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The 2016 Rainbow Awards is an annual contest celebrating outstanding work in LGBT fiction and nonfiction. Hosted and owned by blogger Elisa Rolle, the contest is open to all authors of work containing LGBT fictional characters and work chronicling the true stories of LGBT persons.
There is no direct submission fee, but for a submission to be eligible, authors/publishers must donate an equivalent amount per book to a selected LGBT non-profit charitable organization. Current Progress (as of ...):
Abbey of the Brew City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: www.brewcitysisters.org/
AIDS Support Network of San Luis Obispo: www.asn.org/
Albert Kennedy Trust: www.akt.org.uk/
Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
American Institute of Bisexuality: www.bisexual.org/
Audre Lorde Project: www.alp.org/
Australian Marriage Equality: www.australianmarriageequality.org/
Avenue Community Centre: www.outsaskatoon.ca/
BiNet USA: www.binetusa.org/
Bisexual Resource Center: www.biresource.org/
Broken Rainbow UK: www.www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/
Calgary Outlink: www.calgaryoutlink.ca/
HIV/AIDS Care Program: www.careprogram.org/
The Center Colorado: www.glbtcolorado.org/
The Center Long Beach: www.centerlb.org/
Centerpoint: www.centrepoint.org.uk/
Chico Stonewall Alliance: www.stonewallchico.org/
Colors: www.colorsyouth.org/
Covenant House: www.covenanthouseno.org/
The Diversity Center: www.diversitycenter.org/
Diversity Role Models: www.diversityrolemodels.org/
Equality Toledo: www.equalitytoledo.org/
Fair Wisconsin: www.fairwisconsin.com/
Family Builders: www.familybuilders.org/
Free2Be, GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services: www.free2be.org/
GALFA: www.galfa.org.au/
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders: www.glad.org/
GCLS Scholarship Fund: www.goldencrown.org/Ways-to-donate/
Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont: www.glfundvt.org/
GLYS: www.glyswny.org/
HRC: www.hrc.org/
In Other Words Feminist Community Center: www.inotherwords.org/
Indiana Youth Group: www.indianayouthgroup.org/
Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
It Gets Better Project: www.www.itgetsbetter.org/
Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
Lancaster LGBT Center: www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
LBGTQ Center of Durham: www.lgbtqcenterofdurham.org/
LGBT Center Greater Cleveland: www.lgbtcleveland.org/
LGBT Center New York: www.gaycenter.org/
Lifelong AIDS Alliance: www.llaa.org/
Like Me Organization: www.likeme.org/
Los Angeles LGBT Center: www.lalgbtcenter.org/
Lost-n-Found: www.lost-n-found.org/
LSVD: http://www.lsvd.de/
Mermaids: www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center: www.mkelgbt.org/
Moveable Feast: www.mfeast.org/
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance: www.nqapia.org/
Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
One 'n' Ten: www.onenten.org/
One Iowa: www.oneiowa.org/
Out Youth: www.outyouth.org/
OutFront Minnesota: www.outfront.org/
OutSpokane: www.outspokane.com/
PACE: www.pacehealth.org.uk/
Pasadena Pride Center: www.pridepasadena.org/
Pathfinders Milwaukee: www.pathfindersmke.org/
PRIDE Community Center of North Central Florida: www.gainesvillepride.org/
PFLAG: www.community.pflag.org/
Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
Q Center Portland: www.pdxqcenter.org/
Qmunity: www.qmunity.ca/
Queer Rock Camp: www.queerrockcamp.org/
queerblick: www.queerblick.tv/
Rainbow Resource Center: www.rainbowresourcecentre.org/
Rainbow Youth: www.ry.org.nz/
Ruth Ellis Center: www.ruthelliscenter.org/
Sage: www.giveto.sageusa.org/
Soy Toronto: www.soytoronto.org/
St. James Infirmary: www.stjamesinfirmary.org/
Tampa Bay LGBT Welcome Center: www.lgbtwelcomecenter.com/
Terrence Higgins Trust: www.tht.org.uk/
Time Out Youth: www.timeoutyouth.org/
Trans Lifeline: www.www.translifeline.org/
The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
True Colors Fund: www.truecolorsfund.org/
UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
William Way: www.waygay.org/
Women's Resource Center of Scranton: www.wrcnepa.org/
Wyoming Equality: www.wyomingequality.org/
You Can Play: www.youcanplayproject.org/
You Will Rise: www.youwillriseproject.blogspot.com
YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/

  1. The book must be published between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 inclusive.

  2. The book must contain prominent LGBT characters. In the case of romance categories, these characters must be engaged in the primary romance.

