Below are PDF versions of the Evaluation Instruments for the 2020 Awards. Specific enhancements instituted in 2018 for the judged awards include:
Judges will rate all nominees on a 1-to-10 point scale rather than the 1-to-5 point scale usd previously. Statements are intended to capture the essential elements of award-winning novels, anthologies, short stories, poetry collections, or works of nonfiction, as well as essential elements of award-winning books in genre-specific categories.
To reflect growing diversity, all GOLDIE categories include this in proposed judging guidelines:
These books must include significant themes, characters, situations, and/or other lesbian-oriented content—i.e., literary works about women who love women.
By eliminating and restructuring items, the number of closed-ended questions has been reduced significantly, typically by one-third to one-half. Open-ended questions have been reduced from eleven to two.
GOLDIE entries must adhere to these length requirements:
Anthologies/collections – a minimum of three individual pieces totaling at least 40,000 words.
Novels – a minimum of 40,000 words.
Nonfiction books – a minimum of 40,000 words.
Poetry submissions must be at least 48 pages long, and at least 50 percent "new" poems.