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Science Fiction Writing Contests | Chanticleer Book Reviews

2018 Cygnus

Science Fiction Writing Contests | Chanticleer Book Reviews 2018 Cygnus

The Cygnus Awards ~ Science Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2018
The search for the best Science Fiction Books

Deadline April 30, 2018

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring space, time travel, life on other planets, parallel universes, alternate reality, and all the science, technology, major social or environmental changes of the future that author imaginations can dream up. Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Cyberpunk, Time Travel, Genetic Modification, Aliens, Super Humans, Interplanetary Travel, and Settlers on the Galactic Frontier, Dystopian, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them.

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $395) and go on to compete for the Cygnus Grand Prize
  • The Cygnus Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Science 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)

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

~$1000 for one lucky Overall Grand Prize Winner
~$28,980 in reviews, prizes, and promotional opportunities awarded to Category Winners

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: April 30th, 2018.

What are you waiting for? Enter today!

The Chanticleer Prize Package includes:

  • A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
  • Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers
  • 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 winning title's review published in our Chanticleer Reviews Magazine
  • Your book may also be eligible to participate in our vetted trade show representation program 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 Cygnus Award Categories are:

  • Speculative Fiction
  • Soft Sci-Fi/Young Adult
  • Alternate History
  • Hard Science Fiction
  • Apocalyptic/Dystopian
  • Space Opera

Each work submitted will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is the story compelling?
  • Professionalism of editing and formatting
  • Characterization
  • Continuity of storyline
  • Satisfying ending (not necessarily “happy”)
  • Intriguing opening
  • Uniqueness of story
  • Writing craft
  • World construct
  • Premise

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 before Dec. 31, 2015 will be disqualified.
  • Novels must be 60,000 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 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 April 30, 2018 midnight.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print. Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.

Helpful Links

Announcement Schedule

Previous Winners:

2014 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

2013 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

2012 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

How The Contests Work

The Fine Print

If you have any questions or concerns, please email: info@ChantiReviews.com

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 admin@ChantiReviews.com.


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