Alice B. Toklas,
a Guiding Inspiration
The Alice B Awards
Committee is a mostly anonymous group of avid
lesbian readers living in a few different
states in the US, UK, and Canada. The award
is made possible by money supplied by an anonymous
donor. The donor and the committee share a
common goal: to reward and thank writers of
lesbian fiction for their contribution to
the lesbian community, culture, and identity.
We like to think our Medal winners are our
All Time, All-Star writers.
The Alice B Awards Committee was established
originally to encourage submissions of quality
manuscripts to a small press and to reward
the writers of well-written books. That press
went out of business, and subsequently, in
2004, the goal of the group was altered from
awarding a prize for a single book to awarding
a medal for Lifetime Achievement.
Winners of that Lifetime Achievement under
the initial guidelines were: Gerri Hill, Nancy
Sanra, Aya Walksfar, and Radclyffe. Radclyffes
award was for that years body
of work, and she was the only one not
involved with the original publisher. Starting
in 2004, the official Alice B Medal system
was put in place and has continued annually
time, some big changes have occurred. The
original founder died. An administrator was
put i place to keep the website updated and
run the awards process. And along the way,
all the original retirees but one have died
or become unable to read. The committee has
added new committee members over time, all
of whom are sworn to secrecy upon penalty
of something very terrible occurring.
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 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!