  3. The book must fit into one of the following categories:

Fiction (Non Romance):
Contemporary General Fiction
Young Adult
Alternative Universe/Reality
Fiction (Romance):
Contemporary Romance
Erotic Romance
Romantic Comedy
Historical Romance
Paranormal Romance
Fantasy Romance
Romantic Suspence
N.B. Novellas will only be considered when submitted as a collection of two or more by the same author, with the total publication exceeding 41000 words.
Non Fiction:
General Non Fiction
Visual Arts & Photography
Special Category:
Debut Fiction
Within these categories entries will be further subdivided by gender: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

  1. The following books are eligible:

    1. First time ebooks or print books, self-published also

    2. First time print editions of previously published ebooks

    3. Republication by a publisher providing it was previously self published by the author

  2. The following books are not eligible:

    1. Ebook editions of previously published print books

    2. Republication by a publisher if it was previously published by a different publisher


  1. Book submissions will be accepted between 15 February and 5 September 2016 inclusive.

  2. A book can only be submitted by its author or its publisher (covers can be submitted also by cover artist)

  3. The submission must clearly state which category applies.

  4. Books must be submitted in electronic format (PDF, EPUB and/or MOBI).

  5. By submitting the ebook, authors/publishers agree for its distribution with the only purpose of being read by the commission. It's recommended, but not mandatory, that the file has some kind of protection, like a specific disclaimer or similar.

  6. Submissions will be made via email to the following address: rainbowawards.submission@gmail.com.

    1. For Book Contest, please provide the following info (mandatory if not different stated):

      1. Author Name:

      2. Contact Email:

      3. Book Title:

      4. Publisher:

      5. Release Date:

      6. Gender: Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender (ONLY for Anthology / Collection AND Non Fiction also LGBT)

      7. Genre: Contemporary General Fiction / Mystery Thriller / Young Adult / Sci-Fi Futuristic / Fantasy / Historical / Erotica / Horror / Humor / Anthology Collection / Contemporary Romance / Erotic Romance / Romantic Comedy / Historical Romance / Paranormal Romance / Fantasy Romance / Romantic Suspence / General Non Fiction / Biography Memoir / Poetry / Visual Arts & Photography (ONLY for Anthology / Collection specify also subgenre: i.e. Anthology Collection Fantasy, Anthology Collection Paranormal Romance)

      8. Debut Novel: Yes / No

      9. Total Word Count: ? (must be equal or higher than 41,000 words)

      10. Comments: please specify Charity name and amount and forward receipt from donation (email, pdf, jpg, whatever proof you have donation has been made)

      11. Attachment: please attach ebook to the email in PDF, EPUB and/or MOBI (preferably all three of them) AND receipt from donation

    2. For Cover Contest, please provide the following info (mandatory if not different stated):

      1. Artist Name:

      2. Contact Email:

      3. Author Name:

      4. Book Title:

      5. Publisher:

      6. Book Release Date:

      7. Category: Illustration / Design

      8. Comments: please specify Charity name and amount and forward receipt from donation (email, pdf, jpg, whatever proof you have donation has been made)

      9. Attachment: please attach to the .jpg of the cover in a size no less than 400X600 pixels AND receipt from donation

  7. A Judge can submit books as either the author or publisher providing it is for a category which they are not reading for.

