The Chanticleer Blue Ribbon Awards Writing Competitions discover outstanding works and recognize emerging new talent in today’s era of unbounded publishing.

2016 Contest Deadlines & Announcement dates

2015 Contest Deadlines & Announcement dates

Short Story Contest Information

Submissions to CBR Blue Ribbons Awards are received from around the world. Entries hail from the United Kingdom, Germany, Malta, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Iceland, and more. Our writing competitions are truly international in scope.

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Finalists are projected to be announced approximately six months after the last day of submissions. First in Category award winners are then announced approximately three months after Finalists are announced. Please check back for updates on these dates. All Grand Prize genre winners are announced at the annual Chanticleer Awards Banquet.

When do we announce the Grand Prize Award Winners for Genre and for the Overall Grand Prize?

The Awards Year is the year that contest entries were submitted and accepted into their related genre deadlines for submissions.

The award winners and first in category for the 2016 entries will be recognized in the Spring of 2017 at the Chanticleer Authors Conference and Awards Ceremony and Banquet (April 1, 2017).

The 2015 award winners were  recognized at the 2016 Chanticleer Awards Conference & Awards Gala. The 2014 award winners (who submitted to meet 2014 genre submission deadlines) were recognized at the 2015 Chanticleer Awards Conference and Gala in September 2015.

The 2013 Award Winners (those who submitted to the genre competitions with 2013 submission deadlines) were recognized at the 2014 Chanticleer Authors Conference and Awards Gala. And so forth.

We announce the Finalists and First in Category Winners through out the year on the Chanticleer Reviews website, and send out the posted announcements through the Chanticleer Reviews e-newsletter. We also post the announcements on our social media platforms. Please note that we do not send out individual emails to the Finalists or the First in Category Genre Award Winners.

These are approximate dates for projected announcements, subject to change. We appreciate your patience! The writing competitions are a labor of love for all those who are involved in the judging of the entries.

2016 Chanticleer Writing Competitions Awards Announcements

Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction 2017:

  • Submissions Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016 ENTER (2016 Closed. Now accepting entries for 2017 Cygnus Awards)
  • Finalists announced:  June  2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: September  2016
  • Overall Cygnus Grand Prize Award winner: April 1, 2017 Awards Banquet

Journey Awards for Narrative Non-fiction 2016

  • Submissions Deadline: Feb. 28, 2016 ENTER  (2016 Closed. Now accepting entries for 2017 Journey Awards)
  • Finalists announced:  July 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: September 2016
  • Overall Journey Grand Prize Award winner: April 1,  2017 Awards Banquet

Mystery & Mayhem Awards for Cozy Mystery  Fiction 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: March 30, 2016 ENTER (2016 Closed. Now accepting entries for 2017)
  • Finalists announced: August 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  October 2016
  • Overall M&M Grand Prize Award winner: April 1, 2017  Awards Banquet

Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction

  • Submissions Deadline: May 31, 2016 ENTER (2016 Closed. Now accepting entries for 2017)
  • Finalists announced: September 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  November 2016
  • Overall Rossetti Grand Prize Award winner: April 1, 2017  Awards Banquet

Gertrude Warner Awards for Middle Grade Fiction 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: May 31 , 2016 ENTER (2016 Closed. Now accepting entries for 2017)
  • Finalists announced: September 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: November 2016
  • Overall Gertrude Warner Grand Place Award winner: April 1st,  2017 Awards Banquet

Chaucer & Goethe Awards for Historical Fiction 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2016 ENTER (2016 Closed. Now accepting entries for 2017)
  • Finalists announced: October  2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: December  2016
  • Overall Chaucer & Goethe Grand Prize Award winner: April 1,  2017 Awards Banquet

Laramie  Awards for Historical Fiction 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: July 31, 2016 ENTER
  • Finalists announced: November  2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: December 2016
  • Overall Laramie Grand Prize Award winner: April 1,  2017 Awards Banquet

Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: Aug. 30, 2016 ENTER
  • Finalists announced: November 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: January  20167
  • Overall Chatelaine Grand Prize Award winner: April 1, 2017 Awards Banquet

The Clue Awards for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Fiction

  • Submissions Deadline:Sept. 30, 2016 ENTER
  • Finalists announced: December 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: January  2017
  • Overall CLUE  Grand Prize Award winner: April 1, 2017 Awards Banquet

 Little Peeps Awards for Children’s Books 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016 ENTER
  • Finalists announced: January 2017
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  February 2017
  • Overall Little Peeps Grand Prize Award winner: April 2017 Awards Banquet

The Paranormal Awards for Supernatural Powers & Extra Sensory Perception Fiction 

  • Submissions Deadline: October 31, 2016 ENTER
  • Finalists announced: January 2017
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  February 2017
  • Overall Paranormal Grand Prize Award winner: April 2017 Awards Banquet

Ozma Awards for Fantasy Fiction 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016 ENTER
  • Finalists announced: December  2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  January 2017
  • Overall OZMA Grand Prize Award winner: April 1st, 2017  Awards Banquet

The Somerset Awards for Contemporary, Mainstream, & General  Fiction 2016:

  • Submissions Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016 ENTER
  • Finalists announced: January 2017
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  February 2017
  • Overall Somerset Grand Prize Award winner: April 1st, 2017 Awards Banquet
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NOTE: These are tentative dates and are subject to change. We will continuously update this page as writing competitions rotate.

