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2012 Chess Journalists of America
Journalism Awards

As we approach our annual USCF U.S. Open, we at the Chess Journalists of America once again send out a call for nominations to our Annual Chess Journalists of America Chess Journalism Awards.  The CJA awards honor the best in all facets of chess journalism.  From journalism in print to those written and published online, the most excellent in chess articles, columns, photojournalism, infographics, layout and online are honored within their respective categories.  Recognized annually by their peers, the public and members of CJA, the prestigious awards showcase work in the categories listed below which were published between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.  Submissions must be received by June 15, 2012.

CJA is the national not-for-profit body formed to encourage, promote, represent and influence policies as they relate to chess journalism.  Membership is open to everyone, not necessarily only chess journalists, at an annual membership fee of $10.  Award winners are presented with certificates and are acknowledged both in Chess Life and CJA's newsletter The Chess Journalist.  CJA's Annual Chess Journalism Awards are also open to anyone and there is an entry fee of $15 (which includes membership or renewal to CJA) for the first entry and an $8 fee for each subsequent entry. For the Best Book category, the entry fee is $25 per book (no CJA membership is included). CJA is online at, for additional information on the awards or in joining CJA, please contact CJA Awards Committee Chairman Joshua Anderson at Our CJA President Al Lawrence  and I look forward to seeing you the CJA Members at our annual meeting [held concurrently with meetings at the USCF U.S. Open] this Summer 2012. Thank you


Chess Journalist of the Year
Best Story of the Year
Best Chess Column
Best State Magazine/Newsletter
Best Book (paper-printed only, six copies required)[updated 15-June-2012]

Best Tournament Report Article

Best Editorial

Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout

Best Recognition in Chess Advertising

Excellence in Chess Writing, Mainstream Media
Best Regular Newspaper Column
Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest


The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.

Best Chess Photojournalism

Best Features Article
Best Instructive Lesson
Best Review
Best Humorous Contribution

Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess
Best Historical Article
Best Interview
Best Chess Art
Best Analysis
Best Article for Children

The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.

Best [USCF] State Chapter Website
Best General Chess Website
Best Chess Blog

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