WELCOME TO THE GOLDIES
The Golden Crown Literary Awards are presented annually during the Annual Conference and recognize excellence in women-loving-women and sapphic literature.
The Goldies reward quality literature, cover design, and individuals in 19 categories, 2 popular choice categories, and 3 special categories. The Board of Directors constantly reviews proposals for new categories. The Goldies have been the annual event of the women-loving-women and sapphic literature calendar since 2005.
2023 GOLDIE AWARDS
We are pleased to announce that the 2023 Goldie Awards are now open!
Nominations are now being accepted in multiple categories. Be sure to read the official CALL FOR NOMINATIONS.
Please review all the AWARDS GUIDELINES and the 2023 AWARDS CHANGES before submitting nominations to ensure ELIGIBILITY. All nominations must be submitted via the appropriate online Nomination Forms. Review the NOMINATION DEADLINES to ensure that you submit your nominations within the appropriate timeline.
NOTE: It is essential that you read the 2023 AWARDS CHANGES. There are several changes to categories, prices, and eligibility this year.
PREVIOUS WINNERS & FINALISTS
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Since being a writer is mostly a very solitary job, winning a Goldie was a wonderful recognition of a job well done. Knowing judges and readers alike enjoy my work keeps me trying harder to write the best books I possibly can.
At a time when our culture is growing increasingly hostile to queer lives and queer stories, I think it’s vital to have organizations like the GCLS that not only promote queer women’s writing, but celebrate its excellence.
I'm proud, grateful and deeply honored to have been recognized with several Goldie Awards over my career. I treasure them all because I treasure the amazing GCLS community that inspired my stories and nurtured me as I wrote.
When I got my Goldie I was a newly published author who struggled for years to find a publisher without success. A Goldie meant acceptance by my peers. It was a high only a Nobel prize winner can describe. Even the glow in my photograph could light up a city.
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