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12th Annual Golden Crown Literary Award Finalists Announced

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Contact: Carleen Spry, Director of Outreach and Awards Liaison

                carleen.spry@goldencrown.org

 

12th Annual Golden Crown Literary Award Finalists Announced

Awards to be presented on July 9, 2016 at the Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA

Tickets on Sale Now

 

DALLAS, TX – Finalists for the 12th Annual Golden Crown Literary Awards  have been announced.  These awards, also known as “The Goldies,” are presented each year at the Annual GCLS Conference to recognize excellence in Lesbian Literature. The finalists were selected from a record breaking 448 submissions – a 14% increase over last year.  Over 70 judges spent a tremendous amount of time over the last 6 months reading and evaluating the submissions in order to select the finalists.

The Goldies were first presented in 2005 in 4 categories.  At present, the GCLS recognizes this excellence in 14 genre categories and 5 special categories, which include the Trailblazer Award and the Lee Lynch Classic Award.  Every year, the Board of Directors receives new category proposals for their consideration.  The world of Lesbian Fiction is growing - and the GCLS is growing right along with it. The winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the 12th Annual GCLS Conference. 

The 12th Annual GCLS Conference - to be held at the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA – will take place from July 6 through July 10, 2016. Conference and Awards Ceremony tickets are currently on sale.  Visit our website at www.goldencrown.org/page/2016Con for more information and to purchase tickets.

For more information about the Golden Crown Literary Society, membership benefits, educational programs, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website (www.goldencrown.org) or contact Executive Director Liz Gibson at lizz.gibson@goldencrown.org.


 

2016 Golden Crown Literary Award Finalists

 

Ann Bannon Popular Choice

Title
Author
Publisher
A Little Bit of Spice Georgia Beers Brisk Press
All We Lack
Sandra Moran
Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC
Backcast Ann McMan Bywater Books
Just Three Words
Melissa Brayden
Bold Strokes Books
Operation Stop Hate
Jessie Chandler
Train Wreck XPress
The Right Time Susan X Meagher Brisk Press
T-Minus Two
KG MacGregor
Bella Books
When it Raynes
C.D. Cain
Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC

 

Anthology/Collections (Creative Non-Fiction)

Title Author
Publisher
Landykes of the South
Rose Norman, Merril Mushroom, & Kate Ellison (eds.)
Sinister Wisdom
Retrospect: A Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric Zinethology
Sarah Sawyers-Lovett
Mend My Dress Press
The Short Side of Time
Sheila Morris Mockingbird Lane Press
Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity
Carter Sickels (ed.)
Ooligan Press













 

Anthology/Collections (Fiction)

 

Title
Author
Publisher
Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists!
Steve Berman (ed.) Lethe Press
Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam
Lori L. Lake & Jessie Chandler (eds.)
Launch Point Press
Out Latina Lesbians Nivea Castro & Geny Cabral (eds.)
Sinister Wisdom
Riding Passion D. Jackson Leigh Bold Strokes Books
Snake Memories and Other Stories Diana Rivers Hadra Books
Sweet Hearts Melissa Brayden, Rachel Spangler, & Karis Walsh
Bold Strokes Books
Tales of the Grimoire - Book One Astrid Ohletz & Gill McKnight (eds.)
Ylva Publishing
Through the Hourglass - Lesbian Historical Romance Sacchi Green & Patty G. Henderson (eds.)
The Liz McMullen Show Publication

 

Creative Non-Fiction

Title
Author
Publisher
Diary of a Gay, Pregnant Bride
Kelly Frankenberg
Self-Published
Girl Sex 101 Allison Moon Lunatic Ink
Hive-Mind Gabrielle Myers Lisa Hagan Books
Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender Rae Theodore Weasel Press
The Ghosts Who Travel with Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan's America
Allison Green Ooligan Press
We Came Alive in '75 Pat Deihl Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC







 

Debut Author

Title
Author
Publisher
Bad Idea Erica Yang Queerteen Press (an imprint of JMS Books)
Crossed Meredith Doench Bold Strokes Books
Golddigger Hilary McCollum Bella Books
My Best Friend's Girl Blythe H. Warren Bella Books
The Diplomat Sophia French Bella Books
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby Jean Copeland Bold Strokes Books
Threads of the Heart Jeannie Levig Bold Strokes Books
Wishbone Elaine Burnes Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC

 

Dramatic/General Fiction

Title
Author
Publisher
A Small Country About to Vanish Victoria Avilan Shaggy Dog Stories
A Story of Now Emily O'Beirne Ylva Publishing
All We Lack Sandra Moran Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC
Backcast Ann McMan Bywater Books
Heyday Marnie Woodrow Tightrope Books, Inc.
Kid Doreen Perrine Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC
Requiem for Vukovar Angela Koenig Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD
Wishbone Elaine Burnes Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC

 

Erotica

Title
Author
Publisher
Desire Behind Bars: Lesbian Prison Erotica
Salome Wilde & Talon Rihai (eds.)
Hillside Press
Don't be Shy - A collection of Erotic Lesbian Stories
Astrid Ohletz & Jae (eds.)
Ylva Publishing
Sheltered Love MJ Williamz Bold Strokes Books
Stuck Landing Lauren Gallagher Riptide Publishing
Summer Passion MJ Williamz Bold Strokes Books
The Muse Meghan O'Brien Bold Strokes Books
Thunder of War, Lightning of Desire: Lesbian Historical Military Erotica
Sacchi Green (ed.) Lethe Press
Wylde About Her Beth Wylde Desert Palm Press