There is no direct submission fee, but for a submission to be eligible, authors/publishers must donate an equivalent amount per book to a selected LGBT non-profit charitable organization: when submitting please provide in Comments field Charity name and amount you donated and forward receipt from donation (email, pdf, jpg, whatever proof you have donation has been made). Suggested amount: Book Contest, 25 USD per submission; Cover Contest, 3 USD per cover.  Suggested charities are (but you can choose even a different one):

  • The Abbey of the Brew City Sisters is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information to at-risk individuals and youth regarding critical health and community issues. Through outreach, education, community fund-raising and entertainment, we provide funding and assistance to organizations in need of financial elevation and public acknowledgement throughout the state of Wisconsin. We strive to make Wisconsin a better, safer and more equal place to live (www.brewcitysisters.org/)

  • The Access Support Network, or ASN, serves the San Luis Obispo County and Monterey County communities, assisting our neighbors, friends, and family living with HIV/AIDS. With the help of dedicated staff and volunteers, ASN works diligently to stabilize clients' health - financially, emotionally and physically, and all at no cost. Working toward a healthy community, ASN also offers prevention education opportunities for schools, church groups, service clubs and businesses. For us, ensuring that everyone understands that this is a preventable disease is paramount. (www.asn.org/)

  • The Albert Kennedy Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisis. Every day we deal with the effects homelessness can have on young people's lives. We have offices in London, Manchester and Newcastle. (www.akt.org.uk/)

  • Ali Forney Center in NYC which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling. The Ali Forney Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by private foundations, government grants and the generosity of individuals, local businesses and the community at large. (www.aliforneycenter.org/).

  • American Institute of Bisexuality (www.bisexual.org/)

  • The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities. (www.alp.org/)

  • Australian Marriage Equality is a national organisation working for equal marriage for all consenting adults, as we a believe person’s gender or sexuality should not affect their legal rights and responsibilities under Australian marriage law. (www.australianmarriageequality.org/)

  • Avenue Community Center is a community that includes, values, and supports people of all gender identities, expressions, and sexualities. In all that we do, we advance our mission of supporting the equity of LGBTTIQ people, of educating our larger community about inclusion, diversity, and acceptance, and of connecting with people and community organizations to provide referrals, services, and community programming. (www.outsaskatoon.ca/)

  • BiNet USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating for bisexual communities in the U.S. since 1990. (www.binetusa.org/)

  • Bisexual Resource Center. (www.biresource.org/)

  • Broken Rainbow is the first and only UK organisation dedicated to confronting and eliminating domestic violence and abuse within and against the LGBT communities. We formed in 2002 and became a registered charity in 2004. (www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/)

  • Calgary Outlink: Center for Gender & Sexual Diversity strives to create healthy communities and brighter futures for LGBTQ+ individuals. We provide a safe community space equipped with support services, education opportunities, a support line, and access to resources. Outlink has been serving the Calgary community for over 30 years. (www.calgaryoutlink.ca/)

  • CARE Program: AIDS HIV Services in Long Beach, to make high quality health and social services available to HIV/AIDS infected and affected individuals and families in a manner that is professional, compassionate, and recognizes the dignity and autonomy of each individual. (www.careprogram.org/)

  • The Center Colorado: To engage, empower, enrich, and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado – by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. (www.glbtcolorado.org/)

  • The Center Long Beach: As the central core of the Greater Long Beach LGBTQ communities they offer assistance and provide education about emotional and physical health, housing, cultural and social activities, and legal and social justice. They advocate for the inclusion of all with no judgment or restrictions based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (www.centerlb.org/)

  • Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 2,900 young people, aged 16-25, every year in London and the north east of England. But Centrepoint is more than just a room... (www.centrepoint.org.uk/)

  • Chico Stonewall Alliance is committed to cultivating a safe, open, inclusive environment for all members of the gender and sexual minority (GSM)* and ally community. Stonewall Alliance unites, strengthens, and affirms the community through support, resources, education, advocacy, and celebration. (www.stonewallchico.org/)

  • COLORS is a free LGBTQ Youth & Counseling Center serving the needs of Los Angeles-area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) youth 24 and under. COLORS opened its doors in January 2012 in Downtown Los Angeles, providing free therapy and support to LGBTQ youth and their families (www.colorsyouth.org/)

  • Covenant House: offer kids protection from the streets and from their past. Stress the reality of the present moment, and encourage belief in their potential for the future. (www.covenanthouseno.org/)

  • The Diversity Center: Enhancing lives and promoting fairness for LGBTQ people in Santa Cruz County. (www.diversitycenter.org/)

