In general I feel strange about the intersection of competition and art, but I always enter the Rainbow Awards because the money goes directly to charities of my choosing, in that you send a receipt for your donation and that’s how you enter your book for an award.
The 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.
It’s all volunteer for judging and the money goes for a good cause.
An Honorable Mention means that one or more judges gave the book a top rating, which means a lot. I’m thrilled to entertain and for a few hours be part of someone’s life.