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2017 AWARDS CATEGORIES

  • GCLS Literary Awards are presented in 13 different ‘genre’ categories (see below) plus a general category for debut authors. If unsure of which category is appropriate for the book being nominated, please contact the Awards Administrators at  awards@goldencrown.org.

  • GCLS also presents five additional awards: Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Design, GCLS Trailblazer Award, Lee Lynch Classic Award, and the GCLS Directors’ Award. All nominations for these awards are due by December 31, 2016.

  • The number of awards in each 'genre' category plus the Debut Author category will be determined using the following formula:
    • 1 book nominated - no awards given in that category
    • 2-4 books nominated - up to 4 finalists and 1 award presented
    • 5-7 books nominated - up to 7 finalists and 2 awards presented
    • 8 or more books nominated - up to 8 finalists and 3 awards presented
  • If fewer than 2 books are nominated in a category, the category will be eliminated for the current awards year.
  • The Awards Administrators may, at their discretion, move a book into a more appropriate category. If the book cannot be placed in a suitable category the administrative fee will be refunded and the books returned.

 

Award Category Descriptions and Judging Guidelines

Anthology/Collections (Fiction)

Includes individual and/or multi-author fiction collections and/or short stories of any genre that may cover a large variety of topics, excluding erotica.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, the works are by, for, and/or about lesbian issues, experiences, and lives.


Anthology/Collections (Creative Non-Fiction)

 

Includes individual and/or multi-author collections such as essays, humor, commentary, historical accounts, personal narrative, etc., excluding erotica.

 

Judging Guidelines: In this category, the works are by, for, and/or about lesbian issues, experiences, and lives.

 

  

Creative Non-Fiction

Includes essays, humor, commentary, memoir, travel writing, historical accounts, personal narrative, and biography. As with literary fiction, the creative non-fiction writer pays attention to language, rhythm, narration, and voice. In other words, it is “true stories well told.” (https://www.creativenonfiction.org/what-is-creative-nonfiction)


Judging Guidelines: In this category, the works are by, for, and/or about lesbian issues, experiences, and lives.

 

Debut Author

This category is for authors who have published their first book during the time period covered by this awards cycle. (Academic books and non-lesbian works are not considered for this award, nor does the publication of academic or non-lesbian works disqualify an author from this category.)

Judging Guidelines: In this category, originality and writing skill are taken into consideration. In the event an author published multiple titles during the nomination period, the FIRST published book must be the one nominated for this category.

 

Dramatic/General Fiction

Includes Drama, Sagas, Coming Out, Literary Novels, and all General Fiction.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, the works are about lesbians, but do not focus primarily on romance and/or sex, though those elements are often present.

 

Erotica

Includes Erotica novels, anthologies, and collections that contain a high level of sexual content.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, sex (which may be coupled with romance) is the primary focus.

 

Historical Fiction

For the purpose of the GCLS Literary Awards, a novel is classified as "Historical" must meet one of the following criteria: The novel must be written at least forty (40) years after the events described OR by someone who was not alive at the time of those events.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, the historical elements must be part of the main plot/theme of the book. There can be romantic elements, but they are not necessarily the main focus.

 

Mystery/Thriller

Novels in which a mystery, puzzle, or search, particularly in the realm of crime, are central to the main plot. For mysteries, in general there would be sleuth(s) detecting, crime(s) committed, and resolution to the mystery. Thrillers may include mystery elements as well as suspense, action, and/or searches and chases.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, no love story or personal issues for the main character(s) ever constitute the main plot (though subplots of romance or personal issues may exist). The major focus is on solving crimes, catching criminals, saving the world, and the like. When romance, intrigue, or romantic adventures are major elements that loom larger than the mystery or thriller plot, the book belongs in the Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure category. Novels that are not primarily mysteries or thrillers, but are nominated in this category, will be judged accordingly.

 

Paranormal/Horror

Novels in which vampires or other creatures, ghosts, or some sort of paranormal happenings constitute a major part of the plot.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, paranormal and horror events are central. Though subplots of romance and drama, the major focus does not have to be on love and romance.

 

Poetry

Includes single author or multi-author collections of poetry.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, the poems touch primarily upon lesbian issues, experiences, and lives.

 

 

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure

 

Novels which focus primarily on the romantic relationship and include complex suspense, intrigue, and/or adventure subplots as an integral part of the plot.

 

Judging Criteria: In this category, the love story is a major focus of the novel with complex suspense, intrigue, and/or adventure elements supporting the plot. Not to be confused with the Mystery/Thriller category (where the main plot line is the mystery or thriller aspects), the culmination of the storylines in these novels achieves and emotionally satisfying romantic storyline as well as resolving issues of suspense, intrigue, or adventure. In other words, the blending of Mystery/Thriller and Traditional Contemporary Romance.

