Nomination Deadlines
Deadlines

To help ensure that our judges have enough time to thoroughly read - and fairly judge - each book, a "tiered" deadline calendar has been implemented. The nomination due date will be determined by publication date.

Please note: The Awards season begins in late-summer/early-fall each year. All dates listed below follow this seasonal calendar:

  • The Nomination Process runs from August to mid-January the following year.
  • The Judging Process runs from October to mid-April the following year.
  • Judges' scores (genre categories), member votes (popular choice categories) are gathered and tabulated in April.
  • Finalists are posted/announced in late-April/early-May.
  • Awards are engraved and prepared between mid-May and late-June.
  • Awards are presented to winners at the Annual Conference.

Genre (Judged) Nominations

PUBLICATION
DATE
NOMINATION
DEADLINE
CC/PAYPAL
PAYMENT
CHECK
PAYMENT
EBOOK DUE PHYSICAL
BOOK DUE
JAN 1-AUG 31 9/30 9/30 10/15 9/30 10/15
SEPT1-NOV 30 12/21 12/21 12/31 12/21 12/31
DEC 1-DEC 31 1/15 1/15 1/21 1/15 1/21

Finalists will be announced on the website early May as each category is tallied and finalized. Finalists will also be notified via email.

*Book cover images are due at the time of nomination.

Special Awards Nominations

AWARD NOMINATION
DEADLINE
CC/PAYPAL
PAYMENT
CHECK
PAYMENT
COVER IMAGE
DUE
ANN BANNON 12/31 12/31 1/15 12/31
TEE CORINNE 12/31 12/31 1/15 12/31

Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Design

  • Nominations must be received NO LATER THAN December 31

  • Fees paid by credit card or PayPal are due at the time of nomination. Fees made by check must be received NO LATER THAN January 15

  • Voting is open to MEMBERS ONLY as of February 1

  • NOTE: ONLY ONE VOTE PER MEMBER in each round of voting

  • Voting for Round One: February 1 – February 28

  • Finalists Announced March 5

  • Voting for Final Round: March 5– March 30

  • Book cover images are due at the time of nomination

Directors’ Award, Trailblazer Award, and Lee Lynch Classic Award

  • Nominations must be received NO LATER THAN December 31

  • There are no fees for nominations in these categories

  • The Lee Lynch Classic Award will be announced on February 3 – Lesbian Classics Day (Gertrude Stein’s Birthday)

  • The Trailblazer Award recipient will be announced on April 30 (Alice B. Toklas' Birthday).

*Winners for all other awards will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the Annual GCLS Conference.

**Please note: Books are judged against detailed criteria, not against each other. Thus, a book read and judged in November will be evaluated against the same criteria as a book read and judged in March.

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