Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) have announced the winners of their annual literary awards. The Golden Crown Awards (Goldies) identify and celebrate the best lesbian literature of the year.

The awards took place at the 12th Annual GCLS Conference–held at the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA on July 9th, 2016. This year’s winners include Sandra Moran’s All We Lack, which won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, and Lesléa Newman’s I Carry My Mother, which won the Poetry Award.

About GCLS:

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature. Our goals are to:

Provide learning opportunities, encouragement and assistance to new and established authors in developing their craft

Support and strengthen quality lesbian writing by providing educational programs and creating opportunities for readers and writers to interact

Recognize and promote lesbian literary work.

The complete list of Goldie Award winners are below.

2016 Goldie Winners

Ann Bannon Popular Choice

Title Author Publisher
All We Lack Sandra Moran Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC

Anthology/Collections (Creative Non-Fiction)

Title Author Publisher
Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity Carter Sickels (ed.) Ooligan Press

Anthology/Collections (Fiction)

Title Author Publisher
Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam Lori L. Lake & Jessie Chandler (eds.) Launch Point Press
Snake Memories and Other Stories Diana Rivers Hadra Books
Through the Hourglass: Lesbian Historical Romance Sacchi Green & Patty G. Henderson (eds.) The Liz McMullen Show Publication

Creative Non-Fiction

Title Author Publisher
Girl Sex 101 Allison Moon Lunatic Ink
The Ghosts Who Travel with Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan’s America Allison Green Ooligan Press

Debut Author

Title Author Publisher
The Diplomat Sophia French Bella Books
The Revelation of Beatrice Darby Jean Copeland Bold Strokes Books
Threads of the Heart Jeannie Levig Bold Strokes Books

Dramatic/General Fiction

Title Author Publisher
A Small Country About to Vanish Victoria Avilan Shaggy Dog Stories
Heyday Marnie Woodrow Tightrope Books, Inc.
Wishbone Elaine Burnes Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC


Title Author Publisher
Don’t Be Shy – A Collection of Erotic Lesbian Stories Astrid Ohletz & Jae (eds.) Ylva Publishing
Summer Passion MJ Williamz Bold Strokes Books
The Muse Meghan O’Brien Bold Strokes Books

Historical Fiction

Title Author Publisher
Golddigger Hilary McCollum Bella Books
In the Company of Women Kate Christie Bella Books
The Witch of Stalingrad Justine Saracen Bold Strokes Books


Title Author Publisher
Cold to the Touch Cari Hunter Bold Strokes Books
Tarnished Gold Ann Aptaker Bold Strokes Books
The Red Files Lee Winter Ylva Publishing


Title Author Publisher
Good Enough to Eat Alison Grey & Jae Ylva Publishing
The Deadening: Book Three of the Sisters of Spirits Trilogy Yvonne Heidt Bold Strokes Books
Twisted Whispers Sheri Lewis Wohl Bold Strokes Books


Title Author Publisher
Furs Not Mine Andrea Cohen Four Way Books
I Carry My Mother Lesléa Newman Headmistress Press

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure

Title Author Publisher
One Last Thing Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou Bold Strokes Books
Reasonable Doubt Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books
T-Minus Two KG MacGregor Bella Books

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Title Author Publisher
Dragon Horse War: The Calling D. Jackson Leigh Bold Strokes Books
Lady Dragon D Jordan Redhawk Bella Books
Without a Front: The Warrior’s Challenge Fletcher DeLancey Ylva Publishing

Tee Corinne Outstanding Cover Design

Title Artist Publisher
All We Lack Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bedazzled Ink Publishing, LLC
Cast Me Gently Glendon Haddix Ylva Publishing

Traditional Contemporary Romance

Title Author Publisher
Locked Inside Annette Mori Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD
Making a Comeback Julie Blair Bold Strokes Books
The Right Time Susan X Meagher Brisk Press

Young Adult

Title Author Publisher
Finding Home Shelia Powell & Liz McMullen Sapphire Books Publisher
Missing Mary Cricket Watson Sapphire Books Publisher
The Coming of the Mojo Barbara Treat Williams Spinsters Ink

Click here for more information about the awards.

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