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2007 Cover Sheet
2007 Chess Journalists of America /
Cramer Journalism Awards
Jerry Hanken, President of the Chess Journalists
of America, and Dr. Frank Brady, chair of the Cramer Awards, jointly
announce their annual call for material published in print publications
or on the Internet. This year a number of categories have been
merged, and entrants should note the changes. Cramer Award winners
(categories 1 through 5) will receive the traditional marble obelisk
and a CJA certificate. All CJA category winners will receive a
CJA certificate. All winners will be recognized in The Chess
Journalist and Chess Life.
Print Entries: Submit one original and four photocopies, or five originals,
for each entry (see categories for exceptions). Print entries
may be from any publication in the U.S. or its territories.
Internet Entries: Mail the relevant URL(s) with the entry fee and five
cover sheets (note exceptions below) to the Chief Judge. E-mail
the relevant URL(s) to the CJA Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By entering, you are giving the CJA permission to display your
entry on the CJA site.
Eligibility: All entries must be for work published (print
or web) between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2007.
Fees: All entries, with the exception of the Cramer Award
categories and category 24, must send an entry fee of $15
for the first entry (includes membership or extension of membership
in the CJA) and $8 for each additional entry.
Cover Sheets: Every entry (originals and copies) must
include a cover sheet (go to http://chessjournalism.org).
E.g., if you are submitting one article in two categories, then
you would submit ten items and ten cover sheets. Please follow
the instructions on the cover sheet.
Entry Deadline: Cat. 3 through 24 should arrive
by June 30, 2007. Cat. 1 and 2 have a June 1,
[Update: entries for the June 30 deadline must only
be postmaked by June 30!].
Entry Destination: Send entries to Chief Judge Pete
Tamburro, 22 Budd Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Make checks payable to "Chess Journalists of America".
If you have questions, e-mail PTamburro@aol.com.
Judges: CJA members, including entrants, are encouraged to volunteer
for judging. As usual, no one is allowed to be judge (or chief
judge) in a category where they're entered. Please contact Pete
Tamburro if you're interested in volunteering.
Duplicate Entries: Most nominations are submitted by editors, so please
check with them before self-nominating.
Winners: Most categories will have one winner. The Gallery of Distinguished
Chess Journalists (#2), the Special Recognition Award (#23) and
the Mainstream Media category (#24) could have multiple winners.
Send entries to the Chief Judge, with checks payable to Chess
Journalists of America:
22 Budd St.
Morristown NJ 07960
The coversheet can
be downloaded by clicking one of the following links. For those
unable to download there is a web page version provided.
To view Entries Received (Internet Entries only) click
Chess Journalist of the Year
Only work from the past year will be considered. Awarded to the
person who has contributed the most to chess journalism in the past
Gallery of Distinguished Chess Journalists
Awarded to individuals from the past or present who have demonstrated
a lifetime of achievement in chess journalism. Nominators: supply
Send four originals. Open to books with 2006 or 2007 copyright.
Best Chess Column
Send three columns, four hard-copies of each column. Also, send
any relevant URL(s) to the Webmaster.
Best State Magazine (awarded to editor)
Send four original sets of one year's worth of issues. States that
have two publications (e.g., adult, junior) must submit them separately.
Official state publications only.
Most Notable Achievement in
Correspondence Chess Journalism
A web site, magazine, book, article or other correspondence journalism
effort that has been most noteworthy. May enter these in other categories
Send four original issues that show how the publication uses techniques
of presentation in its issue, which will be treated as a whole.
Best Chess Art
Send a magazine cover, Internet display, cartoon, drawing, etc.
A single photograph portraying some aspect of chess.
Best Tournament Report, Any Media
A story of one tournament occurring in the past year.
Best Regular Newspaper Column
Send three columns, four hard-copies of each column. Includes syndicated
Best Regular Newspaper Column of Local Interest
Send three columns, four hardcopies of each column. Limited to writers
of local, metropolitan or regional col.
Best State Web Site
Send URL. Official site promoting their state's chess.
Best General Web Site
Send URL. Demonstrates quality and a variety of topics.
Best Human Interest Story
Best article, column or story where the interest is not chess itself,
but the lives, emotions, and character of the people who play chess.
Best Historical Article
Describes some aspect of chess history.
Shows skill for eliciting instructive, revealing responses.
Clear stand on chess theme. Each side of "Pro v. Con" is eligible.
Reviews of books, movies, software, plays, etc.
Can be opening, middlegame, endgame, game, or several games that
have been looked into deeply.
Teaches chess to average players. Should be evidence of it being
a lesson and not just an annotated game.
Best Humorous Contribution
Open to tasteful jokes, satire, irony, parody, etc. with a chess
theme. Judges decide appropriateness of entry.
Special Recognition Award
Given to an entry that does not comfortably fit into any of the
other categories (e.g., crossword puzzle, article about math and
Excellence in Chess Writing,
Send four hard-copies or email a scan or URL to email@example.com.
Entries for this category are not eligible for other categories.
Awarded to chess writing in a mainstream publication (defined
as a magazine listed in the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature,
a daily or weekly newspaper, or an online site that is not chess-related).
Regular chess features are not eligible. No entry fee for this