  • Diversity Role Model: to eliminate homophobic and transphobic bullying by providing high quality, pioneering educational workshops involving role models and through collaborating with individuals and organisations. We value diversity and equality, creativity and innovation, communication and role modelling, and inter-generational learning. (www.diversityrolemodels.org/)

  • Equality Toledo works to eliminate discrimination in our region on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, through education, activism and other anti-defamation efforts. (www.equalitytoledo.org/)

  • Fair Wisconsin envisions a fair, safe, and inclusive society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are treated with dignity and respect. Fair Wisconsin Inc. works to build a fair, safe, and inclusive Wisconsin for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by advancing, achieving, and protecting LGBT civil rights through lobbying, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building and electoral involvement. These efforts are designed to educate the general voting public, sensitize the media, promote a politically active and effective organizational membership, and better inform policy makers on issues of concern to the organization’s members. (www.fairwisconsin.com/)

  • Family Builders is here to help find permanent, loving families for children and youth in the foster care system - that's our only goal. We connect children with individuals and couples who can provide safe, stable, nurturing families. Our services are free and confidential, and include adoption, foster care, and other forms of permanency. We have experience working with all types of children, youth, and families. (www.familybuilders.org/)

  • Free2Be, GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. is dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. We are committed to ensuring the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of youth and young adults struggling due to sexual orientation or gender identity issues. (www.free2be.org/)

  • The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA) is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide funds for charitable activities/organisations which have as their sole or chief purpose/outcome, the good and betterment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people and allied communities, in Australia. (www.galfa.org.au/)

  • Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.  They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.  They are a completely  independent community-led group and are not connected to the police (www.galop.org.uk/)

  • Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.  (www.glad.org/)

  • GCLS Scholarship Fund: A gift to the Golden Crown Literary Society will help ensure our financial future and will enable us to continue supporting lesbian literature and writers. Your contribution will help to provide educational opportunities for authors of lesbian literature. It will also help bring authors and readers together, to meet and discuss our literature, and to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with each other:  (www.goldencrown.org/Ways-to-donate/)

  • Gay and Lesbian Fund of Vermont: When you donate to the Fund, you designate the not-for-profit organization you want to receive your contribution. You also choose whether you want to be individually recognized by the receiving organization. Because the Fund is a registered non-profit, all your contributions to and through the Fund are tax deductible. (www.glfundvt.org/)

  • Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York: GLYS offers a variety of opportunities & services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & questioning youth and  their friends, ages 14-21. (www.glyswny.org/)

  • The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. (www.hrc.org/)            

  • In Other Words to strengthen resistance against a culture of oppression. We seek to create a safer space where women, people of color, queer, trans, gender variant folks, workers, and those who live at the intersections of these identities can organize for self-determination and build a sustainable movement for liberation. (www.inotherwords.org/)

  • Indiana Youth Group is a nonprofit organization for LGBT youth. We provide support, programs & events to build caring communities for LGBTQ youth in Indiana. (www.indianayouthgroup.org/)

  • The Inland Northwest LGBT Center: Building a vibrant LGBTQ community through collaborative programs promoting Advocacy, Education and Wellness. The Center provides services to Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. (www.thelgbtcenter.org/)

  • The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. (www.itgetsbetter.org/)

  • Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. (www.lambdalegal.org/)

  • Lambert House is a center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth that empowers youth through the development of leadership, social and life skills. (www.lamberthouse.org/)

  • Lancaster LGBT Center: To create common ground for the LGBT community and allies in central Pennsylvania by providing services through educational, cultural, and community activities that foster wholeness. (www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/)

  • LEAP: Supporting young adults and nurturing leaders in the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender  community. (www.glbtleap.org/)

  • LGBTQ Center of Durham: We are the LGBTQ Center of Durham, a safe and inclusive community committed to supporting and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and queer identified people in and around Durham, North Carolina, by: providing programming, resources, and networks of support; acting as a hub for Durham’s LGBTQ community; and sharing and affirming all LGBTQ lived experiences. (www.lgbtqcenterofdurham.org/)

  • The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland works to advance the rights, respect and diversity of the LGBT community. (www.lgbtcleveland.org/)

  • Empowering LGBT people, building strong community. New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates our diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. (www.gaycenter.org/)

