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Welcome to the 2023 Golden Crown Literary Awards

    Please be sure to read the 2023 Awards Changes before submitting a nomination. 




    To nominate a book or audiobook, select Nominate a Book from the main menu or the link at the bottom of this section. If you have not created an account, you will be directed to do so first. If you have already created an account, simply log in on the left side of this page with your email and password.


    BEFORE SUBMITTING A NOMINATION - Please READ the AWARDS GUIDELINES and the 2023 AWARDS CHANGES to understand what qualifies a book for a nomination, and for how many categories you can submit a nomination for that book.


    In order for a book to be eligible for nomination in one of the 19 judged categories of the GCLS Awards, it must satisfy Eligibility Rules including content about women or sapphically aligned nonbinary people who are romantically and/or sexually attracted to women or sapphically aligned nonbinary people, first edition, publication date, etc. In certain categories, there is a minimum word count requirement. The Awards Categories page defines each category and lists guidelines for judging and eligibility criteria by category.


    The nomination deadlines are as follows:


    a) Judged categories - Genre categories, Audiobook Narrator, Ann Bannon):



    b) Tee Corinne awards:



    2023 Fees are as follows:

    When submitting nominations, you will be required to provide your own contact information in addition to the following:

    1. Title of the book/audiobook (as it appears on the cover)

    2. Author's/Narrator's full name (as it appears on the cover)

    3. Publication/Release date (mm/dd/yyyy or mm/yyyy)

    4. Wordcount (for specified categories)

    5. Author's/Narrator's email address

    6. Author's/Narrator's mailing address

    7. Name of Publisher

    8. Publisher's email address

    9. Publisher's mailing address

    10. If submitting eBooks, you'll need 3 versions - .epub, .mobi/.prc, .pdf.  (These must be DRM-free so that all judges in a category can access them.  We suggest watermarking the eBooks with "Review Copy" or something similar.) - Books are not required for Debut Novel, Ann Bannon, and Tee Corinne.

    11. If submitting audiobooks, you'll need to either identify the audiobook publisher (Tantor or Audible) OR provide DRM-free .mp3/.mp4 files. 

    12. A high-resolution .jpg/.jpeg file of the cover image.

    13. For Tee Corinne - Cover Artist's full name (as it appears in the book)

    14. For Tee Corinne - Cover Artist's email address

    15. For Tee Corinne - A high-resolution .jpg/.jpeg file of the full cover image (including front, back, and spine).


    Please take the time to read through the following sections before nominating a book:



    2. JUDGES

    Click "My Judging Assignments" and navigate to the bottom of the page to view and access your reading queue.

    The page contains all the training and reference materials, including:

    • Judging Process: being a judge, evaluation instruments and evaluation criteria
    • How to use the online awards management system
    • Category Descriptions and Judging Guidelines
    • Sample Completed Evaluation Form
    • PDF of all evaluation forms
    • A Glossary of Definitions and Explanations


    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Awards Administrators at awards@goldencrown.org.

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