2015  Chanticleer Writing Competitions Awards Announcements*

AN ANNOUNCEMENT from Kiffer Brown, pres. of CBR.

We have moved the Chanticleer Reviews Writing Competition Awards evening up from September 24, 2016 to April 30, 2016. Our last awards evening was Sept. 29, 2015 when we presented the 2014 awards.This move makes the 2015 awards more relevant and recent for the winning authors. However, the date change has given us only six months to judge all the entries instead of the usual twelve months.

The reason why we scheduled CAC in September was because it was the only time available on the writer conferences’ schedule. When there was an opening in April, we grabbed it!

However, after this April 30, 2016 awards ceremony for the 2015 winners, we will be back to having an entire year for the judging rounds for the 2016 contest submissions whose winners will be announced in April 2017 instead of September 2017.

Moving the awards ceremony also means that we had to move the conference and the accompanying book fair also up from September to April, which means we only have six months between CAC15 and CAC16.

My apologies for the contest announcement delays and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we are making big changes here at Chanticleer Reviews. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at KBrown@ChantiReviews.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Please note that we have changed announcement Dates for  the Genre First Place Category Winners due to requests for more time from the judges.  We have moved the awards banquet from the end of September 2016 to April 30, 2016. This has pushed the original announcement dates up by four months. Thank you for your patience with our wonderful growing pains.

Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: Jan. 31, 2015 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: October 25, 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: January 20, 2015
  • Overall Cygnus Grand Prize Award 2015 winner: April 2016 Awards Banquet

Journey Awards for Narrative Non- Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: Feb. 28, 2015 CLOSED
  • Finalists announced: October 28,  2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: January 15, 2015
  • Overall Journey Grand Prize Award 2015: April 2016 Awards Banquet

Mystery & Mayhem Awards for Cozy Mystery  Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: March 30, 2015 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: November 5, 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  January 30, 2015
  • Overall M&M Grand Prize Award winner: April 2016  Awards Banquet

Dante Rossetti  Awards for Young Adult Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: May, 2015 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: November 19, 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: February 5, 2015
  • Overall Rossetti Grand Place Award winner: April 2016 Awards Banquet

Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2015 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: December 3, 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: February 10, 2016
  • Overall Chaucer Grand Prize Award winner: April 2016 Awards Banquet

Laramie  Awards for Historical Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: July 31, 2015 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: January 7, 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: February 18, 2016
  • Overall Laramie Grand Prize Award winner: April 2016 Awards Banquet

Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: Aug. 30, 2015 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: December 17, 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: February 26, 2016
  • Overall Chatelaine Grand Prize Award winner: April 2016 Awards Banquet

The Clue Awards for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense  Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: January 21, 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  March 1, 2016
  • Overall CLUE Grand Prize Award winner: April 2016 Awards Banquet

The Paranormal Awards for Super-natural Powers & Extra Sensory Perception  Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: February 4, 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced: March 8, 2016
  • Overall Paranormal Grand Prize Award winner: April Awards Banquet 2016

The Somerset Awards for Contemporary, Mainstream, & General  Fiction 2015:

  • Submissions Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016 CLOSED (try next year)
  • Finalists announced: February 18, 2016
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  March 17, 2016
  • Overall Somerset Grand Prize Award winner: April Awards Banquet 2016
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Short Stories & Novelettes

Winter Reads

  • Submissions Deadline: June 15,  2016 ENTER
  • Winners announced by April 2017
  • Word count: 30,000 maximum firm
  • Dates allow for holiday submissions to magazines and publications

Summer Reads 

  • Submissions Deadline: Jan. 15,  2016 ENTER
  • Winners announced by April 2016
  • Word count: 30,000 maximum firm
  • Dates allow for submissions to magazines and publications

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NOTE: These are tentative dates and are subject to change. We will continuously update this page as writing competitions rotate.

Each work entered will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is the Story Compelling?
  • Professionalism of Editing and Formatting
  • Characterization
  • Continuity of Story-line
  • Satisfying Ending (not necessarily “happy”)
  • Intriguing Opening
  • Uniqueness of Story
  • Writing Craft
  • Story Arc

Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book

Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book will receive $ 1,000, plus prizes and promotion.  The winner will be announced at the Grand Prize Awards Banquet. There will be only one CBR Overall Grand Prize Blue Ribbon Winner. Only First Place Genre award winners may compete for the Genre Divisions’ Grand Prize for Best Book 2014. If a manuscript wins, it will be eligible to be  forwarded to literary agents who have contacted CBR for first peeks at outstanding manuscripts (upon author approval).  Prizes and Ribbons will be awarded at Chanticleer Book Reviews Awards Banquet that will be held September 2015.

Please Note:

Chanticleer Book Reviews retains the right to not declare “default winners.”  Winning works are decided upon merit only and not empty slots.

We limit the number of entries so that judging is fair and consistent.

Please visit this website often for updates! Please do not hesitate to contact info@ChantiReviews.com about any concerns, questions, or suggestions about CBR writing competitions. Your input is important to us.

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