2013 Rainbow Awards – Celebrating Quality LGBT Fiction / Non-Fiction


For the second year I have signed on to be a Juror to review submitted novels considered for the 2013 Rainbow Awards hosted each year by Elisa Rolle. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience last year, reading a bevy of fine novels written by both new and seasoned writers. So, when the opportunity came around again this year, I couldn’t pass up the chance – and I must say, judging by the first three novels I’ve read so far, the field is stronger than ever!

Being a Juror for the Rainbow Awards has also introduced me to writers and genres I may not have otherwise chosen on my own, such as “Ink” by Isabelle Rowan, a novel which I wrote a review last year saying “Isabelle Rowan” has created a very gratifying m/m love story and thriller…a novel  between opposite men, unlikely lovers – men destined to meet in this lifetime (and perhaps the next.). I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, not to mention the incredible cover. Another pleasant surprise was newcomer, Rob Kaufman’s “One Last Lie“, of which I wrote “…Kaufman has created a “must-read” novel for anyone searching for a kick-ass psychological thriller with a strong romantic theme…”

Other novels I read were “Where Nerves End” by L. A. Witt, “Handle With Care” by Josephine Myles, “Servitude” by Rebecca Cohen and “Spice And Smoke” by Suleikha Snyder.

If you are an author with a new novel and want to submit your entry(ies) for the 2013 Rainbow Awards, the deadline is fast approaching;

Deadline to submit: September 5, 2013.

A shortlist of up to five finalist for each category will be announced no later than Oct 15, 2013

Winners will be announced on December 8, 2013

The 2013 Elisa Rolle Rainbow Awards are 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.  For this the contest’s fifth year, some new rules have been instigated, and a new partner has emerged to assist Elisa. The Rainbow Romance Writers, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, will partner with Elisa in the management and coordination of this contest. Despite RRW’s status as a chapter for romance writers, their participation in no way changes the Rainbow Awards and do not make them exclusively a romance contest. One need not be a member of RRW or RWA to participate in this contest.

Form more information and to find complete submission guidelines, please visit the following websites:



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