About the Lavender Certificate
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
all of the incredible wealth of debut books, so as of 2017
the certificate was 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 won this award in the past.