Call for Story Submissions: Magic and Mahem GRNW Charity Anthology

CallForSubmissionsGRNW is excited to share the below announcement–a call for submissions for a new project, a charity story anthology based on the prompts from the Character Type Love Match game held at the 2014 and 2015 GRNW Meet-Up conferences.

If you’re loving the prompts, “Soldier x Tattoo Artist” and/or “Mage & Cyborg,” we hope you will consider submitting a LGBTQIA romance story for the anthology. We’d love to build a magical experience that shares the awesomeness of queer romance to GRNW readers and beyond in 2016!

MAGIC AND MAYHEM: A GRNW Charity Anthology

Now Accepting Submissions!

For the past three years, Old Growth Northwest’s Gay Romance Northwest initiative has brought LGBTQ romance authors and readers to the Pacific Northwest to celebrate the genre. Panels, discussions, and books abound—as well as Character Type Love Match. Character Type Love Match is an interactive crowd favorite where attendees vote to advance their favorite character type, and the two left standing form a happily-ever-after pairing. In 2014, the winners were Tattoo Artist and Soldier. At 2015’s conference, the winners were Mage and Cyborg. Magic and Mayhem: A GRNW Anthology is taking those pairings out of GRNW attendees’ fertile imaginations and letting them run wild on the page.

GRNW enthusiasts and authors of queer romance in general are invited to submit their stories about mage/cyborg or tattoo artist/soldier in love for publication in Magic and Mayhem. Proceeds from the anthology will benefit the nonprofit and volunteer-run Gay Romance Northwest initiative so that they can continue to put on excellent programming, facilitate hundreds of book donations to the Seattle area, and keep being awesome without a profit margin.

As this is a charity anthology, contributors will not retain any money from the sale of Magic and Mayhem. Potential authors should keep this in mind when submitting.

Free Entry into GRNW 2016 as an Attending Author: All authors whose works are part of the published anthology will receive a free registration to the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference on 9/24/16 in Seattle, WA, and will be included in the conference program as an official GRNW 2016 Attending Author.

Story guidelines:

  • Stories should be 2,500 to 20,000 words in length.
  • Stories must be LGBTQIA. We encourage authors to submit stories from all over the QUILTBAG spectrum: trans (including genderqueer), asexual, bi romance, and beyond.
  • Any sub-genre is accepted, but it must suit the pairing of either mage/cyborg OR tattoo artist/soldier.
  • As this is a romance genre anthology, a happy ending for the couple, whether it’s HEA or HFN, is strongly preferred.
  • Any heat level is accepted, but as this is a charity anthology for a nonprofit organization, please avoid instances of rape and non-consent for these stories.

Submission guidelines:

  • Deadline is March 31, 2016.
  • The anthology publisher will retain the rights to the stories for two [2] years.
  • Send your submissions to with MAGIC AND MAYHEM – SUBMISSION in the subject line.
  • The file must be attached in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
  • Include a short (no longer than 200 words) summary of the story in the body of the email, as well as the pairing.
  • Stories should be formatted as follows: Times New Roman size 12, double-spaced, paragraphs indented (.25″). Include a cover page with the title, author name, and word count.

Anthology Organizers – Who we are:

  • Nicole Kimberling, Amanda Jean, and Samantha M. Derr are editors brought together in support of GRNW. We’re the organizers and editors of this anthology. Please contact us at if you have questions (or contact Amanda on twitter: @amandahjean and Samantha: @rykaine).
  • To read more about Old Growth Northwest, please visit

Thank you for your support!

GRNW offers our deepest heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Nicole, Amanda, and Samantha for leading this amazing project, and thank you to all the authors who are interested in submitting a story to this anthology and who wish to help support Gay Romance Northwest activities.

Thank you so much! We can’t wait to unveil all the magic (and mahem) next year!

GRNW 2015 Podcast: The Evolving LGBTQ Romance Genre – Where Do You Want the Genre to Go?

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s third annual conference on September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

The Evolving LGBTQ Romance Genre – Where do you want the genre to go?

In the past, GRNW’s last panel of its annual conference examined diversity and how the genre is growing, and this year, we’re “evolving” the evolving panel, keeping the theme around where *you* want the genre to go, but taking it in new directions, and the content will be built by the audience during the opening session. Come find out what everyone voted on, and see how you want the genre to grow and prosper!


Gunner Scott (Program Director, Pride Foundation)


  • Austin Chant: (Author, Silver and Gold)
  • Laylah Hunter (Author, Gabriel’s City, Resurrection Man)
  • Alex Powell (Author, Rangers Over Regulus, Sky Knights)
  • Karelia Stetz-Waters (Author, Something True, Forgive Me if I’ve Told You This Before)

Panelists (Left to Right): Austin Chant, Laylah Hunter, Alex Powell, and Karelia Stetz-Waters


The GRNW 2015 Wall, made up of attendees responses to questions posed earlier in the day, including “Where do you want to see the genre grow?”

Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2015

GRNW 2015 Keynote “Read with Pride”

Celebrating and Elevating Underrepresented Characters in Queer Romance

Traditional or Self-Publishing? Which Route to Choose?

GRNW 2015 Podcast: Traditional or Self-Publishing? Which Route to Choose?

