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The Journey Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Narrative Non-Fiction and Memoir. The Journey Book  Awards is a genre division of Chanticleer International Book Awards and Novel Competitions (CIBAs).


Chanticleer International Book Awards is looking for the best books featuring true stories about adventures, life events, unique experiences, travel, personal journeys, global enlightenment, and more. We will put books about true and inspiring stories to the test and choose the best among them.

These titles have moved forward in the judging rounds from SLUSH pile to the 2019 JOURNEY Book Awards LONG LIST. These entries are now in competition for 2019 JOURNEY Shortlist. The Short Listers will for the  Quarter-Finalists positions. Semi-Finalists will be selected from the Quarter-Finalists. The SemiFinalists will compete for the limited First Place Category Winners in the final rounds of judging. The Semi-Finalists and the First Place Category Winners, along with the division grand prize winners, will be announced at the CIBAs Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at the luxurious Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Wash.

These titles are in the running for the SHORT LIST of the 2019 JOURNEY Book Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction

Good luck to all as your works move on the next rounds of judging.

  • Susan Murphy – Toppled World
  • Barbara Clarke – The Opposite of Hate: A Memoir
  • Charles C McCormack – Hatching Charlie: A Quest for Happiness and Meaning
  • Eva Doherty Gremmert – Our Time To Dance
  • Charles C McCormack – Hatching Charlie: A Quest for Happiness and Meaning
  • Rod Baker – I Need My Yacht by Friday – True Tales from the Boat Repair Yard
  • Lisa Dailey – Square Up
  • Tracee Dunblazier – Heal Your Soul History- Activate the True Power of Your Shadow
  • Juliet Cutler – Among the Maasai
  • Tyler R Grindstaff – Room To Roam
  • Chris Register – Conversations With US – Great Lakes States
  • Rebecca Faye Smith Galli – Rethinking Possible: A Memoir of Resilience
  • Kate Kaufmann – Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No
  • Linda Gartz – Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago
  • Anna Carner – Blossom ~ The Wild Ambassador of Tewksbury
  • Anthony Delauney – Owning the Dash
  • Maya Castro – The Bubble: Everything I Learned as a Target of the Political, and Often Corrupt, World of Youth Sports
  • J. Bronson Haley – The Depth of Grace: Finding Hope at Rock Bottom
  • Ted Sheppard/T.S. Lewis – The Why of War: An Unorthodox Soldier’s Memoirs
  • Nikki West – The Odyssey of the Chameleon
  • Jean-Philippe Soul? – Dancing With Death: An Epic and Inspiring Travel Adventure
  • Julie MacNeil – The 50-Year Secret
  • David A. Bossert – Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for The Disney Studios
  • Nina Norstrom – Not a Blueprint It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter / A Journey Through Toxic Relationships
  • Gordon Cross, Robert Fowler, Ted Neill – Finding St. Lo: A Memoir of War & Family
  • Ted Neill – Two Years of Wonder
  • Anthony Suarez – Politically Indicted: The Real Story Behind the Jersey Sting
  • Julie L. Seely – Skinny House -A Memoir of Family
  • Francisco Silva – The Crossroads of Europe: Home Beneath our Feet
  • Dena Moes – The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal
  • Ryan M. Chukuske – Bigfoot 200: Because, You Know, Why the #@&% Not?
  • Laureen Pittman – The Lies That Bind: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Rejection, Redirection, DNA, and Discovery
  • Nancy Canyon – STRUCK: A Memoir
  • Carol E. Anderson – You Can’t Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties
  • Patrick Hogan – Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War
  • Donna Hill – Yes, The World Is Round
  • Andy Chaleff – The Last Letter
  • Christie Musso Bruce – Hope Knows Your Name
  • John Egenes – Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America
  • Whitney Ellenby – Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain
  • Paula Forget – Guided to the Higher Realms: a Personal Journey of Ascension through Meditation
  • Lance Brewer – Back Story Alaska
  • John Hoyte – Persistence of Light
  • David Wienir – Amsterdam Exposed

Congratulations to Janice S. Ellis, Ph.d. whose work From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream took home the Grand Prize for the 2018 JOURNEY Book Awards

Journey Award Winners from Left to Right, Dennis Clausen, Sean Dwyer, Grand Prize winner Janice Ellis, Cheryl Hughes Musick, Kayce Stevens Hughlett

Here is the link to the 2018 Journey Book Award Winners:

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!

We are now accepting entries into the 2020 Journey Book Awards, a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards.

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