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Chess Journalists of America
Press Release
March 15, 2000

The Chess Journalists of America announce their annual awards for materials appearing in chess publications in the past year. These prestigious awards are open to all chess journalists published in print journals in the U.S.

A new category has been introduced for internet journalists: Best Online Article. There are no restrictions on the content of this article. The CJA has a web site where you may contact the officers of the group: http://chessjournalism.org/.

Anyone wishing to be a judge should contact the CJA president, Pete Tamburro, at Ptamburro@aol.com.

The step-by-step procedure for all entrants is as follows:

  • Submit one original and four photocopies (or four originals) for each entry.
  • All entries must have been published between June 1, 1999 and May 31, 2000.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries which can be made.
  • The entry fee for the first item is $15, which includes membership in CJA. Current CJA members will have their membership extended one year. The second through fifth entry are $5 additionally for each entry. Entries from one publication after the first five shall be free for all the additional entries.
  • Each entry shall have an 8.5 by 11 cover sheet indicating the category (if more than one category, must be submitted in separate packets), the name of the publication (mag., nwspr., website, etc.) the entry appears in.
  • The deadline for submission is July 1, 2000.
  • Send entries to the Chief Judge: Helen Warren, P.O. Box 305, Western Springs, IL 60558-0305.
  • For acknowledgement of your entry, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard.
  • Award categories follow.

    Magazine Editor Award Categories

    Category 1
    Chess Journalist of the Year
    The deadline for nominations closes on July 1.
    Category 2
    Best State Magazine,
    Open Division

    Limited to the official publication of state chess associations. Enter any three consecutive issues.
    Category 3
    Best State Magazine,
    under 1000 circulation

    Limited to the official publication of state chess associations. Enter any three consecutive issues.
    Category 4
    Best Club Bulletin
    Limited to the official publication of local chess clubs. Enter any three consecutive issues.
    Category 5
    Best Postal Magazine
    Limited to the official publication of postal chess organizations. Enter any three consecutive issues.
    Category 6
    Best New Magazine
    Limited to publications, not newspapers, unconnected with lesser organizational memberships, thereby being ineligible for state, club, or postal categories. (This category includes Chess Life, Inside Chess, etc. It could also include electronic serical publications, but does not include a series of books such as the informants.)
    Category 7
    Most Improved Magazine
    Enter any two current-year issues and any one previous-year issue. Include information as to how the magazine has been improved. Open to all magazines.
    Category 8
    Best Cover
    Open to all magazines. Enter a cover that demonstrates how the publication combines the masthead with other graphic elements to put its best face forward. An editor or publisher may enter more than one cover in this category, with each different cover consisting as a submission.
    Category 9
    Best Layout
    Open to all magazines. Enter any one issue that demonstrates how the publication uses headlines, paragraphing, graphics, and printing processes to organize and highlight its material.

    Magazine Author Award Categories

    Category 10
    Best Regular Magazine Column
    Limited to writers of regular magazine columns. Enter three consecutive columns that demonstrate how the columnist consistently maintains high standards. Be sure to include the dates of publication.
    Category 11
    Best Magazine Tournament Report
    Limited to writers of magazine articles. Enter one article, including any crosstables, photos and games, reporting on one tournament, league, or match.
    Newspaper Author Award Categories

    Category 12
    Best Regular Newspaper Column
    Limited to writers of local, metropolitan, or syndicated newspaper columns. Enter any three consecutive columns that demonstrate how the columnist consistently maintains high quality.
    Category 13
    Best Newspaper Column of Local Interest
    Limited to writers of local or metropolitan newspaper columns. Enter three columns that demonstrate consistent coverage of chess generated by local residents.
    Category 14
    Best Newspaper Tournament Report
    Limited to writers of local, metropolitan, or syndicated newspaper columns. Enter one article, including any crosstables, photos, and games, reporting on one tournement, match, or league.
    General Author/Artist Award Categories

    Category 15
    Best Chess Promotion
    Enter one article or column aimed at bringing new people into chess, or increasing the participation of those only mildly interested.
    Category 16
    Best Press Release
    Enter the original press release announcing or reporting a chess tournament or other chess-related topic. Must identify at least one chess newspaper or other publication that publishes material based upon the release.
    Category 17
    Best Human Interest Story
    Enter a story, article, column, or anecdote in which the center of interest is not chess itself, but the lives, emotions, and character of the people who play chess.
    Category 18
    Best Historical Article
    Enter an article that describes the development of chess organizations, activities, styles, or players.
    Category 19
    Best Interview
    Enter an interview with a chess personality that demonstrates the skill of the interviewer in eliciting instructive and revealing responses.
    Category 20
    Best Editorial
    Enter an editorial that takes a clear stand and urges a particular course of action in connection with a chess-related theme.
    Category 21
    Best Humorous Contribution
    Enter any non-graphic material, such as jokes, satire, irony, parody, or exageration, with a chess theme that makes the reader smile, chuckle, or laugh.
    Category 22
    Best Review
    Enter a review of a single book, play, movie, computer program, etc., that has a chess-related theme.
    Category 23(a)
    Best Analysis, Openings

    Category 23(b)
    Best Analysis, Endings

    Category 23(c)
    Best Analysis, Other
    Enter an article that demonstrates deep study of a particular opening, ending, or other type of deep study, such as a complete game, or fragment of a game.
    Category 24
    Best Instruction
    Enter an article or column that attempts to teach something about chess to average players. This must be something more than a typical annotated game.
    Category 25
    Best Cartoon
    Enter a single cartoon or a cartoon strip with a chess-related theme.
    Category 26
    Best Chess Art
    Enter a single work of art with a chess-related theme. The artwork must have been used in some manner other than just as a work of art. The usage must also be submitted.
    Category 27
    Best Chess Photograph
    Enter a single photograph with a chess-related theme that has been used in some chess-related manner. A stand-alone photograph not used in a journalistic manner is not appropriate.
    Category 28
    Best New Chess Book
    Limited to books by U.S. authors published in the last year.
    Category 31
    Best Online Article
    Enter one article.
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