About the Lavender Certificate
Certificate was awarded from 2005-2016 to authors early in
their careers who, in the committee's opinion, had outstanding
"maiden" novels in print. The award was intended
to encourage new writers in their quest to let their voices
be heard, which until recently was not an easy accomplishment.
Nowadays, though, the volume of lesbian books published is
awesome, and the committee is unable to read the incredible
wealth of debut books, so as of 2017 the certificate is suspended.
We are delighted that at long last, there are plenty of books
reflecting lesbian lives!
take a look at the "Past Certificate Winners" page
to see all the authors who have won this award in the past.