2013 Goldie Winners!

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Updated:  July 2, 2013     

Anthology (Non-Erotica)


OMG Queer by Radclyffe and Katherine E. Lynch, eds. (Bold Strokes Books)

Women of the Dark Streets by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman, eds. (Bold Strokes Books)


Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction by Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman, eds. (Lethe Press)

Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage by Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort, eds. (Seal Press)

Without Apology: Old Lesbian Life Stories by Arden Eversmeyer and Margaret Purcell (Self Published under OLOHP Press Imprint)

Debut Author


Art On Fire by Hilary Sloin (Bywater Books)

Lemon Reef by Robin Silverman (Bold Strokes Books)

The Furthest City Light by Jeanne Winer (Bella Books)


Everything Pales in Comparison by Rebecca Swartz (Bella Books)

Fragmentary Blue by Erica Abbott (Bella Books)

Riding Fury Home, A Memoir by Chana Wilson (Seal Press)

Sometime Yesterday by Yvonne Heidt (Bold Strokes Books)

Writing On The Wall by Jenna Rae (Bella Books)

Dramatic/General Fiction


Being Emily by Rachel Gold (Bella Books)

The Raid by Lee Lynch (Bold Strokes Books)

The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder (Bywater Books)


Aftermath by Ann McMan (Bedazzled Ink Pub. Co.)

Art On Fire by Hilary Sloin (Bywater Books)

Growing Up Delicious by Marianne Banks (Bella Books)

Out On The Panhandle by R.E. Bradshaw (R.E. Bradshaw Books)

Spanish Heart by Rachel Spangler (Bold Strokes Books)

Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright by Justine Saracen (Bold Strokes Books)

Historical Fiction


Awake Unto Me by Kathleen Knowles (Bold Strokes Books)

The Last Nude by Ellis Avery (Riverhead Books)


Castle of Dark Shadows by Patty G. Henderson (Blanca Rose Publishing)

One Saved To The Sea by Catt Kingsgrave (Circlet Press Inc.)

The Blondness of Honey by T.T. Thomas (Bon View Publishing)

The Storm by Shelley Thrasher (Bold Strokes Books)

Lesbian Erotica


Girls Who Score:  Hot Lesbian Erotica by Ily Goyanes (Cleis Press)

Initiation By Desire by M.J. Williamz (Bold Strokes Books)

The Night Off by Meghan O’Brien (Bold Strokes Books)


Affinity and Friends Put the X Back in Xmas by Irish Eyes, ed. (Affinity eBook Press NZ Ltd.)

Best Lesbian Erotica 2013 by Kathleen Warnock (Cleis Press)

Girl Fever:  69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians by Sacchi Green, ed. (Cleis Press)

Sapphic Planet by Kissa Starling and Beth Wylde, eds. (CreateSpace/Sapphic Planet Self Published)

The Harder She Comes:  Butch/Femme Erotica by D.L. King (Cleis Press)



Being the Steel Drummer by Liz Bradbury (Boudica Publishing Inc.)

Hide and Snake Murder by Jessie Chandler (Midnight Ink)

Runaway by Anne Laughlin (Bold Strokes Books)


A Very Public Eye by Lori L. Lake (Regal Crest Enterprises)

Above Reproach by Lynn Ames (Phoenix Rising Press)

Certain Dark Things by Erica Abbott (Bella Books)

Keepers of the Cave by Gerri Hill (Bella Books)

Rest for the Wicked by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books)

Paranormal Romance


Sometime Yesterday by Yvonne Heidt (Bold Strokes Books)

The Book of Eleanor by Nat Burns (Bella Books)

Touch Me Gently by D. Jackson Leigh (Bold Strokes Books)


A Question of Ghosts by Cate Culpepper (Bold Strokes Books)

Summoning Shadows by Winter Pennington (Bold Strokes Books)

Sunfall by Nell Stark and Trinity Tam (Bold Strokes Books)

The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Ann Wright ( Bold Strokes Books)

Third by Q. Kelly (Ride the Rainbow Books)



Secession by Amy Sara Carroll (Hyperbole books – Imprint of San Diego State Univ Press)

Wo(l)ds of Love, Loss, and Longing by Beth Mitchum (UltraVioletLove Publishing)


Heart Prints by Bettina Morello (Boudica Publishing Inc.)

Journey to Her Heart by Karen Belmar (Affinity eBook Press NZ Ltd.)

The Other Side of Joy by April Joy Bowden (AuthorHouse)

to go without blinking by Aimee Herman (Blaze VOX (books))

Wet Violets: Sappho’s Corner Poetry Series, Vol 2 by Beth Mitchum, ed. (UltraVioletLove Publishing)

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue


After Mrs. Hamilton by Clare Ashton (Self Published)

Beyond Innocence by Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes Books)

Playing With Fuego by KG MacGregor (Bella Books)


Demons are Forever by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou (Bold Strokes Books)

Everything Pales in Comparison by Rebecca Swartz (Bella Books)

Oath of Honor by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)

She Left Me Breathless by Trin Denise (Ragz Books USA)

Tactical Pursuit by Lynette Mae (Regal Crest Enterprises)

Short Story/Collections


Sidecar by Ann McMan (Bedazzled Ink Pub. Co.)

Slices of Life by Georgia Beers (Brisk Press)

Tea Leaves by Janet Mason (Bella Books)


Door Shaker and Other Stories by Nann Dunne (CreateSpace)

Homesteading: Essays on Life, Death, Sex and Liberation by Julie R. Enszer (One Spirit Press)

I’ll Call It Like I See It: A lesbian Speaks Out by Sheila Morris (Purple Books Publishing)

In Remembrance and Other Stories by ML Skinner (CreateSpace)

Riding Fury Home, A Memoir by Chana Wilson (Seal Press)

Speculative Fiction


Just Killing Time by Linda Kay Silva (Spinsters Ink)

Soulwalker by Erica Lawson (Blue Feather Books)

The Smuggler, the Spy and the Spider by Diana Rivers (Bella Books)


A Guardian’s Love by Stein Willard (Affinity eBook Press NZ Ltd.)

Beloved Lady Mistress by D. Jordan Redhawk (Bella Books)

Deerhaven Pines by Diana McRae (Bella Books)

In The Now by Kelly Sinclair (Blue Feather Books)

Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff (Lethe Press)

Traditional Romance


Almost Heaven by Susan X Meagher (Brisk Press)

Heart Block by Melissa Brayden (Bold Strokes Books)

Snow Falls by Gerri Hill (Bella Books)


Love Match by Ali Vali (Bold Strokes Books)

Rhapsody by KG MacGregor (Bella Books)

Something in the Wine by Jae (Ylva Publishing)

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Maria V. Ciletti (Intaglio Publications)

Worth the Risk by Karis Walsh (Bold Strokes Books)

Ann Bannon Popular Choice


Survived By Her Longtime Companion by Chris Paynter (Blue Feather Books)


A Kiss Before Dawn by Laurie Salzler (Blue Feather Books)

A Very Public Eye by Lori L. Lake (Regal Crest Enterprises)

Above Reproach by Lynn Ames (Phoenix Rising Press)

Aftermath by Ann McMan (Bedazzled Ink Pub. Co.)

Crossroads by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)

Heart Block by Melissa Brayden (Bold Strokes Books)

Molly: House on Fire by R.E. Bradshaw (R.E. Bradshaw Books)

Rhapsody by KG MacGregor (Bella Books)

Lee Lynch Classic Award

Spring Fire by Marijane Meaker (writing as Vin Packer)

Directors’ Award

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Marijane Meaker


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