October 10th Getting Gritty: Writing Something Real for the YA Market.

Join us with author and developmental editor Clete Barrett Smith for a presentation on Getting Gritty: Writing Something Real for the YA Market. Clete Barrett Smith hails from the Pacific NW. He has published several middle grade novels under the Disney-Hyperion label including: Magic Delivery and the Aliens in Disguise series. 

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

Chanticleer Book Reviews Contest Announcements

The Chatelaine Awards ~ Romantic Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~ 2018

Deadline: August 31st, 2018

Description: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart, historical love affairs, perhaps a little steamy romance, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. (Hint: check other genres for romance categories as well, such as paranormal, young adult, mystery, etc., multiple submissions are welcome)

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 Chatelaine Grand Prize
  • The Chatelaine Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Romantic 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)

Price of Entry: $75

 

 

 

The Little Peeps Awards ~ Children’s Books Early Readers Contest ~ 2018

Deadline: September 30th, 2018

Description: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience for Early Readers. Story books, Beginning Chapter Books, Picture Books, Activity Books & Educational Books we will put them to the test and choose the best Children’s Books 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 Little Peeps Grand Prize
  • The Little Peeps Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Children’s 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)

Price of Entry: $55

 

 

 

The Clue Awards ~ Thriller and Suspense Fiction Novel Writing Contest~ 2018

Deadline: September 30th, 2018

Description: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring suspense, thrilling adventure, detective work, private eye, police procedural, and crime solving, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. (For light-hearted Mystery and Suspense entries see our Mystery & Mayhem Awards)

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 Clue Grand Prize
  • The Clue Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Suspense/Thriller 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)

Price of Entry: $75

 

 

 

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.
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines:
    • 12 point font – Times New Roman suggested.
    • Single or double-spaced. Single spaced preferred by judges.
    • Name, title, and word count on cover page.
    • Pages should be numbered.
    • Digital WORD documents or PDF only.
  • 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 Sept. 30th, 2018 midnight.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print. Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.

The Fine Print: https://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-terms-and-conditions/

Main Website: https://www.chantireviews.com/

 

Thank you for your time, if you have any questions or want to get in touch with us, please contact: sanderson@chantireviews.com

Sept 12–Welcome Back ~ Welcome Back ~Welcome Back

Whatcom Writers and Publishers invites all writers to our welcome-back-kick-off meeting. It will begin with Sean Dwyer highlighting a compiled list of conferences and sales opportunities to consider this year. There will also be plenty of time to reconnect after the summer holiday and share your summer news. We’ll have table space to show and sell your books. Please RSVP  to guarantee a seat. The official start time is 6 pm; come at 5:30 to get happy hour prices.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

June 13 -Writing in a Kindle World

In an increasingly crowded publishing world, it is easy to get lost in the two million books put out each year. How will readers find you? One way is to get connected with a best-selling author on the Kindle World platform. Janet Oakley will talk about her experience writing in Toby Neal’s Kindle World and how it’s positively impacted the sale of her historical fiction. She’ll talk about how KW works, how you can choose a world that works for you and why it’s a good way to stretch your writing skills while gaining new readers.

Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WW II with characters standing up for something in their own time and place as well as cozy mysteries set in Hawaii. Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize, the 2014 First Place Chaucer Award and the 2015 WILLA Silver Award. Foraying into a Kindle World introduced her work to new readers as well stretched her writing in a new genre.  This coming fall, she will be presenting at the PNWA on putting history into mysteries. When not writing, she demonstrates 19th-century folkways.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.