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2011 Rainbow Awards: Awards Guidelines


- The book must be published between September 2010 and August 2011 (both months included).
- Self-published books are eligible (print on demand publishers, like Lulu.com and Smashwords, are included in the "self-published" umbrella).
- Ebook editions of previously published print books are not eligible. First time print book editions of previously published ebooks are eligible. A book that has been republished by a different publisher after its initial publication is not eligible. A book that was previously self-published by the author, and then republished by a publisher after its initial publication is eligible.



- Books submitted for consideration will be accepted between March 15 and September 15. Winners will be announced in December.
- A book can be submitted only by its author or by its publisher. Submit a book in the category most appropriate: please indicate Gender (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Transgender) and Genre (Coming of Age / Young Adult, Contemporary General Fiction, Contemporary Erotica, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery / Thriller, Paranormal / Horror, Sci-Fic / Futuristic, Non Fiction).
- The commision can include some books at their own expenses, if they are eligible, especially in those categories with not enough submissions.
- Books are submitted in electronic version (PDFs); exceptions will be considered (please contact me). Submitting the ebook, authors/publishers agree for its distribution with the only purpose of being read by the commission (from 3 to 5 judges). It's recommended but not mandatory, that the PDF file has some kind of protection, like a specific disclaimer or similar.
- No submission fees required.
- Books (PDF format) have to be sent to the following address: elisa(dot)rolle(at)libero(dot)it


- A book can be submitted in only one category. Debut Fiction is the only category allowing a "double" submission, in its own specific category, plus the Debut Fiction one.
- If a category receives fewer than five (5) submissions, the category will not be active in this awards cycle. The submitted books will be reassigned to another category if appropriate.
- Gender Category: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Transgender
- Genre Category: Coming of Age / Young Adult, Contemporary General Fiction, Contemporary Erotica, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery / Thriller, Paranormal / Horror, Sci-Fic / Futuristic, Non Fiction
- Special Category: Debut Fiction. First time print book editions of previously published authors only in ebooks is Debut Fiction. A book that was previously self-published by the author, and then republished by a publisher after its initial publication is Debut Fiction. Debut Fiction is considered the first book in print or ebook of more of 41.000 words published as standalone.
- Length Category: Novel of more than 41,000 Words. Novellas and Short Stories will be considered only on the following conditions: Novellas (between 18,000 and 41,000 Words) only in Collection of 2 or more collected together; Short Stories (<18,000 Words) only in Collection of 4 or more collected together. A single submission has to be of more than 41.000 Words. Exception will be considered if a single category will have not enough submissions.


- Judges will start to read books in May; reading period will finish in November (included).
- Each judge will read a minimum of 5 books. Authors/Publishers/Editors will not read books in categories where a their own book is submitted.
- Each book will be judge using 4 different criteria: Plot Development, Setting Development, Characters Development and Writing Style. From 1 to 10 points for each criteria.
- Judges will receive only the ebooks they have to read. (PDF files)
- Judges will have to indicate what categories they are not comfortable to read.
- To be a judge, please contact me; Authors/Publishers/Editors/Reviewers/Readers are welcomed, if I don't know you (you are not in my friends list, we are not on the same groups,...), please provide an introduction and some sort of reference for being eligible to judge a LGBT themed book.

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( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 13th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Thank you, Elisa! Glad to see this *g*. I have a couple of books if I retain the nerve. Will there also be a Cover Award category, as one of my covers is just stunning.
Mar. 13th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, all the books submitted to the literary contest will enter the cover contest by default. Instead if you want to only enter the cover contest you need to send me the cover. I will start gathering the cover around August/September.
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Mar. 13th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, you did and you are in the Jury again this year ;-)
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I know we've emailed back & forth about this, but -- again, PLEASE -- don't forget PLOT! Characters can be great, writing style lovely, but if there's no PLOT there is NO STORY.
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Right! will amend the post
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Mar. 13th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I sent you a PM. Thank you, Elisa
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
did you find that you had enough people on the jury panel? I'd love to take part if you have room....
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I sent you a PM. Thank you, Elisa
Mar. 14th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! Reposted! Love me some Rainbow Boy! Mine is framed and sitting on my dresser.
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
He is our pin-up boy ;-)
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
I am jumping in and hijacking long enough to say that I just read Settling the Score and thought it was FANTASTIC.
Mar. 14th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so very much!
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Hey, Elisa!

