Thursday, 5 June 2014

The Cygnus Awards – Fantasy and SciFi Blue Ribbon Awards Writing Contest – Deadline: Jan. 31st, 2015.



The Cygnus Awards First Place Award Winning Authors will receive:
Award winning books will be placed on the Chanticleer Book Shelves (which sell and promote the winning titles). Our CBR Book Shelves are located in participating Independent Book Storesacross the U.S.
A coveted Chanticleer Book Review
A CBR Blue Ribbon embossed with the Contest Name, Author Name, and Book Title to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
Digital award stickers for on-line promotion
Adhesive book stickers
Shelf-talkers and other promotional items
Promotion in print and on-line media
Review of book distributed to on-line sites and printed media publications
Review, cover art, and author synopsis listed in CBR’s newsletter

And the 1st Place Award winners will automatically be entered into the GRAND PRIZE AWARD for title of The Best of the CBR Award Winning Books of 2015!
The Cygnus Awards Categories are:
Steampunk
Science Fiction
Time Travel
Fantasy
Paranormal
Mythological
Soft Sci-Fi/Young Adult
Speculative Fiction
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
The Cygnus Awards – Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels Division Eligibility Requirements
Novels may be Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
E-pubbed Novels will be accepted.
All novels must have ISBN/AZIN designation.
Entries must be in the English language.
Please note if BSE (British Standard English) is used instead of ASE.
No erotica. No graphic violence, please.
Young Adult Novels are accepted.
Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2011 will not be accepted.
Fees, Submission Forms and Digital File must be received before Jan. 31st, 2015 midnight.
Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print.
Novels must be 30,000 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.
Manuscripts and Unpublished The Cygnus Awards for Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels Division Eligibility Requirements

Novels may not be published or under publishing contract at time of entry.

Novels may not have ISBN designation at time of submission.

Digital Files must be submitted in PDF or EPUB form.

Single space

Please use a font with a serif such as Times New Roman
Font size 11 or 12, please.
One inch margins all the way around.
Title must appear on each page.
Pages must be numbered sequentially in the header and the footer.
Please use page breaks between chapters.
Word count of 30,000 plus.
No erotica or graphic violence, please.
YA Novels are accepted.
Fees, Submission Forms and Novel must be received before Jan. 31, 2015 midnight.
Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print.
Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.
The Cygnus Awards – Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels Writing Competition Prizes – Published Division

First Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Book Review Package (valued at $245.00) and The Cygnus Awards CBR First Place Blue Ribbons (digital and stickers). All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Books of 2015. All 1st Place winners will receive promotion and publicity.

The Cygnus Awards Writing Competition Prizes – Unpublished & Manuscripts Division

First Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Manuscript Overview Package (valued at $325.00) . Or they may elect to submit their work when it published for aChanticleer Book Review. All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Manuscripts of 2015.

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

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