The Chanticleer Blue Ribbon Awards Writing Competitions discover outstanding works and recognize emerging new talent in today’s era of unbounded publishing.

Submissions to CBR Blue Ribbons Awards are received from around the world. Entries hail from the United Kingdom, Germany, Malta, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Iceland, and more. Our writing competitions are truly international in scope.

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These are approximate dates for announcements and projections. We appreciate your patience!

2014 Awards Announcements

Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: Jan. 30, 2014
  • Finalists announced: Aug. 15, 2014
  • 1st Place category winners announced: Late September, 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  2015 Awards Banquet

Journey Awards for Narrative Non- Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014
  • Finalists announced: Late Aug., 2014
  • 1st Place category winners announced: late Oct., 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD 2015 Awards Banquet

Mystery & Mayhem Awards for Cozy Mystery  Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: March 30, 2014
  • Finalists announced: Sept., 2014
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  Nov. 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  2015  Awards Banquet

Dante Rossetti  Awards for Young Adult Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: May, 2014
  • Finalists announced: Aug. 30, 2014
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD early October, 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD 2015 Awards Banquet

Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: Aug. 30, 2014
  • Finalists announced: Feb. 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD April 2015
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  2015 Awards Banquet

Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2014
  • Finalists announced: Jan. 1, 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD late April 2015
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  2015 Awards Banquet

Laramie  Awards for Historical Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: July 31, 2014
  • Finalists announced: Feb., 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD May 2015
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  2015 Awards Banquet

The Clue Awards for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense  Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014
  • Finalists announced: March 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD May 2015
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  2015 Awards Banquet

The Paranormal Awards for Super-natural Powers & Extra Sensory Perception  Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Finalists announced: April  2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD late-June. 2015
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD   Awards Banquet 2015

The Somerset Awards for Contemporary, Mainstream, & General  Fiction 2014:

  • Submissions Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014
  • Finalists announced: May 2015
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD July 2015
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner:  TBD   Awards Banquet 2015

Great Beginnings CBR Writing Competitions

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The Great Beginnings Writing Competition for Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction

Winter Contest:

  • Currently accepting submissions
  • Submissions Deadline: December 30,  2014
  • Winners announced: Feb. 1st, 2015
  • Word count: 250 – 1,000 max. firm

Summer Contest:Enter Now

  • Submissions will be accepted after Feb. 1st, 2014
  • Submissions Deadline: June 30,  2014
  • Winners announced: Aug. 1st, 2014
  • Word count: 250 – 1,000 max. firm

Short Stories & Novelettes

Winter Reads

  • Submissions Deadline: June 15,  2014
  • Winners announced: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Word count: 30,000 maximum firm
  • Dates allow for holiday submissions to magazines and publications

Summer Reads Enter Now

  • Submissions Deadline: Jan. 15,  2015
  • Winners announced: Feb. 15, 2015
  • Word count: 30,000 maximum firm
  • Dates allow for submissions to magazines and publications

Full length Published Novels and Manuscript CBR Writing Competitions

Manuscripts and Published Novels compete separately during the first three rounds. CBR does not distinguish between self-published and traditionally published novels that are entered into our writing competitions.

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CBR – Grand Prize Award

NOTE: These are tentative dates and are subject to change. We will continuously update these page as writing competitions rotate.

Each work entered will be judged on the following criteria:

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

Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book 2013

Grand Prize Blue Ribbon for Best Book 2013 will receive a $ 1,000 plus prizes and promotion.  The winner will be announced in June  2014 at the Grand Prize Awards Banquet. There will be only one CBR Grand Prize Blue Ribbon Winner 2013. Only First Place Genre award winners may compete for the Grand Prize for Best Book 2013. If a manuscript wins, it will be eligible to be  forwarded to literary agents who have contacted CBR for first peeks at outstanding manuscripts (upon author approval).  Prizes and Ribbons will be awarded at Chanticleer Book Reviews Awards Banquet that will be held on Sept. 20 2014.

2013 Dates*  (Dates are the Official Listings on Website)

The Journey Awards 2013 for Narrative Non-fiction:

  • Submissions Deadline: January 31,  2013
  • Finalists announced: April 19, 2013
  • 1st Place category winners announced: May 30, 2013
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  at Awards Banquet, Sept. 20, 2014.

Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction 2013:Enter Now

  • Submissions Deadline: Feb. 28, 2013
  • Finalists announced: April 24, 2013
  • 1st Place category winners announced: June 8, 2013
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  at Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014

Mystery & Mayhem Awards for Cozy Mystery Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: March 30, 2013
  • Finalists announced: July 14, 2013
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  mid-Oct. 2013
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  at Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014.

Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2013
  • Finalists announced: Oct. 1, 2013
  • 1st Place category winners announced: late Nov. 2013
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  at Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014

Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: July 31, 2013
  • Finalists announced: Nov. 20, 2013
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD late-Dec. 2013
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD at Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014

Laramie  Awards for Historical Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: July 31, 2013
  • Finalists announced: Nov. 1, 2013
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD mid-Dec. 2013
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014

Dante Rossetti  Awards for Young Adult Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: Aug. 31, 2013.
  • Finalists announced: Nov. 30, 2013.
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  Jan. 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  at Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014.

The Clue Awards for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense  Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013
  • Finalists announced: Jan. 15, 2014
  • 1st Place category winners announced: late-Feb. 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD  at Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014

The Paranormal Awards for Super-natural Powers & Extra Sensory Perception  Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: Oct. 31, 2013.
  • Finalists announced: Feb. 1st, 2014.
  • 1st Place category winners announced: TBD late-June. 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner: TBD   Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014

The Somerset Awards for Contemporary, Mainstream, & General  Fiction 2013:

  • Submissions Deadline: Nov. 30, 2013
  • Finalists announced: Feb. 18, 2014
  • 1st Place category winners announced:  mid-April 2014
  • Overall Genre 1st Place Award winner:  TBD   Awards Banquet; Sept. 20, 2014

Chanticleer Book Reviews Grand Prize Award for Best Book and First Place Overall Genre Winners 2014 will be announced early  2015. 

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

We 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 info@ChantiReviews.com about any concerns, questions, or suggestions about CBR writing competitions. Your input is important to us.

Don’t delay. Enter today!

 

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