I just wanted to comment to ask if there is a BDSM category for the awards. If there isn't, maybe that could be included in next year's awards? BDSM stories are difficult to classify and exceedingly difficult to compare to other, non-BDSM stories. ^_^

I ask because I'd love to submit my novel, Catalyst, but I'm not sure where it would fit and be compared to similar works.

Yay for these awards, though! I look forward to seeing how it all pans out!

~K. Piet
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Not yet K. this year I splitted the contemporary into 3 category due to the amount of submission, but for now a contemporary BDSM I think will go or into Romance or into Erotica (it depends by the author's choice) and if it's not contemporary, in the specific main category. Maybe next year I will conside another category.
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Thanks for the heads up! I just wanted to be sure before I sent a submission your way.

I'm so excited for the awards!
Mar. 17th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I would love to be on the jury again Elisa...

Mar. 18th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
Hi, can you give a n00b some clarification?

Rules say to only submit in one category. No problem1

But then it says in the 2nd paragraph "please indicate gender and genre". However, reading below that paragraph, it lists gender and genre as separate categories, which means if I have a gender book, I shouldn't mention the genre, doesn't it? So I'm confused about what you want. If I enter a book under the other category, length, do I mention gender and genre at all?

Would it be possible to see a sample entry to clear my confusion?
Mar. 18th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Gender/Genre is a combination, it's an AND not an OR ;-)

so we have 3 genders (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Transgender) and 10 genres ((Coming of Age / Young Adult, Contemporary General Fiction, Contemporary Erotica, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery / Thriller, Paranormal / Horror, Sci-Fic / Futuristic, Non Fiction)) --> 3 * 10 = 30 Categories.

when you submit you have to specify Gender and Genre so, i.e.:
Gay Coming of Age / Young Adult
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Bisexual/Transgender Contemporary Erotica
Gay Contemporary Romance
Lesbian Fantasy

hope it's clear, ask if you need more details
Mar. 29th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of questions. I only have one novella, not two. Presumably that means I can't submit.

Also I have two novels and honestly I'm not sure what category to put them in - contemporary romance or contemporary erotica. What is the difference?
Mar. 29th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
A single submission has to be of more than 41K words so if your novella is less than 41K and you don't have any other release in the eligibility period to bind them together in a single submission, than not, I'm sorry, the novella is not eligible. If it's near the 41K words and in one of the less popular category (like Sci-Fi or Fantasy) I can accept it with reserve, meaning that if I don't reach the minimum number of submissions, I maybe can include it.

Difference between Romance and Erotica... it really depends on the author; usually if the sex is a good share of the story, and it's detailed, or maybe it is a subgenre like BDSM, then it's Erotica, otherwise is Romance.
Mar. 29th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you xx Sue
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I have a linked question with regard to the word length/category.

I have one novella of 20k and hope to have a second of about 30k contracted before the deadline. If (and it is only if at this stage) I wanted to submit those two together, do they have to be in the same category with regard to genre. They are both gay romances but one is paranormal and the other is contemporary.

Thanks for your time.
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Good question, and yes, when binding two novellas together to match the 41K word limit, they become a single submission and as such they have to be submitted in one, and only one category, so more or less same genre (I say more or less since, well, there are genre which blend, like fantasy and paranormal, or romance and erotica, you can more or less decide for one or the other, but contemporary and paranormal? I see that difficult).

btw I have already made an exception for this event: 1 novella released BEFORE the eligibility period, 1 novella inside the eligibility period and the print book binding them together inside the eligibility period, since I consider eligible the first time in print of previously ebooks, then it's eligible.
Mar. 30th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for your response. I think I will be waiting until next year.

While the paranormal is also in a contemporary setting it is very much a paranormal and I think anyone who read it would question the category if it is was not in the paranormal one.
May. 20th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hi there. Can an anthology editor submit a book as well as the publisher?
May. 20th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
yes, of course you can, and you would be not the only one to do so.
May. 21st, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Great - thanks!
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