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We are excited and honored to officially announce the Grand Prize Winner and the First Place Category Winners for the 2018 SOMERSET Book Awards at the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference and the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony and banquet were held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the Hotel Bellwether by beautiful Bellingham Bay, Wash.



We want to thank all of those who entered and participated in the  2018 Somerset Book Awards for Contemporary, Literary, Satire Novels, a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (the CIBAs).

Judith Kirscht, the author of the 2014 SOMERSET award-winning Home Fires announced the 2018 Somerset Award Winners at the Chanticleer International Book Awards Banquet and Ceremony.

PublishDrive and Hindenburg Systems awarded additional prizes to the 2018 Somerset Book Award winners. Thank you!

Congratulations to the 2018 SOMERSET Book Awards for Contemporary, Literary, Satire Novels First in Category Winners!


  • Night Jasmine Tree by Debu Majumdar
  • Secrets of Innocence by V. & D. POVALL
  • Cowboy by Bob Holt
  • Wishes, Sins and the Wissahickon Creek by PJ Devlin
  • Silent Echo by Beth Burgmeyer
  • Some Kind of Ending by Conon Parks
  • Summer Girl, A Novel by Linda Watkins
  • Hard Cider – a novel by Barbara A. Stark-Nemon
  • Disowned by Tikiri
  • Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton

And now for the 2018 SOMERSET Book Awards for Contemporary, Literary, Satire Novels:

Hard Cider – a novel by Barbara A. Stark-Nemon

took home the Somerset Grand Prize Ribbon




An email will go out to all First Place Category Winners and Grand Prize Winners with more information, the timing of awarded reviews, links to digital badges, and more before May 31st, 2019 (approximately four weeks after the awards ceremony). Please look for it in your email inbox.

When we receive the digital photographs from the Official CAC19 professional photographer, Dwayne Rogge of Photo Treehouse, we will post the photographs of Somerset award winners on this page.

Click here for the link to the Somerset Semi-Finalists.

This post will be updated with photos and more information. Please do visit it again!

The deadline for submissions into the 2019 Somerset Book Awards is November 30, 2019 Midnight (PST).

Our next Chanticleer International Book Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2020, for the 2019 CIBA winners.

 Enter your book or manuscript in a contest today!