Current Awards Categories (2006)
Cramer Award Categories
Category 1
Chess Journalist of the Year
Nominations should be sent to the Chief Judge for the CJA with a supporting statement. This should be a person who has greatly contributed to chess journalism this past year. Only work in the past year should be considered. Nominations are due by June 1, 2006.
Category 2
Gallery of Distinguished Chess Journalists
The honoree will have shown a lifetime record of achievement in chess journalism. The nomination should include a brief statement of why the person should be honored. Nominations are due by June 1, 2006 (No obelisk awarded in this category.)
Category 3
Best Book
Send 4 copies of a U.S. published book with a 2005 copyright.
Category 4
Best Chess Column, Any Media
Enter your three best columns. Web-based columns should send a hard copy and email the URL to the webmaster.
Category 5
Best State Magazine/Editor,
Open Division

Limited to the official publication of a state chess association. Supply four sets of one year's worth of issues. Each set must have a cover sheet. States that have two publications (e.g., adult and junior) must submit them separately.
Magazine Editor Categories
Category 6
Best State Magazine,
Under 1000 Circulation

Limited to the official publication of a state chess association. Supply four sets of one year's worth of issues. Each set needs a cover sheet. States that have two publications (e.g., adult and scholastic) must submit them separately. A statement of circulation must be included with the entry.
Category 7
Best Club Bulletin
Limited to the official publication of local chess clubs. Enter three best issues.
Category 8
Best Correspondence Chess Magazine
Limited to magazines dealing with correspondence chess. Enter your three best issues. Judges will be instructed to evaluate all productions in terms of new material presented in each as well as the repeated content (e.g., ratings).
Category 9
Best New Magazine
This may be any regular print publication and may include being the second publication of a state organization (e.g., a state youth magazine or newsletter). The sole requirement other than print is that it did not exist before June 1, 2005.
Category 10
Most Improved Magazine
Enter any two current-year issues and any one previous-year issue. The nominator may provide a typed sheet highlighting the improvements. Open to all print magazines.
Category 11
Best Cover
Open to all print magazines. Enter a cover that demonstrates how the publication combines the masthead with other graphic elements to put its best face forward.
Category 12
Best Layout
Open to all print magazines. Enter any one issue that demonstrates how the publication uses headlines, paragraphing, graphics, and printing processes to organize and highlight its material. This category judges layout for a single issue as a whole. Individual sections of a magazine will not be considered.
Magazine Author Categories
Category 13
Best Regular Magazine Column
Limited to writers of regular magazine columns. Enter your three best columns. Be sure to include the dates of publication.
Category 14
Best Magazine Tournament Report
Limited to writers of magazine articles telling the story of a single tournament that occurred in the past year.
Newspaper Author Categories
Category 15
Best Regular Newspaper Column
Limited to writers of local, metropolitan or syndicated newspaper columns. Enter your three best columns.
Category 16
Best Regular Newspaper Column of Local Interest
Limited to writers of local or metropolitan newspaper columns that demonstrate quality coverage of local chess and chess players. Enter three columns.
Category 17
Best Newspaper Tournament Report
Limited to newspaper articles reporting on one tournament.
Web-Based Categories
Category 18
Best State Website
Limited to official state organization websites.
Category 19
Best Internet Chess News Site
The winner will have shown a regular, accurate and objective reporting of chess news in the U.S. or the world.
Category 20
Best General Chess Web Site
The winner will be the site that best covers a wide range of chess topics, including, but not limited to, news, features, etc., in an easy-to-navigate manner.
Category 21
Best Web-Based Review
A review of a single book, play, movie, software, etc, that has a chess related theme and was expressly written for the web.
Category 22
Best Web-Based Analysis
An analysis of some aspect of a game or several games that has a theme that is looked at deeply and was expressly written for the web.
Category 23
Best Web-Based Instruction
Enter an item that teaches something about chess to average players. This must be something more than a typical annotated game and must have been expressly written for the web.
Category 24
Best Correspondence Chess Website
Must show regular or periodic updating of correspondence chess subjects.

Category 25
Best Web-Based Interview
Enter an interview that demonstrates the skill of the interviewer in eliciting instructive and revealing responses and must have been expressly written for the web.
General Author/Artist Categories
Category 26 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Press Release
Enter the original press release announcing or reporting a chess tournament or other chess related topic. Must identify at least one publication or web site that published material based upon the release.
Category 27 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
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 28 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Historical Article
Enter an article that describes some aspect of chess history.
Category 29
Best Interview
Enter an interview that demonstrates the skill of the interviewer in eliciting instructive and revealing responses.
Category 30 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Editorial
Enter an editorial that takes a clear stand on a chess related theme. Editors who have a counterpoint editorial (pro vs. con) must enter each position separately.
Category 31
Best Review
A review of a single book, play, movie, software, etc,. that has a chess related theme.
Category 32
Best Analysis
An analysis of some aspect of a game or several games that has a theme that is looked at deeply.
Category 33
Best Instruction
Enter an item that teaches something about chess to average players. This must be something more than a typical annotated game.
Category 34 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Humorous Contribution
(Cartoons see category 35.) Enter any jokes, satire, irony, parody, or exaggeration, etc., with a chess theme that makes the reader smile, chuckle or laugh out loud. The Chief Judge in advisement with the judges will decide it if is appropriately tasteful. The underlying criterion is that the humor would not be out of place it it were published in a state magazine that kids read.
Category 35 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Cartoon
Enter a single cartoon or strip with a chess related theme.
Category 36 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Chess Art
Enter a single work of art with a chess related theme. It may be part of a larger production (e.g., on the cover of a magazine) but it will be judged as an entity in and of itself.
Category 37 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best Chess Photograph
Enter a single chess photograph that portrays without words that chess is involved.
Category 38 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best General Chess Article
Any item that does not fit in the categories above. The chief judge reserves the right to move the entry to a more specific category if deemed more appropriate.
Category 39 [INTERNET ELIGIBLE]
Best piece with a chess related theme to appear in a non-chess or mainstream publication (this could include on-line publications if they are not normally chess related)
Any active CJA member may submit up to three entries in the category and the fee will be waived. We may award more than one prize if the number of entries warrant this. The name of the nominator will be included when the award(s) are announced.