Each year, the GCLS presents three (3) special awards: the Trailblazer Award, the Lee Lynch Classic Award, and the Directors' Award.
Anyone can submit nominations for these three awards. Nominations are accepted through December 31st each year. The Trailblazer and Lee Lynch Classic Awards are chosen by previous Trailblazer Award recipients. The Directors' Award is chosen by the current Board of Directors.
Details for each award are below.
Definition: 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.
Criteria: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.
The winning author will be announced on April 30th (Alice B. Toklas's birthday), 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.)
Lee Lynch Classic Award
Definition: 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).
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.
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.)
Definition: The 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.
Criteria: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.
The recipient will be announced at the Awards Ceremony during the Annual GCLS Conference.