Chanticleer Genre Writing Competitions  2019 &  2020

How it All Works:

So you want to win the $1,000 cash prize for the 2019 Chanticleer International Book Awards Book Overall Grand Prize Best Book Award!

We offer 16 Divisions of the CIBAs! — 14 fiction divisions and 2 non-fiction divisions

First, select the genre. Then select the category within the genre. Each genre book award has at least five categories in which you can win a 1st Place Category Ribbon package

  1. The Chatelaine Awards for Romance and Romantic Fiction
  2. The Laramie Awards for Western, Pioneer & Civil War, North American Western Fiction
  3. The Chaucer Awards for Early Period Historical Fiction: Pre-historic, Ancient, Dark Ages, Medieval, Renaissance, and World History
  4. The Goethe Awards for Late Period Historical Fiction: Regency, Victorian, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, turn of the century, and World History
  5. The Somerset Awards for Contemporary, Literary & General Fiction including adventure, magic realism, and women’s fiction
  6. The Clue Awards for Thriller and Suspense Novels: Crime, Police Procedural, Medical Procedural, Legal Procedural, detective, private eye, spy, espionage
  7. The Little Peeps Awards for children’s literature and storybooks
  8. The Middle-Grade Fiction Awards
  9. The Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction including contemporary, historical, dystopian, edgy, urban, and multiple sub-genres
  10. The Mystery & Mayhem Awards (M&Ms) for Cozy Mystery Novels including amateur sleuth, adventure, caper, romantic suspense and more
  11. The Cygnus Awards for Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Time Travel Novels, Space Opera and more
  12. The Ozma Awards for Fantasy, Steampunk, Alternate World/History, Myth, Magic, Heroes, Villains, Fables, Fairy Tales, Legends
  13. The Paranormal Awards for Supernatural Powers, Vampire, Werewolf, superpowers, occult, and extrasensory perception
  14. The Journey Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction
  15. The Insight and Instruction Awards for HOW-To, Guidebooks, & Insight non-fiction
  16. Global Thriller Awards for Lab Lit, Extreme Global Suspense, and James Bond type “end of the world” fiction.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
  • E-pub accepted.
  • All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.
  • Entries must be in the English language.
  • No erotica. No graphic violence, please.
  • Published works more than 3 years before the Contest Year will not be accepted.
  • Novels must be 50,000 plus word UNLESS they are Middle-Grade chapter books or Little Peeps Children’s books.
  • You may enter in more than one category. However, each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
  • You may enter more than one novel into a given contest.
  • Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.
  • Digital Files must be submitted in PDF or Word DOC format.
  • Fees and Digital File must be received before midnight on the day of the deadline.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print.

Each work entered will be judged on the following criteria:

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

Each work submitted will make its way through our rounds of competitions.

Contest Entry Rounds:

Round 1: competition for Slush Pile Survivors

Consider Round 1 to be the slush pile for the readers. Your work will be read by the “slush pile” readers of CBR. Readers will evaluate the first chapter of your work. Each reader will vote yes or no on whether or not your work moves forward to Round 2.

Round 2: LONG LIST

If your work moves forward to Round 2, then the next sixty to eighty pages of it will be evaluated by the readers. If your work has been found to have merit at this stage by the reader, it will move forward to Round 3.


Works that have moved forward to Round 3 will be read by CBR book reviewers and editors.  By the end of Round 3, the Finalists of the genre division will be selected and notified via social media.

Round 4:  SHORT LISTERS are works continue to be in the judging rounds.

Round 5:  Sem-Finalists are determined from the SHORT LISTERS.

Round 6: More judging rounds continue to determine the First Place Category winners & Honorable Mentions from the Semi-Finalists

ROUND 7:  FIRST PLACE CATEGORY POSITIONS are determined and are to be announced at the CIBA Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference.

First in Category award winners will be notified and awarded ribbons, a coveted Chanticleer Reviews editorial review, and promotional opportunities.  The reviewers, judges, and editors of Chanticleer Book Reviews will select the first place category winners.

Round 8: Overall Genre Competition between the FIRST PLACE CATEGORY POSITIONS to determine the genre division’s grand prize winner. Division Grand Prize Winners will be announced at the CIBA Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference.

Round 9:  The OVERALL GRAND PRIZE WINNER from the 16 GENRE DIVISIONS GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be chosen and announced at the CIBA Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference.

Only First Place Category winners may compete for the Overall Winner of the Genre Competition. There will be only one Grand Prize Genre Division award winner for each of the sixteen genre divisions. There will be only one Genre Grand Prize Winner award winner for each genre whether or not it is a manuscript or a published book. 

The Genre Grand Prize Award Winners will compete for the Overall Grand Prize Award Winner Best Book and the one $1,000 USD grand prize (for the OVERALL BEST BOOK  only).

Chanticleer Book Reviews Overall Best Book

The Overall Best Book winner will receive a $ 1,000 plus prizes and promotion. The winner will be announced at the April awards gala held at the Chanticleer Authors Conference. There will be only one Overall Best Book Winner. Only Grand Prize Genre award winners compete for Best Book.

2014 Winners

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

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

We may 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 about any concerns, questions, or suggestions about CBR writing competitions. Your input is important to us.

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