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2016 Chess Journalists of America
Journalism Awards Program

The Chess Journalists of America once again sends out a call for nominations to our Annual Chess Journalists of America (CJA) Chess Journalism Awards. The CJA awards recognize the best in all facets of chess journalism, print and online. The best chess articles, columns, photojournalism, layout, and online writing are honored within their respective categories. Recognized annually by their peers, the public, and members of CJA, the prestigious awards showcase American works published in English between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

CJA is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and promotes chess journalism. Membership is open to everyone at an annual membership fee of $10 (foreign membership is $15 per year). Award winners will be presented with on-line certificates which can be printed or copied and will be acknowledged in CJA's newsletter, The Chess Journalist, as well as a permanent listing on the CJA website. CJA's Annual Chess Journalism Awards are open to anyone. There is an entry fee of $15 for the first entry (this includes membership or renewal to CJA) and an $8 fee for each subsequent entry. CJA is online at, and provides additional information on submitting entries. Interested parties can also contact CJA Awards Committee Chairman Joshua Anderson at Our CJA President Joshua Anderson will announce these awards first at the annual CJA meeting (during the U.S. Open), followed shortly by a complete listing on the CJA web site.

Submissions must be made by June 15, 2016. Submissions (except the book category) are to be made electronically to the Awards Chairman via email. Please include where entry was published, category entry should be placed in, date published, and who should receive the reward. Submissions can be paid for via paypal or with a check made out to CJA and sent to :

Joshua M. Anderson
206 Locust Lane
Exton, PA 19341


   Best Story of the Year
   Best Chess Column
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter
   Chess Journalist of the Year

   Best Book - Instructional (paper copy), six copies required
   Best Book - Other (paper copy), six copies required
   Best Electronic Book

   Best Photojournalism
   Best Single Photo
   Best Chess Art
   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout

   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 Historical Article
   Best Tournament Report Article
   Best Interview
   Best Analysis
   Best Features Article
   Best Instructive Lesson
   Best Humorous Contribution
   Best Review
   Best Club Newsletter/ Magazine

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

   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website
   Best General Chess Website
   Best Chess Blog
   Best State Newsletter (Electronic Issue Only)

Aside from the traditional awards, we had added a free category just for members of the Chess Journalists of America.  In an effort to promote the organization and reward chess news in mainstream publications, we would like to invite CJA members to submit articles from mainstream publications.  These articles will be evaluated by a group of judges much like entries in any other category.  Those articles that are voted in the top third will receive notification and an award on the website, like the other award winners.  

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