Nomination Process


The online Awards Management/Judging system provided by OpenWater is used for the nomination process.

Here are some reminders about the system:

  • The Awards Management/Judging system is different from the GCLS Membership system which powers the GCLS website. You will need to create a separate username and password to nominate books.

  • You will be able to clone or copy nominations - you'll just have to change the book/author information.  All of your contact information will remain.  This will significantly reduce the amount of time it will take to submit multiple nominations.

  • You won't need to calculate your nomination fees.  The program will calculate this for you and provide you with an invoice.  You'll be able to pay immediately via Credit Card or PayPal Express Checkout...or send a check for your payment. (Please see the Nomination Deadlines page.)

  • Notifications will be sent to the nominator and the author once a nomination has been submitted and approved.

  • You will upload your eBooks and cover photos at the time of nomination.

 Please read the following carefully:

  • There are four steps to submitting a nomination (All of these steps must be completed according to the appropriate deadlines before a nomination is submitted for judging):
    • Complete the appropriate online Nomination Form. Note: Incomplete, incorrect or late nominations will not be accepted.
    • Submit payment for the total number of nominations according to the deadline timetable. Fees are as follows:

    • For eBooks nominations you must upload three formats for each book — .epub, .pdf, and .mobi/.prc during the nomination process. If submitting physical books you must send FIVE copies (per category, if applicable) of each book being nominated, which must be received by the Awards Administrator no later than the dates in the deadline timetable.

      Send physical books to:
      Julia Goldsmith
      3550 S. Stonegate Circle
      Apt 203
      New Berlin
      WI 53151
    • Upload a high resolution .jpg file of the nominated book’s cover at the time you complete the nomination forms.
  • A book may be submitted in only one category, with these exceptions:
    • Any debut author’s first novel may be added to the cross-category Debut Novel category
    • Any nominated book may be submitted for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award
    • The cover for any nominated book may be submitted for the Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art
  • In the situation where more than one entity nominates the same book, the administrative fee will not be returned or prorated, but will be retained by the GCLS and allocated toward defraying administrative costs.
  • Payment of the Award Nomination Administrative Fee is made online using a credit card or Paypal. Payment may also be made by check (preferred if over $100). Make checks payable to Golden Crown Literary Society and write the invoice number you’ll receive in the memo field on your check. Send your check to:

    Golden Crown Literary Society
    PO Box 720154
    TX 75372


If you have questions at any time, please contact the Awards Administrators at


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