  • Lifelong's mission is to empower people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. Lifelong was formed in 2001 through the merger of Chicken Soup Brigade and Northwest AIDS Foundation. From our beginnings in 1983, when we passed a soup can around Volunteer Park and collected $42 to help people living with HIV/AIDS in our community, Lifelong has remained a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS and continues to be a champion of healthy lives for all. Today, thirty years later, our years of serving people with HIV/AIDS have provided us with the knowledge base to help others experiencing hunger and the spectrum of HIV illnesses. (www.llaa.org/)

  • LIKEME is about inclusion. LIKEME is about meeting and knowing people and choosing to seek out the ways in which we might be similar rather than they ways we might be different. LIKEME is about support. LIKEME is about respect. LIKEME is about being an individual and celebrating other people’s individuality. LIKEME is about being who you are meant to be. (www.likeme.org/)

  • Los Angeles LGBT Center: Empower people to lead full and rewarding lives without limits based on sexual orientation and gender identity, by providing the highest quality educational, cultural, and wellness programs to residents of Los Angeles County. (www.lalgbtcenter.org/)

  • Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc. is Atlanta's only nonprofit agency actively working to take homeless LGBT youth off the street. (www.lost-n-found.org/)

  • LSVD – Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland / Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany is the largest non-governmental LGBT rights organization in Germany. (www.lsvd.de/)

  • Mermaids: Mermaids is a support group originally formed in 1995 by a group of parents who were brought together as a result of their children's longstanding Gender Identity Issues.  (www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/)

  • The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ people and to making the Greater Milwaukee area safer and more inclusive. The Center offers programming around anti-violence, healthy relationships, counseling, financial coaching, as well as a lending library with over 2000 LGBT titles, meeting space for over 100 groups during the year, computer/internet access, and resource referrals. (www.mkelgbt.org/)

  • Moveable Feast provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. (www.mfeast.org/)

  • The Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) is a leading Northern Ireland organisation dedicated to enhancing the life of LGBT people here and human rights advocacy on behalf of those who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Learn more about our work by exploring our website. (www.nigra.org.uk/)

  • The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. NQAPIA is an independent non-profit organization. (www.nqapia.org/)

  • Odyssey Youth Center is a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to creating, sustaining, and advocating for safe and affirming programs, policies, and services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth community. (www.odysseyyouth.org/)

  • One•n•ten envisions a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, actively engaged in their communities, and empowered to lead. Our mission is to serve LGBTQ youth and young adults. We enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self‐expression, self‐acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. (www.onenten.org/)

  • One Iowa is the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization working toward full equality for LGBT individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education. (www.oneiowa.org/)

  • Out Youth promotes the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well being of sexual and gender minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. (www.outyouth.org/)

  • OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. (www.outfront.org/)

  • OutSpokane a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt volunteer organization, promotes and empowers visible diversity for Spokane's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allied citizens. Through supportive education and the annual collaborative production of the area's family-friendly Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival, we provide progressive cultural opportunities and experiences for the greater Inland Northwest community. (www.outspokane.com/)

  • PACE (Project for Advocacy Counselling and Education) services are designed to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of the LGBT community. They offer a range of support options, these include: Individual Counselling, Couples Counselling, Mental Health Advocacy, Domestic Abuse Counselling, Relationship Coaching, eQuality Training (www.pacehealth.org.uk/)

  • The Pasadena Pride Center is a non-profit organization that was established in 2011. They serve the LGBTQ communities of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. The San Gabriel Valley covers approximately 200 square miles and includes more than two million residents. They are one of the most diverse regions in the country. (www.pridepasadena.org/)

  • Pathfinders is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk young people through a variety of facilities and services. Pathfinders oversees the Q-BLOK program, a housing initiative designed specifically to help LGBT youth ages 18-25. (www.pathfindersmke.org/)

  • Pride Community Center of North Central Florida (PCCNCF) is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee and Union Counties with PRIDE! (www.gainesvillepride.org/)

  • PFLAG: Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy. (www.community.pflag.org/)

  • Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. (www.pointfoundation.org/)

  • Q Center Portland: The center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility and community building. (www.pdxqcenter.org/)

  • QMUNITY responds to BC's queer communities' needs and helps them thrive. Join us in our quest for better queer lives. (www.qmunity.ca/)

