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Liz Gibson, Executive Director




The Golden Crown Literary Society 12th annual conference

July 6-10, 2016

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

Alexandria, VA


Mark the calendar and make your plans now!


The Golden Crown Literary Society is happy to announce its 12th annual conference will be held July 6 to July 10, 2016 in Alexandria, Virginia at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center.


The Golden Crown Literary Conference is the best opportunity for readers, authors, aspiring writers, editors, publishers, and media to learn about and meet colleagues as they explore lesbian literature. Lesbian literature is defined as having a lesbian as the main protagonist, or addresses/explores important lesbian issues.


The conference this year will be one of a number of literary and cultural events in the Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA areas. Just a few of our past attendees include Dorothy Allison, Jewelle Gomez, Rita Mae Brown, Ann Bannon, Katherine Forrest, Lee Lynch and Karin Kallmaker. 


From its modest beginnings in 2005, the literary conference has grown into a four day literary event. This year’s GCLS conference will offer many panels, seminars, and workshops for readers and authors.  Every hour we spotlight five authors with readings and chats, and there are many evening social events. Sponsors providing generous support and hosting events include CURVE Magazine, Bella Books and Bella Distribution, Bywater Books, Affinity eBook Press, and Regal Crest Enterprises.


The final night of the conference is the GCLS Annual Awards Night, where the “Goldies”, (the Golden Crown Literary Awards) for excellence in lesbian literature are announced. Since the first Goldies were awarded in 2005, the categories have expanded from three to fourteen.  In addition there are special awards for Trailblazer, Classic Book Award, Directors’ Award, and more.


Membership in the GCLS is not required to attend this event.

For more information, as well as membership information, please visit the GCLS website at

The Mission of the Golden Crown Literary Society
The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a literary and educational organization for the enjoyment, discussion, and enhancement of lesbian literature. Our goals are to support and strengthen quality lesbian literature by providing places for readers and writers to interact, to encourage and assist new writers and established authors, and to recognize and promote lesbian work

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