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For Stories that are Out of this World!

Just in time for Halloween, Eve of All Saints Day, Samhain, and Guy Fawkes Day 

Kiffer’s Note:  Did you know that in Sweden Halloween is celebrated from October 31 until November 6th? That is a great idea! Det är en bra idé.

OCTOBER isn’t just for OZMA Book Awards for Fantasy Fiction or GLOBAL THRILLERS for Pulse-Racing Suspense novels, or even our newest division, SHORT Stories…

October helps us understand why campfires are a good idea, why it’s never safe to go down into the cellar alone on certain nights of the year, and, among other things, why it’s prudent to know the history of a house before you buy it.

In October, strange things happen when these bits of wisdom are ignored. 

Paranormal Fiction Awards


I’ve said it before, and I am going to reaffirm it now, October is my favorite time of year. I love the goblins, ghosts, monsters of the dark as much as the next person (okay, maybe more) and so it’s no surprise that I love October because October means Halloween! I can even put it into a mathematical formula:

And this year’s a little different. In a very real sense, we all are living in a global nightmare because of a horrible virus that supposedly came from (wait for it!) BATS.

We know what it’s like to be afraid, to be brave, to yearn for companionship, and not be able to hug our loved ones. We know what it’s like to run out of hand sanitizer and toilet paper. And we wonder when things will get better.

Still, I am a BIG fan of horror. Why? Because fiction helps us here. Especially horror. Between the pages of the scariest novel, we see our own humanity, our own hopes, and our own fears. Our defeats – and also our victories.  It is cathartic to dip into an imaginary world where things are falling apart and monsters are real. It gives us a sense of control. A sense that even though things are bad, they will get better (and then worse…). Yes, we’re in a major pandemic here. People are sick and things are confusing, but the vampires haven’t risen from the grave yet, and Frankenstein’s Monster is not coming to dinner. Ghost stories are simply that. Stories.


So gather around (while you’re social distancing) the campfire and tell us your favorite spooky stories. Because, I don’t know about you, but I could sure use some fictional horror in my life… Are you ready?

Welcome to the PARANORMAL Book Awards!

Send us your stories of dark places, alien abductions, magic and magical beings, the supernatural, vampires & werewolves, angels & demons, fairies & mythological beings, weird otherworldly tales… and gothic horror stories. We will put them to the test and discover the best among them for the 2018 Paranormal Book Awards, a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards – the CIBAs.

But don’t wait too long. The deadline for the Paranormal Awards is October 31, 2020. Enter here, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.



Travel with me through the Paranormal Awards Hall of Fame…

The 2019 PARANORMAL Book Awards Grand Prize for Supernatural Fiction is:


Susan Lynn Solomon took home the GRAND PRIZE for Abagail’s Window 

“Wow! … she is original and develops her characters into an intense plot of life and love. Great job!” – Chanticleer Reviews







2019 Paranormal Book Awards First Place Winners for Supernatural Fiction Novels:


  • Ryan J. Lyons Drums and Dragons
  • Linda Watkins The Tao of the Viper
  • Kaylin McFarren High Flying
  • Palmer Pickering Moon Deeds
  • Jack Cullen Runes of Steel
  • Joy Ross Davis The Witch of Blacklion
  • D. J. Adamson At The Edge of No Return




The 2018 PARANORMAL Book Awards Grand Prize for Supernatural Fiction is:

Joy Ross Davis, Paranormal Grand Prize Book Award Winner


The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove “One man searches for the truth in the quiet hamlet of his childhood, only to uncover the terrifying reality. Thrilling and spinetingling! Joy Ross Davis knows how to keep you up at night! Highly recommended.” 




2018 Paranormal Book Awards First Place Winners for Supernatural Fiction Novels:





The 2017 PARANORMAL Book Awards Grand Prize for Supernatural Fiction is:

Van Ops – The Lost Power is a story in which “Alexander the Great’s obscure Egyptian weapon has been lost for eons. Can Maddy Marshall and covert agent Bear Thorenson find the ancient weapon in time to stop fragile post-Cold War peace from being forever shattered?”