  • Queer Rock Camp empowers youth and builds community through music. We support the fluidity of gender and sexuality, and see music as a way to amplify resilience and self-expression. (www.queerrockcamp.org/)

  • queerblick is not only a youtube project. Behind the channel stands the charitable association queerblick e.V. that tries to empower young LGBTQI in the development of their sexual identitiy. We believe that media plays an enormous role in the process of inner and external coming out. (www.queerblick.tv/)

  • The Rainbow Resource Centre can trace its history back to the early 70’s. It began as a student group at the University of Manitoba, first known as the Campus Gay Club, with a name change in 1973 to Gays for Equality. A telephone information line, peer counselling service and a resource library on the University of Manitoba campus were a few of the first services offered. Gays for Equality went on to become a leader and an important resource for the gay and lesbian community, providing community services, education, outreach and political awareness and activism. (www.rainbowresourcecentre.org/)

  • RainbowYOUTH: To provide unbiased information and education regarding sexuality, gender and identity to everyone in the community, in order to foster understanding and acceptance of diversity. To provide support, information and advocacy services to queer and questioning youth, their friends, and whānau. (www.ry.org.nz/)

  • Ruth Ellis Center: The mission of the Ruth Ellis Center is to provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth. (www.ruthelliscenter.org/)

  • The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides HIV-related services in the United States for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. The program fills gaps in care not met by other payers. (www.hab.hrsa.gov/)

  • SAGE aims to help LGBTQ elders in the following ways: Employment support through training and advocacy, Advocacy for LGBTQ elders in long-term care, Policy study on aging among LGBTQ people, Support and planning for LGBTQ elders undergoing life changes and their families, Creating an archive of LGBTQ life stories written by elders, to diversify public understanding of aging, LGBTQ lives, and long term care. (www.giveto.sageusa.org/)

  • School on Wheels provides tutoring, school supplies, & other educational assistance to thousands of homeless children in Southern California. (www.schoolonwheels.org/)   

  • Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland is a national human rights NGO. Seta aims for a society of equality and individual welfare that includes everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. (www.seta.fi/seta-in-english/)   

  • Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an exciting, dynamic community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth and adult communities. We work to create healthy arts, culture and recreational spaces for young people; to provide supportive housing and employment opportunities; and to increase youth access to adult mentoring and support. (www.soytoronto.org/)   

  • The Mission of the St. James Infirmary is to provide free, compassionate and nonjudgmental healthcare and social services for sex workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services. (www.stjamesinfirmary.org/)   

  • Tampa Bay's St. Peterburg’s LGBT Welcome Center is an inviting community space for locals and visitors! Enjoy a local cup of coffee, participate in enriching programs and events, and get connected to area things to do and places to stay. (www.lgbtwelcomecenter.com/)   

  • Terrence Higgins Trust: Maximise sexual health in the UK, and minimise the spread of HIV and STIs, by encouraging people to value their sexual health 9and by leading innovation to increase access to local sexual health services. (www.tht.org.uk/)

  • Time Out Youth is a place where you can experience a sense of belonging and community. Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, a straight ally – or just don’t want to be labeled, you will be welcomed here. Some of our youth are out, some are partially out, and some are not out at all. Time Out Youth offers a safe space for all and fully respects the journey of each individual. While at Time Out Youth, you are not expected to be anyone or anything except who you are.  (www.timeoutyouth.org/)

  • Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have. This is a FREE helpline run by volunteers and supported by the community. (www.translifeline.org/)

  • The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. (www.thetrevorproject.org/)

  • The True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. (www.truecolorsfund.org/)

  • UCAN is a Chicago organization. They serve homeless youth (emphasis on LGBTQ). Vision: Youth who suffer trauma can become our future leaders. Mission: To build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. (www.ucanchicago.org/)

  • The William Way Community Center encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming. (www.waygay.org/)

  • The Women's Resource Center provides comprehensive services for female and male victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties. Our services include a crisis hotline, crisis counseling, emergency shelter, safe housing, legal services, support services, community education and advocacy. (www.wrcnepa.org/)

  • Wyoming Equality seeks to enhance the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Equality State by providing: Education, Information, Activities, Support, a Networking System, and an Advocacy System for people impacted by gender and sexual orientation issues. (www.wyomingequality.org/)

  • You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit. (www.youcanplayproject.org/)

  • The mission of the You Will Rise Project is to provide a multimedia showcase for people of all ages who have been bullied to share their stories through the arts. Submissions can include visual art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, etc.) as well as poetry, song lyrics, short stories, or other creative expressions that best capture their personal experiences. (www.youwillriseproject.blogspot.com/p/our-mission.html)

  • YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth in Seattle by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. (www.youthcare.org/)


  1. A book can be submitted in only one category unless it is also being submitted in Debut Fiction.

  2. 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 parent category in the Category Tree.

