STATUS of the Judging Rounds for all Sixteen Divisions of the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards – the 2018 CIBAs

We have just completed the final sweep of all of the 2018 Chanticleer Int’l Book Awards submissions. All of the divisions have announced the authors and titles that have moved forward to the SEMI-FINALIST positions.

We always check for stragglers, the inevitable stray, and late ratings coming in from judges (they do this as a labor of love for books and authors), and other anomalies that are just the nature of tracking the thousands of entries that we receive despite our state of the art integrated software program for tracking, DRM, and interaction with the judges.

To see the Official CIBA SEMI-FINALISTS post for each division, please click on the link at the end of this posting. 

The works that made it to the 2018 SEMI-FINALIST are currently in the final rounds of judging to discover which ones will move forward to the limited First Place Categories and the coveted grand prize position for each division. The Overall Grand Prize for Best Book will be determined from the 16 divisions’ grand prize winners.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the 2018 CIBA 1st Place Award Winners and the Grand Prize winners be announced?

The 2018 CIBA First Place Award Winners and the Grand Prize Winners for Divisions along with the Overall Grand Prize will be announced on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Chanticleer Authors Conference (CAC) and CIBA Banquet and Ceremony at the Hotel Bellwether’s Ballroom, Bellingham, Wash.  The official announcements will be posted on the website by Tuesday, April 30th, midnight PST.

The CIBA Awards Ceremony will kick off with the cocktail hour starting at 6 o’clock. The bar and the photography area will open at half-past five o’clock.

Some people have their own cheering section.

Jesikah Sundin when her book, LEGACY, was announced the Dante Rossetti Grand Prize Award Winner for Young Adult Fiction

Photography Opportunities

Dwayne Rogge is the professional photographer who will be on hand to take photos before, during, and after the CIBA ceremony. All digital photographs taken by Dwayne at the CIBA ceremony will be made available at no charge after the event. An email will be mailed out to all conference attendees with access codes and the website where the photos will be made available before May 8th. There will be a “step and repeat” backdrop sign that will be used for the award winners photos and group shots.

We advise all SemiFinalists to have their photos taken prior to the ceremony during the cocktail hour.

Janet Shawgo overjoyed with her Chatelaine Book Awards Grand Prize! We love this photo!

What to Wear? 

We have seen quite the range of dress from black-tie and formal wear, suits, cocktail attire, and since we do live in the Pacific Northwest, very casual attire. Please keep in mind that CIBA ceremony will have some awesome photo opportunities. And there will be a lot of Tweeting, Instagramming,  and Facebook postings going on throughout the evening.

CIBA Overall Grand Prize Winner and Laramie Grand Prize Winner Michelle Rene


The ceremony begins at seven o’clock in the evening with recognition of all the Semi-Finalists who are in attendance with dinner immediately following. Past award winners will announce this year’s First Place Award Winners for each division after recognizing the respective Semi-Finalists in each division.  Representatives from the CIBA sponsors will award their prize packages to the winners. Presenters and Keynote speakers will also take part in the ceremony.

The Banquet

The distinguished Hotel Bellwether’s Executive Chef Peter Birk will bring his Pacific Northwest classically based preparations with a modern twist to the CIBA banquet table. A buffet service is employed to accommodate the many food preferences of such an eclectic gathering of authors from around the globe.

No-Host Bar

A no-host bar will be available in the Hotel Bellwether’s ballroom that will offer quite a range of wines, PNW beers, cocktails, and soft drinks.

Ceremony Program

All attendees to the 2018 CIBA ceremony and awards banquet will receive a souvenir ceremony program listing all the Semi-Finalists, Sponsors, and Presenters. Many attendees use this guide to mark the winners, get autographs and contact information from those they have met at CAC.

Post Ceremony 

The Book Room at the CIBA Banquet and Ceremony will be open shortly after the ceremony for book purchases.

After Party Gathering

By ten o’clock in the evening, most attendees will head over to the Fireplace Lounge at the Hotel Bellwether and the party continues on there.

PRIZES – Yes, there will be Blue Ribbons and Prizes and some author will take home a $1,000 check for Overall Best Book! 

You know you want one! 

Exciting News for the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards winners! Publish Drive will award these prizes to the Award Winners! 

  • 1 Overall Grand Prize for Best Book – One-year free subscription option ($1,200 USD)
  • 16 Division Grand Prize winners – a $240 USD gift certificate for the PublishDrive Subscription
  • 1st Place Category Division Winners – A metadata health-check consultation ($100 USD/each)
  • All Semi-Finalists in attendance – one-month free use of our services- A code will be given to you when you pick up your registration packet at CAC19.

The total for the  Prize Package from PublishDrive is valued at more than $40,000 USD. Whoa! Thanks, PublishDrive!

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AND NOW FOR THE LINK to the 2018 CIBA SEMI-FINALISTS. Good luck to all in the final judging rounds. If your work made it to the SemiFinalists position, it is a WINNER! – No matter what.

We will do a second post with individual division links. This one is long enough!

Hope to see you soon at the 2019 Chanticleer Authors Conference and the 2018 CIBA Banquet & Ceremony!