In case you don’t know, there’s this event called The Rainbow Awards. It was started by LGBT romance book reviewer, Elisa Rolle, and it’s been gaining momentum in the past few years.
Here are the rules and how you can enter.
If you write m/m romance, or m/m fiction, and you haven’t checked out Elisa’s blog yet, please take the time to do it. You’re in for a treat you won’t find anywhere else. It not only has a strong international flair and sophistication I love, but also a sense of taste and style. It’s different; trust me on this. Style is something you either have or don’t have and you can’t fake it. Elisa has style. And she cares far more about books and authors than she does about the publishing industry or idle gossip.
I know for a fact Elisa lives and loves m/m romance more than anyone I know. Although she’s a full time professional in Italy, with an excellent career, the rest of her life has been devoted to m/m romance. And in doing this, she’s helped promote positive, productive LGBT images without an agenda. She just loves what she does.
So check out her site, and if you haven’t entered your books in her contest, please check out the guidelines. I might be wrong about this because I haven’t checked other guidelines in a while, but as far as I know, this is the only international LGBT award where everyone is invited to participate. In other words, you don’t have to be gay. You can be a straight woman writing m/m romance and you are still eligible. And, you can enter e-books. They don’t have to be just print books.
After the post about all the great submissions for the Lasting Love anthology, I had to follow up with this short post. As I said, all the submissions were good, and I have a feeling that the one I didn’t actually get a chance to read was good, too.
I’ll explain. Last Friday afternoon I received a last minute e-mail from a writer who wanted to submit for the anthology, but didn’t see the call for submission until that week. The deadline was Saturday, and the writer wanted to know if they could submit early the following week. They couldn’t submit on Saturday because of religious reasons, and apologized a thousand times. So I replied and said they could submit on Monday or Tuesday. I wasn’t sure if I’d be working on Sunday (I did anyway) so there would still be time early in the week to read the short story. I don’t know how other editors feel, but when someone contacts me at the last minute with a well written e-mail and a good voice, I’m curious and I want to know more about them.
As it turned out, this writer didn’t get a chance to submit anything because of the time factor. And I understood that; I’ve been there myself. The writer e-mailed me after reading the Lasting Love post I wrote, and explained this in another well written, professional e-mail.
So if this writer is reading this post, I’m hoping they continue to follow the ravenous romance calls for submissions, because now I’m really curious.