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About the Lavender Certificate

The Lavender 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!

Please take a look at the "Past Certificate Winners" page to see all the authors who have won this award in the past.

 


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