Avanti Centrae is the author of the international award-winning VanOps thriller series. Her work has been compared to that of James Rollins, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, and Preston/Child’s Pendergast series.







2017 Paranormal Book Awards First Place Winners for Supernatural Fiction Novels:

  • Willow’s Discovery by Joanne Jaytanie
  • Virtuous Souls by Pamela LePage
  • Rea by Lydia Staggs
  • A Pocketful of Lodestones, Time Traveler Professor Book 2 by Elizabeth Crowens
  • Dark Water by Chynna Laird




The 2016 PARANORMAL Book Awards Grand Prize:

Almost Mortal “Blending the high-octane thrust of a contemporary legal thriller with the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Almost Mortal” cleaves a new, inventive niche in the legal thriller genre. This fast-paced legal thriller will leave the reader hungering for more. A terrific read!”

Christopher Leibig is a novelist and a criminal defense attorney. He thinks about Fiction like this…”Fiction, while by its definition invented, need not tell that lie. In fiction, the devil is everywhere. And everyone has their story.”




2016 Paranormal Book Awards First Place Winners for Supernatural Fiction Novels :





The 2015 PARANORMAL Book Awards Grand Prize:

The Aurora Affair (retitled as Mobius) “… is a story about a skeptical heroine who discovers that her love affairs are the key to harnessing her own power to influence the world—for better if she does it right, or for worse if she fails.”

Carolyn Haley “… is a freelance writer and editor who lives in rural Vermont. I write a mix of commercial copy, articles for regional and national publications.” She writes award-winning novels in her spare time.




2015 Paranormal Book Awards First Place Winners for Supernatural Fiction Novels :

The 2014 PARANORMAL Book Awards Grand Prize:

 An Ex to Grind in Deadwood is a wickedly funny paranormal mystery romance series that takes place in its namesake city in South Dakota.


Ann Charles, USA Bestselling Author

Ann Charles “…lives in the beautiful Northern Arizona mountains with her clever husband, charming kids, and an incredibly sassy cat. After many years and several colleges, she managed to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington.”



2014 Paranormal Book Awards First Place Winners for Supernatural Fiction Novels:

The 2013 PARANORMAL Book Awards Grand Prize:

The Watcher is a story where “…ancient history is only the beginning.”



Lisa Voisin “… spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was my love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.” 





2013 Paranormal Book Awards First Place Winners for Supernatural Fiction Novels:

  • Spirit Legacy by E.E. Holmes
  • Poe, Nevermore by Rachel M. Martens
  • The Immortal American by L. B. Joramo
  • The Dream Jumper’s Promise by Kim Hornsby
  • Montana Mustangs by Danica Winters
  • The Third Option by Ben A. Sharpton
  • Witch’s Malice by David Hutchison
  • Dancing on the Dark Side by Mairin Fisher-Fleming


2012 1st Place Winner in the Paranormal Awards:

Sacred Fires is a well written and crafted romantic paranormal novel with elements of intrigue and suspense along with a story set in a lush locale with mystic Aztec undercurrents. Greenfeder has succeeded in writing a fast-paced romantic suspense novel that is refreshingly different.


Catherine Greenfeder “… continues to pursue her dream of getting her work published. To date, she has had five novels including a western historical, two adult paranormal novels, and two young adult paranormal novels published. She anticipates a few short stories and another young adult novel published in the near future.”

Our 2020 Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs) feature more than $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes each year! 

  • The 2020 PARANORMAL Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Supernatural Fiction Book of the Year 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)

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

~$1000 for one lucky Overall Grand Prize Winner
~$30,000+ in reviews, prizes, and promotional opportunities awarded to Category Winners

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: Oct. 31st, 2020.

What are you waiting for? Enter today!Who will win the PARANORMAL Book Awards Blue Ribbons for 2020?

Submit your works today!

The last day for submissions into the 2020 Paranormal Book Awards is October 31, 2020.

Click here for more information and submission form! 

Don’t Delay! Enter Today!