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The Journey Awards ~ Narrative Non-Fiction Writing Contest ~2021
The search for 2021's best Narrative Non-Fiction Books

Deadline April 30, 2021

ENTER TO WIN the 2021 CIBA Overall Grand Prize of $1,000 USD for Best Book

or the $250 Journey Book Awards Division Grand Prize

Or the PLUS more than $30,000 in Additional prizes, services, and awards for Semi-Finalists, 1st Place Category Winners and Division Grand Prize Winners!

PLUS Additional prizes, services, and awards for Semi-Finalists, 1st Place Category Winners and Division Grand Prize Winners!

Chanticleer Book Reviews 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.

The entry fee is $99 for Non-Members and $75 for The Roost at Chanticleer members per entry per category.

Email for membership information or click here for more info about this exciting new Members-Only Community:

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Title will go on to compete for the Journey Grand Prize that will take home a $250 cash prize along with other tbd products and services.
  • The Journey Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Non-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 coveted blue ribbon, and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)

Approximately $30,000.00 worth of cash, prizes, and promotions! The Fine Print.

~$1000 for one lucky Overall Grand Prize Winner

~ $250 for each of the 16 Divisions' Grand Prizes

More than $30,000 in prizes and cash are awarded annually!

~$30,000 in additional prizes and awards go to the Grand Prize and 1st Place Category Winners and Semi-Finalists

Last year's prizes were sponsored by Hindenburg Systems (podcast and audio-book creation software) and PublishDrive (global ebook selling platform with AI), and priority reading opportunity by the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

What are you waiting for? Enter today!

The Chanticleer 1st Place Category Prize Package ( 5 packages awarded per genre) includes:

  • A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
  • Book stickers to identify your print books to book store shoppers as they browse

In addition to all the ribbons and badges and cash awards we will be showering you with, you will also receive a powerful promotional boost from Chanticleer Reviews, with:

  • Your name and book title announced on our high traffic website at the finalist stage, the category winner stage, the genre grand prize stage, and the overall grand prize stage, depending on how far you go in the competition
  • Corresponding social media announcements of your contest advancements
  • Corresponding newsletter announcements to our sizable email list
  • Your book may also receive promotion as we show off our winners at conferences and trade shows across the US and Internationally. We like to show off our winners in as many ways as we can.
  • Your book may also be seen and noticed by agents, publishers, Hollywood producers, and others within the publishing and entertainment industry who see our contests as a way to spot new and upcoming talent and original story ideas

The Journey Awards Categories are:

  • Travelogue Experiences (not guides)
  • Global Enlightenment
  • Culinary/Hobby/Professional Experiences
  • Memoir/Autobiography/Biography
  • Personal Journeys / Experiences

Each work submitted will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is the story compelling?
  • Professionalism of editing and formatting
  • Vividness people and setting are portrayed with
  • Continuity of storyline
  • Satisfying ending (not necessarily “happy”)
  • Intriguing opening
  • Uniqueness of story
  • Writing craft

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Books may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
  • E-pubs accepted. Word Documents and PDFs are accepted.
  • All published books 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.
  • Works published before Dec. 31, 2018 will be disqualified.
  • Books must be 50,000 plus words.
  • You may enter in more than one category. However, each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
  • You may enter more than one book 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 April 30, 2021 midnight.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print. Prizes and award packages may change without notice.

Helpful Links

The entry fee is $99 for Non-Members and $75 for Chanticleer Community Members per entry per category. Email for membership information or click here:

Chanticleer International Book Awards - Helpful link

Previous Winners:

2018 CIBA Winners

2017 CIBA Winners

2016 CIBA Winners

2015 CIBA Winners

2014 CIBA Winners

2013 CIBA Winners

2012 CIBA Winners

How The Contests Work

The Fine Print

If you have any questions or concerns, please email:

Note: You will receive a confirmation email after you have uploaded your work and paid entrance fees through PayPal. PayPal also sends us your contact information. If we have any questions or concerns, we will contact you within 72 business hours of receiving entry(ies).

You should receive a confirmation emails from PayPal and from Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media. If you have any questions or concerns about your submission, please contact us at

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