  3. In addition to specifying which Genre Category applies (see Eligibility Section) the submission must also state which Gender Category applies. There will be not reassignment cross-gender, unless there aren't enough submissions within a gender category. If there aren’t at least 5 submissions for Bisexual Contemporary Romance AND Bisexual Erotic Romance, all submissions WILL BE reassigned to Bisexual Romance; they WILL NOT BE reassigned to LGBT Contemporary Romance or LGBT Erotic Romance, unless there aren't enough submission in Bisexual Romance.

  4. Special Category: Debut Fiction. This is considered the first published stand-alone book in print or ebook of more than 41000 words meeting the eligibility requirements.

  5. A novel is defined as a work of more than 41000 words.

  6. A novella is a work of between 18000 and 41000 words. Novellas will only be considered when submitted as a collection of two or more by the same author, with the total publication exceeding 41000 words. For various authors, please refer to Anthology / Collection category.

  7. A short story is a work of less than 18000 words. Short Stories will only be considered when submitted as a collection of four or more in one publication by the same author, with the total publication exceeding 41000 words. For various authors, please refer to Anthology / Collection category.


  1. Judges will not judge any books which they have written, published or edited.

  2. Judges will be required to read entries from 1 March to 30 November 2016 inclusive.

  3. Judges must indicate prior to the commencement of reading which categories they are not comfortable reading.

  4. Each Judge will be required to read a minimum of 5 books and will only be sent the books they are required to read.

  5. Each book will be judged using 4 different criteria: Plot Development, Setting Development, Characters Development and Writing Style. Judges will rate entries in a range of 1 to 10 points for each criteria.

  6. There will be two separate reading periods:

    1. First period: from 1 March 2015 to 30 September 2016; each book will be read and scored by 3 different judges. At the end of this period, honorable mentions will be announced no later than 31 October 2016.

    2. Second period: from 1 October 2016 to 30 November 2016; all books will be read by 2 additional judges. Winners will be announced on December 8, 2016.

The gay and lesbian world is interconnected in many ways and this is especially true in the world of LGBT fiction with the rise of social media, internet groups and other online activities. The community prides itself in the support given to new and aspiring authors from many sources and in many ways, with the ultimate aim always being to not only give something back to the community but also to enable all of us to have the pleasure of more good quality books available. This support includes reviewing, beta-reading, running book groups and so on.
Qualified judges usually have ties throughout our community and by necessity they are well read, in fact usually voracious readers who care passionately about books and their quality. Many of them are already active volunteers within the LGBT fiction community as previously described and it is recognized that entrants may already be known to Judges. This is an issue that is not exclusive to the Rainbow Awards. Our rules have always been clear that, in order to prevent any undue bias, anyone who is the author, publisher or editor of a nominated book is not allowed to judge that book. Likewise, a Judge may nominate a book for any category providing that they are not then involved in the judging of that book. In addition not only do the Judges follow clear judging guidelines but any book reaching the finals will have been judged by 6 to 8 different judges. Candidates wishing to be judges for 2015 are welcomed, please contact Elisa Rolle at rainbowawards.submission@gmail.com. If you have not judged for this contest before, please give a short introduction explaining why you wish to participate in the jury for this contest.
As always we had a close look at the guidelines and refined them so that they reflect the process with the utmost clarity. Please make sure to read them before submitting or before volunteering to judge.

"Rainbow Pride Cheesecake" is the official pin-up boy of the Rainbow Awards especially created by Paul Richmond

"Air de Capri" is a 1923 painting by Gerda Wegener, with Gerda herself and her husband, transgender male to female, Lili Elbe

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