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The Mystery & Mayhem Book Awards – Cozy & Not-So-Cozy Mystery Novels


Thursday, April 30, 2020



Entry Fees

The entry fee is $99 for Non-Members and $75 for The Roost at Chanticleer members per entry per category.

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Prizes to be won: The 2020 M&M Division Grand Prize Winner will win $500 USD

The M&M Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Cozy Mystery Fiction Book of the Year, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year - if Overall Grand Prize Book is won, the the $500 will be forfeited for the $1,000 USD prize! Not a bad deal at all!
The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize
All Semi-Finalists will be recognized at the 2020 CIBA banquet and ceremony and the 2021 Chanticleer Authors Conference
All First in Category Winning Titles will go on to compete for the Mystery & Mayhem (aka M&M) Grand Prize
All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a coveted ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)

Approximately $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes each year!
~$1000 for one lucky Overall Grand Prize Winner
~ $500 for 15 CIBA Division Grand Prize Winners = $7,500 CASH awards
~$28,980 in prizes and promotional opportunities awarded to Category Winners


Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring “mystery and mayhem”, amateur sleuthing, light suspense, travel mystery, classic mystery, British cozy, hobby sleuths, senior sleuths, or historical mystery, perhaps with a touch of romance or humor, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. (For suspense, thriller, detective, crime fiction see our Clue Awards)

ENTER TO WIN the 2020 CIBA Overall Grand Prize of $1,000 USD for Best Book
or the 2020 M&M Book Awards Division Cash $500 Grand Prize
Or the PLUS more than $30,000 in Additional prizes, services, and awards for Semi-Finalists, 1st Place Category Winners and Division Grand Prize Winners!Enter to WIN the $500 M&M Grand Prize!
PLUS Additional prizes, services, and awards for Semi-Finalists, 1st Place Category Winners and Division Grand Prize Winners!
Five 1st Place Category Positions will take home blue ribbons and prize packages, digital badges, & more!
The Semi-Finalists will be recognized on stage at the CIBA ceremony and will be eligible for prize packages & services, digital badges, etc.

The M&M Awards Categories are:
-Romantic Suspense
-Mystery Caper/Adventure
-Amateur Sleuth
-Classic/British Cozy
-Historical Mystery
-Animal Mystery
-Small Town Cozy Mystery
Each work submitted will be judged on the following criteria:
-Is the story compelling?
-Professionalism of editing and formatting
-Continuity of storyline
-Satisfying ending (not necessarily “happy”)
-Intriguing opening
-Uniqueness of story
-Writing craft
-World construct
Eligibility Requirements:
-Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
-E-pub,. Word Documents, and PDFs accepted.
-All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.
-Entries must be in the English language.
-No erotica. No graphic violence, please.
-Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2017 will be disqualified.
-Novels must be 50,000 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 April 30, 2020 midnight PST.
Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print ( Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]


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