 

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Includes stories where the future, a fantasy world, time travel, or aliens, etc. constitute a major part of the plot.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, futuristic, fantasy events are central. Though subplots of romance and drama may exist, the major focus does not have to be on love and romance.

 

Traditional Contemporary Romance

Romance novels which focus primarily on the romantic relationship of the two main characters.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. There may be secondary storylines (drama, coming out, family dynamics, etc.), but the romance is the main storyline. These novels take place in the present or very recent past.

 

Young Adult

This category is for any young adult novel, regardless of genre. The main focus of the plot must revolve around young adults and/or young adult issues. Young adult novels are defined as novels published for young adults that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.

Judging Guidelines: In this category, young adult themes are the focus of the novel. it can be romance, science fiction, or any other genre, but must focus on young adults. These novels do not necessarily have to take place in the present.

 

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award

This award is voted on by members of the Golden Crown Literary Society. Voting eligibility requires active membership in the Golden Crown Literary Society on the day the voting opens. There is a $15.00 fee to nominate a book for this award; however, submission of books is NOT required for this category. All other criteria for nominations are applicable. All nominations will be compiled and the Membership will vote to narrow the field to a shortlist of eight (8) finalists. The Membership will vote again to determine the winner from the eight (8) finalists.

 

Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Design

This award is voted on by members of the Golden Crown Literary Society. Voting eligibility requires active membership in the Golden Crown Literary Society on the day voting opens.  There is a $15.00 fee to nominate a book cover for this award; however, submission of books is NOT a requirement for this category. All other criteria for nominations are applicable. All nominations will be compiled and the Membership will vote to narrow the field to a shortlist of eight (8) finalists. The Membership will vote again to determine the winner from the eight (8) finalists.

This award sets a professional bar for the look of our books by offering an award for best or "favorite" cover design. The award provides recognition for artistic work that contributes to the promotion of a quality product in our marketplace. The award honors cover designs that create a beautiful representation of the story and put a professional face on the lesbian genre. Cover design goes beyond the art and includes the typography and layout of the printed words as well as how the visual elements are arranged.

 

GCLS Trailblazer Award

This award is for lifetime achievement and is presented each year to a single author in recognition of the contributions made to the field of lesbian literature. To be eligible to win, the author must meet specific criteria. The author must have published a significant body of work over a period of at least 20 years and written lesbian-themed works that have had a positive impact upon the growth and visibility of the field of lesbian literature. This award can be given posthumously.

Nominations for the Trailblazer Award are eagerly solicited from any member and can be made online on the Trailblazer Nomination page. Past GCLS Trailblazers choose the recipient of this award.

 

Lee Lynch Classic Award

The GCLS aims to recognize books/titles that convey meaningful lesbian experiences with influential historical value to the lesbian community, recognizing that individual perceptions of classics will differ. The Classics Award differs from the Trailblazer Award in that the Classic Award is for a specific book/title that is timeless (e.g., Lee Lynch for The Swashbuckler).

Criteria Are:

  1. Publication date pre-dates the GCLS Literary Awards (i.e., Pre-2004);
  2. Book/Title is currently available and has been consistently available over the years;
  3. The book reflects the lesbian experience, lives, and/or history in a meaningful way;
  4. The book can be fiction, non-fiction, or poetry;
  5. The book must be representative of the time period in which it was written and yet still resonate with present day readers;
  6. The book can now be considered a "classic" in the lesbian community.

Nominations for Lee Lynch Classic Award are eagerly solicited from any member and can be made online on the Lee Lynch Classic Award Nomination page. All nominations will be compiled and the past GCLS Trailblazers will vote to determine the winning title. If a Trailblazer's book has been nominated, that Trailblazer will be removed from the voting. The winning title will be announced on February 3rd (Gertrude Stein's birthday), a GCLS defined "Lesbian Classics Day," by posting the winner on the GCLS website. (This will afford the author(s) enough time to plan on attending the conference, should they wish to receive their award at the Awards Ceremony.)

 

GCLS Director's Award

The GCLS Directors' Award is presented to a single GCLS member in recognition of contributions made to the Golden Crown Literary Society during the past year and/or to the ongoing mission of the organization over a longer period of time. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be a GCLS member in good standing. Nominations for the Directors' Award are eagerly solicited from any member and can be made on the Directors' Award Nomination page. This award is chosen by the GCLS Board of Directors.


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