 

Historical Fiction

Title
Author
Publisher
Golddigger Hilary McCollum Bella Books
In the Company of Women Kate Christie Bella Books
Midnight at the Orpheus Alyssa Linn Palmer Bold Strokes Books
Petticoats and Promises Penelope Friday Bella Books
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby Jean Copeland Bold Strokes Books
The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor Jess Faraday Bold Strokes Books
The Tattered Heiress - Volume Two of the Charlotte Olmes Mystery Series
Debra Hyde Riverdale Avenue Books
The Witch of Stalingrad Justine Saracen Bold Strokes Books

 

Mystery/Thriller

Title
Author
Publisher
Burning Intuition Makenzi Fisk Mischievous Books
Cold to the Touch Cari Hunter Bold Strokes Books
Fatal Intuition Makenzi Fisk Mischievous Books
Hold of the Bone Baxter Clare Trautman Bywater Books
Mackenzie's Beat Maggie Brown Bella Books
No Good Reason Cari Hunter Bold Strokes Books
Tarnished Gold Ann Aptaker Bold Strokes Books
The Red Files Lee Winter Ylva Publishing

 

Paranormal/Horror

Title
Author
Publisher
Good Enough to Eat Alison Grey & Jae Ylva Publishing
Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread Elizabeth Watasin A-Girl Studio
The Deadening: Book Three of the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy Yvonne Heidt Bold Strokes Books
The Demon Gabriella Rachel Calish Bella Books
The Misadventures of Two Reluctant Zombie Hunters: Zombies at the Con
Rhavensfyre RavensHeart Books
The Presence Charlene Neil Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD
Twisted Whispers Sheri Lewis Wohl Bold Strokes Books
Valley of the Dead Crystal M Romero Self-Published

 

Poetry

Title
Author
Publisher
Fallen Petals: Sappho's Corner Poetry Series, Volume 5
Beth Mitchum (ed.) UltraVioletLove Publishing
For Your Own Good Leah Horlick Caitlin Press
Furs Not Mine Andrea Cohen Four Way Books
I Carry My Mother Lesléa Newman
Headmistress Press
The Small Step Journey Chris Parsons Shadoe Publishing
The Tiger and The Snake Maria Ayala Shadoe Publishing



     

 

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure

Title
Author
Publisher
Desert Places Erica Abbott Bella Books
Forsaken Laydin Michaels Bold Strokes Books
Getting Lost Michelle Grubb Bold Strokes Books
One Last Thing Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou Bold Strokes Books
Reasonable Doubt Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books
The 45th Parallel Lisa Girolami Bold Strokes Books
T-Minus Two KG MacGregor Bella Books
Twice Lucky Mardi Alexander Bold Strokes Books

 

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Title
Author
Publisher
Darkstone D Jordan Redhawk Bella Books
Dragon Horse War: The Calling D. Jackson Leigh Bold Strokes Books
Lady Dragon D Jordan Redhawk Bella Books
Prayer of the Handmaiden Merry Shannon Bold Strokes Books
The Mystic Marriage Heather Rose Jones Bella Books
To Dream Paula Offutt Regal Crest Enterprises
Without a Front: The Producer's Challenge Fletcher DeLancey Ylva Publishing
Without a Front: The Warrior's Challenge Fletcher DeLancey Ylva Publishing

 

Tee Corinne Outstanding Cover Design

Title
Artist
Publisher
All We Lack Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC
Backcast Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books
Cast Me Gently Glendon Haddix Ylva Publishing
Forsaken Gabrielle Pendergrast Bold Strokes Books
Locked Inside Nancy Kaufman Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD
Secrets of Angels Ann McMan, Acorn Graphics Regal Crest Enterprises
White Horse in Winter
Gabrielle Pendergast
Bold Strokes Books
Wishbone  Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC

 

 

Traditional Contemporary Romance

Title
Author
Publisher
Just Physical Jae Ylva Publishing
Locked Inside Annette Mori Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD
Making a Comeback Julie Blair Bold Strokes Books
Pelican's Landing Gerri Hill Bella Books
The Princess and the Prix Nell Stark Bold Strokes Books
The Right Time Susan X Meagher Brisk Press
The Touch of a Woman KG MacGregor Bella Books
Zero Visibility Georgia Beers Brisk Press

 

Young Adult

Title
Author
Publisher
A Harvest of Ripe Figs Shira Glassman Prizm Books/Torquere Press
Bad Idea Erica Yang Queerteen Press (an imprint of JMS Books)
Finding Home Sheila Powell & Liz McMullen Sapphire Books Publisher
Missing Mary Cricket Watson Sapphire Books Publisher
The Coming of the Mojo Barbara Treat Williams Spinsters Ink
The Princess Brides: A Modern Day Fairy Tale D.K. Linda DKL Publishing
The Wrecking Faerie: A Charm School Novella Elizabeth Watasin A-Girl Studio
Tools of the Devil (Book 6 in the Clarksonville Series) Barbara L. Clanton Regal Crest Enterprises

 


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