The 2012 Golden Crown Literary Awards Winners (Goldies) were announced on Saturday, June 16th, by the Golden Crown Literary Society at their annual conference in Minneapolis.

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a literary and educational organization for the enjoyment, discussion, and enhancement of lesbian literature. [The Society’s] goals are to support and strengthen quality lesbian literature by providing places for readers and writers to interact, to encourage and assist new writers and established authors, and to recognize and promote lesbian work.

Congratulations to all the winners!

A complete list of winners is below:

Debut Author

After The Fall by Robin Summers, Bold Strokes Books

Open Water by Pol Robinson, Bella Books

Waiting In The Wings by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books


Dramatic/General Fiction

Marching To A Different Accordion by Saxon Bennett, Bella Books  

Maye’s Request by Clifford Henderson, Bold Strokes Books  

Shaken And Stirred by Joan Opyr, Bywater Books     


Historical Romance

Hidden Truths by Jae L-Book, ePublisher


Lesbian Erotica

A Ride To Remember and Other Erotic Tales by Sacchi Green, Lethe Press

The Collectors by Lesley Gowan, Bold Strokes Books


Golden Crown Literary Society

Mystery / Thriller

Beyond Instinct by Lynn Ames, Phoenix Rising Press

Buyer’s Remorse by Lori L.Lake, Quest/Regal Crest Enterprises

Hell’s Highway by Gerri Hill, Bella Books


Paranormal Romance

 Before The Dawn by Kate Sweeney, Intaglio Publications

Blood Hunt by L.L. Raand , Bold Strokes Books



Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney, Northwestern University Press

Things I Say To Pirates On Nights When I Miss You by Keely Hyslop, Fourteen Hills Press     



Dying To Live by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou, Bold Strokes Books

Nothing But The Truth by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books

Tats by Layce Gardner, Bella Books


Short Story/Essay/Collections (Non-Erotica)

When We Were Outlaws by Jeanne Cordova, Spinster’s Ink     


Speculative Fiction

After The Fall by Robin Summers, Bold Strokes Books

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer, Sarah Diemer

When An Echo Returns by Linda Kay Silva, Bella Books


Traditional Contemporary Romance

96 Hours by Georgia Beers, Bywater Books

Camptown Ladies by Mari SanGiovanni,  Bywater Books

Waiting In The Wings by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books


Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award

Bingo Barge Murder, A Shay O’Hanlon Caper by Jessie Chandler, Midnight Ink


Directors’ Award

Lori L. Lake


TrailBlazer Award

Marianne K. Martin


The Lee Lynch Classic Award (New 2012)

Lee Lynch

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One Response to “The 2012 Goldie Award Winners Announced”

  1. […] of lesbian literature.”  This is the 2012 list. The 2013 awards are soon to come. Hat tip to Lambda Literary. I am always looking to expand my reading horizons, and there are some items in speculative fiction […]

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