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DEADLINES:

Over the last few years, the number of nominations has increased significantly. One of the biggest pain points for our judges was having enough time to read all of the books by the judging deadline. Historically, we received the majority of the nominated books in mid to late January. This gave some judges only 2 months to read many, many books.

To help ensure that our judges have enough time to thoroughly read - and fairly judge - each book, we have instituted a "tiered" deadline calendar.  The nomination due date will be determined by publication date.

 

GENRE and DEBUT NOVEL Category Nominations:

The nomination timeline will be as follows:

Finalists will be announced on the website the no later than the first week of May 2018 as each category is tallied and finalized.  Finalists (and their publishers) will also be notified via email.

*Book cover images are due at the time of nomination.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS Nominations:

The nomination timeline will be as follows:

Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Design

  • Nominations must be received NO LATER THAN December 31, 2017

  • Fees paid by credit card or Paypal are due at the time of nomination.  Fees made by check must be received NO LATER THAN January 15, 2018

  • Voting is open to MEMBERS ONLY as of February 1, 2018

  • NOTE: ONLY ONE VOTE PER MEMBER in each round of voting

  • Voting for Round One:  February 1 – February 28, 2018

  • Finalists Announced March 5, 2018

  • Voting for Final Round: March 5– March 30, 2018

  • Book cover images are due at the time of nomination

 

Directors’ Award, Trailblazer Award, and Lee Lynch Classic Award

  • Nominations must be received NO LATER THAN December 31, 2017

  • There are no fees for nominations in these categories

  • The Lee Lynch Classic Award will be announced on February 3, 2018 – Lesbian Classics Day (Gertrude Stein’s Birthday)

  • The Trailblazer Award recipient will be announced on April 30, 2018 (Alice B. Toklas' Birthday).

 

*Winners for all other awards will be announced at the 2018 GCLS Literary Awards Ceremony:
July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

 

**Please note:  Books are judged against detailed criteria, not against each other.  Thus, a book read and judged in November will be evaluated against the same criteria as a book read and judged in March.

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