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Golden Crown Literary Awards

The Goldies

Welcome to the site pages for the GCLS Literary Awards. These awards, also known as The Goldies, are presented each year at the Annual GCLS Conference to recognize excellence in Lesbian Literature.

At present, the GCLS recognizes this excellence in 16 'genre' categories and 5 special categories.  Every year, the Board of Directors receives new category proposals for their consideration.  The world of Lesbian Fiction is growing - and the GCLS is growing right along with it.


In 2016, the GCLS Board of Directors commissioned an independent review of the awards process. The Independent Review Committee ("IRC") Report was presented to the Board of Directors and GCLS Membership during the 13th Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

The IRC proposed, and the Board has agreed to, several changes to be implemented in the 2018 Awards cycle. Please visit the 2018 Awards Changes page for more information.


NOMINATIONS - Nominations have CLOSED for 2018

Important things to do/remember BEFORE submitting a nomination:

  • If you have ANY questions after reading all of the guidelines and FAQs, please send an email to before submitting your nominations. The Awards Administrators will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


 Click here to nominate a book


 Click here to apply to be a Judge



  • The online book nomination process opens by August 1, 2017 and will take a tiered submission approach. See the Nominations Deadlines page for all nomination, submission, and payment deadlines.
  • A full listing of all nominations will be posted to the GCLS website by the first week of February 2018.
  • A "short list" of finalists will be announced no later than the first week in May 2018.
  • Winners will be announced and their awards presented at the Golden Crown Literary Society's 14th Anual Awards Ceremony July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas. The list of winners will be available on the website within 24 hours.


2018 Tee Corinne Finalists

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