosen as a 1st in Category (aka First Place in Category) winner.

You may enter a work into more than one genre contest.
You may enter a work into more than one category per genre contest.
However, each entry submitted to a contest must pay the contest entry fee.

We invite you to read our Terms and Conditions page and Submission Guidelines.

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