Okay, okay, let me catch my breath and wipe the tears from my eyes. Oh my, I nearly wet myself.
I will admit, for years, I and other authors had GREAT ideas of how an awards competition should work. Those ideas were suggested to some already established awards sites, but sadly, they were never implemented. I thought, Well, if they won’t do it, maybe we should? Since I wasn’t alone in these ideas, I got together with some friends, and after much research, we started the Lesfic Bard Awards.
Easy? NO! Time-consuming? YES! Worth it to give everyone a level playing field and see independents as well as publishing house authors given the same opportunity to win on their work’s merit? YES!
As the administrator, I learned a lot about the lesbian literature (Lesfic) community in the last year or two, especially once we started posting about the awards. I appreciate every author that took a chance on our blind judging system and entered the awards for our inaugural year, and I am grateful for all the positive support we received. I hope the winners and the finalists feel truly recognized for the blood, sweat, and tears they poured into their works.
I may be prejudiced, but I feel the awards are beautiful. When I received the original sample, I could not take my eyes off it. I love our award, and I hope you get to see it in person someday. The pictures don’t do it justice, but we are working on ways to improve and get the best photographs for the awards.
I am sincerely grateful for those who are already entering the 2019 awards’ season. Please get your submissions in for the first cutoff, which is June 30, 2019. You can enter here.
The Lesfic Bard Awards were so successful that we’ve also started an awards site for authors of gay literature. It’s called the Gay Scribe Awards. Please tell all your friends who write gay literature to check us out here. We want to give everyone in the LGBT community of authors an opportunity to receive the recognition they so richly deserve. As always, our unique blind entries and judging will give everyone a fair chance on either site.
People have asked how they can help spread the word about our awards. First, we hope everyone will share the accolades for our awards’ winners and finalists and spread the love. Second, we appreciate all the ideas that have been contributed, and we hope you will continue to send those in. We do love to hear from you. Most important of all, authors, please continue to write your fantastic stories of lesbian literature.
We look forward to receiving your 2019 entries, and we hope to see you in the winner’s circle soon!
Thank you again,