What’s the big deal with 1750? Contest Spotlight: June brings us TWO historical writing competitions

2016-12-17T12:15:20-08:00By |

June is the perfect time to tidy up your historical fiction novel and submit it to one of our contests. In previous years all of our Historical Fiction was judged under the Chaucer awards. But we had so many entries in 2015 that we had to divide it into two novel competitions. There are too many different categories of Historical Fiction all deserving of their own contest, creating nearly  impossible decisions for the judges. So, we have divided the Chaucer contest in two by a date some might consider arbitrary—1750, and named the categories the Chaucer Awards (pre-1750) and the Goethe Awards (post 1750). What is so special about 1750? 1750 is considered by many historians to be a pivotal date in the history of humankind--in both Western and Eastern history. There are several movements that shaped this new era. Prior to 1750, monarchy was the prevailing form of government. "Citizenry" (as opposed to being a "subject") was a radical new concept that was taking root due to the British Colonies in America revolting against the British monarchy. The concept that individuals were not just "subjects" of a monarchy, but humans with inalienable rights spread like wildfire throughout Europe leading, to the French Revolution.  The 1750s brought about a completely new way of thinking about governance. With this came the concept of the right to own private property rather than being "entrusted" with it by royalty and subjected to the whims of the monarch granting the property. Secondly, [...]

Contest Spotlight: March Madness brings “Mystery & Mayhem” to our Writing Competitions

2016-12-17T12:15:22-08:00By |

For some March Madness is basketball, for us at Chanticleer Reviews it's that last minute rush, as Mystery Authors scramble to meet our March 31st deadline for the Mystery & Mayhem Awards (aka the M&M's). The M&M's cozy mysteries is one of our favorite categories and we have many fond memories of amazing books and authors winning M&M's. Some, like author Pamela Beason's THE ONLY WITNESS--which answers the question: "What would happen if a signing gorilla was the only witness to a terrible crime?"--taking not just taking the M&M's but also the top overall grand prize. Pam is working on creating a dynasty as she won again with her sequel THE ONLY CLUE, taking the M&M Grand Prize for 2014. And for 2015 her RACE WITH DANGER is a contender in in our Dante Rossetti awards! Our 2013 M&M Grand Prize winner Bernadette Pajer's FATAL INDUCTION: A PROFESSOR BRADSHAW MYSTERY is another favorite here in the Chanticleer office. Revolving around a race to win an electrical engineering competition in Seattle 1901, the time of Tesla! Bernadette has gone on to write four book in the series and we couldn't be happier to see the witty and entertaining Professor Bradshaw continue his escapades of electrical engineering and solving mysteries with science. Your book could earn a place in our M&M hall of fame for 2016. All you have to do is enter. What are the M&M's? Our Mystery & Mayhem Awards are the Chanticleer Reviews search [...]