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Golden Crown Literary Society Names 2018 Lee Lynch Classic Award Recipient

Saturday, February 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carleen Spry


Contact: Sallyanne Monti, PR & Marketing Manager,

Date: February 3, 2018



The GCLS has named the 1974 legendary novel Riverfinger Women as the 2018 Lee Lynch Classic Award Recipient  

Riverfinger Women by Elana Nachman/Elana Dykewomon is an essential part of American literary history, LGBT literature, politics, and popular culture. Riverfinger Women was selected by a panel of judges (which included Dorothy Allison and GCLS Trailblazers M.E. Kerr/Marijane Meaker and Lillian Faderman) as #87 in The Publishing Triangle's list of 100 best lesbian and gay novels.

In an April 2015 interview with Women & Words, Elena Dykewomon describes, in brief, how Riverfinger Woman came into being:

“I wrote it in great gulps as I was leaving college; at the urging of one of my professors, I sent it to Henry Miller’s publisher who was starting a line of “liberated soft porn for housewives” — they kept it for a year and sent it back. And then Daughters started. I saw the notice in the Valley Women’s Center (Northampton), where I had started volunteering, likely around 1972, or early ’73, when we thought the revolution was just around the corner — if we hurried, we could meet it. Riverfinger was part of a sea-change in consciousness. It was the first novel advertised as being about lesbians in the New York Times (even Rubyfruit, on the same page, was not described as lesbian).”

The GCLS aims to recognize books that convey meaningful lesbian experiences with influential historical value to the lesbian community. The Lee Lynch Classic Award honors a specific book that is timeless.  The award was first presented in 2012 to The Swashbuckler by Lee Lynch, the namesake for this prestigious award.

The Lee Lynch Classic Award recipient is selected by GCLS Trailblazers from nominations submitted over a four-month period.

Lee Lynch described the impact Riverfinger Women has had on Lesbian Literature:

Riverfinger Women, first published by the lesbian press Daughters Inc. in 1974, heralded a new era of dyke literature. This novel is the work of a young, very angry feminist, a proud, loving lesbian, and a powerhouse of a writer. Elana Dykewomon was and is and an immensely talented magician with the written word. Funny and filled with angst, Riverfinger Woman is a book no lesbian should neglect to read for our herstory and for pure joy.”

~~Lee Lynch (Rainbow Gap, The Raid) - 2009 Trailblazer Recipient


The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS), a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2004, is the leading lesbian literary organization bringing authors, readers and publishers together while creating a diverse and inclusive community. Our mission is the education, promotion, and recognition of lesbian literature. Our goals are to provide educational programs and learning opportunities to new and established authors in developing their craft, to promote lesbian literature regionally, nationally and internationally, and to recognize quality lesbian writing at our annual GCLS conference and closing awards ceremony known as The Goldies. GCLS is a growing all-volunteer organization whose Board of Directors and members provide a wide-range of in-house expertise. We are continually searching for those interested in helping the GCLS grow and prosper. Please address all inquiries to Sallyanne Monti, PR & Marketing Manager,

Riverfinger Women and all other Goldie Awards winners will be honored at our Fourteenth Annual Conference, culminating in our Awards Ceremony on July 7, 2018 at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Please visit our website ( for more information about the organization and the Annual Conference.


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