Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Writing Contest 2014 – The Clue Awards - Deadline: September 30th, 2014


The Clue 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 Stores across 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
The Clue Awards Categories are:
Romantic Suspense
Cozy/Amateur Sleuth
Professional Sleuth
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Historical Mystery
Mystery Caper/Adventure
Mystery Crime
Private Eye/Noir
Legal/Medical/Police Procedural
Each work submitted 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
Red Herrings
Clues
The Clue Awards – Published Mystery Novels Division Eligibility Requirements

Novels may be Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
E-pubbed Novels with ISBN/AZIN designation will be accepted in the published division.
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. However, you may want to visit CBR’s Dante Rossetti Awards for YA page
Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2010 will not be accepted.
Fees, Entry Forms and Digital Files must be received before Sept. 30, 2014 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.
If none of the entries place in the final round, then it is possible that the judges will not award a 1st Place winner or category winners.
Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.
The Clue Awards – Manuscripts and Unpublished 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.
Young Adult works will be accepted. We invite you to read about CBR’s Dante Rossetti Awards for YA.
Fees, Submission Forms and Novel must be received before September 30, 2014 midnight.
Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print.
The Clue Awards Writing Competition Prizes - Published Division

First Place Winners in each category 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 Stores across 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

All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Books of 2014. All 1st Place winners will receive promotion and publicity.

The Clue Awards Writing Competition Prizes - Unpublished & Manuscripts Division

First Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Manuscript Overview Package (valued at $ 325.00) . All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Manuscripts of 2014.

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

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