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s third annual conference on September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

Traditional or Self-Publishing? Which Route to Choose?

Self-publishing is the latest gold rush but is everything that shines gold? Especially, within the narrower market of LGBTQ romance it’s vital for authors to make the right choices when publishing their work. This panel will discuss the pros and cons of various modes of publishing.


Susan Lee (Blogger, Boys in Our Books)


  • Lou Harper (Author: Spirit Sanguine, Dead in L.A.)
  • Nicole Kimberling (Editor-in-Chief, Blind Eye Books, and author, Turnskin, Primal Red)
  • Sandy Lowe (Senior Editor, Bold Strokes Books)
  • Jordan Castillo Price (Owner, JCP Books and author, Among the Living, The Persistence of Memory)

(Left to Right) Moderator Susan lee and Panelists Lou Harper, Nicole Kimberling, Sandy Lowe and Jordan Castillo Price

Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2015

GRNW 2015 Keynote “Read with Pride”

Celebrating and Elevating Underrepresented Characters in Queer Romance

GRNW 2015 Podcast: Celebrating and Elevating Underrepresented Characters in Queer Romance

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s third annual conference on September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

Celebrating and Elevating Underrepresented Characters in Queer Romance Fiction

The focus on this panel is to highlight and celebrate underrepresented main characters in LGBTQ romance fiction, whether it is characters of color, and/or of diverse abilities, religions, sexuality, gender, gender identity, economic background, etc. This panel discussion will examine, both amongst the panel members and with the audience, the different ways to authentically represent underrepresented characters and to elevate their stories within the genre.


Tracy Timmons-Gray (Gay Romance Northwest)


  • CJane Elliot (Author, Serpentine Walls, Sex, Lies, and Video Games)
  • Lane Hayes (Author, The Right Words, Better Than Good)
  • Chris Muldoon (Acquisitions Editor, Riptide Publishing)
  • J. K. Pendragon (Author, To Summon Nightmares, Ink & Flowers)
  • Yolanda Wallace (Author, Murphy’s Law, Month of Sundays)


Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2015

GRNW 2015 Keynote “Read with Pride”

Traditional or Self-Publishing? Which Route to Choose?

GRNW 2015 Keynote Podcast – Read with Pride

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s third annual conference on September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library.

The 2015 Keynote, “Read with Pride,” explores the impact of reading LGBTQ love stories. We hear from readers Jessica Blat, Susan Lee, and Austin Chant, with opening remarks by GRNW director Tracy Timmons-Gray.

Listen to the full keynote address

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Read 2015 GRNW Keynote Remarks

Read with Pride by Jessica Blat

Read with Pride by Austin Chant

Read with Pride by Susan Lee

Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2015

Celebrating and Elevating Underrepresented Characters in Queer Romance

Traditional or Self-Publishing? Which Route to Choose?

GRNW 2015 Keynote: Read with Pride by Susan Lee

Part of the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up Keynote, “Read with Pride”.

j-r-ward-lover-at-lastI grew up in a very religious home. When I say this, I mean Pentecostal, hands-in-the-air, “holy spirit come”, type church. I’m finding that this is not in and of itself an original story. But what was a bit different for me was where the church hurt a lot of people by telling them what they could and could not do or be…my experience was being the one pointing the finger, heading up the lynchmob-exoricism-prayer meeting. I was preaching by the time I was 16 and a missionary by the time I was 20. I hated anything “of the world”…and everything that wasn’t considered holy was leading you, yes you (whoever my finger point could reach), to hell.

But deep down, I hated myself the most. I lived in constant judgment of myself. I was a sinner when I masturbated. I was a sinner when I thought of any romance/relationships outside of marriage. And I was a sinner because I was not saving enough people.

My journey led me to San Francisco…for a job that I couldn’t refuse. I didn’t know a single soul. But, I was giddy…because SF was a den of sinners, gay sinners, and I had all this opportunity to save them. And then one night on a prayer walk in the Castro district with my new church, I witnessed two of our church members, one a pastor, physically beating up a gay couple they were trying to preach to. There was blood everywhere, there were cries for help, and I turned tail and ran.

I got back to my apartment, completely in shock, fell to my knees and for the first time, had no idea what to say…what to pray. And I had one of those epiphanies…one of those life-altering moments. It was clear as day, something settled in my heart. God is not about judgment. God is not about doing right. God is love. Period. I’m not here to preach, but I wanted to share that in that moment, this message changed my life…saved my life even.

I started opening myself up to people. Talking to anyone and everyone about stuff not bible-related. I started experimenting with living. I started forgiving myself. And I started reading romance novels. Well, chick lit at first, then romance, then full-on erotica. And at some point, I stumbled upon a Black Dagger Brotherhood fanfic which opened up my world of reading to m/m romance, and then more.

What has reading done for me? I’m learning every day…with each new book, with each new conversation within the community, with each new interaction with someone I would have completely shunned years ago. I used to think drag/cross-dressing/and trans were all the same thing. The concept of asexuality I would have declared “a blessing from god” to avoid temptation. I cringe at my small-mindedness in the past. But the fervor with which I hated so many years ago, I use to try and learn, to grow, to experience, to do better, to be better.

Romance opened up my world. LGBTQ romance broadened my horizons. Reading was my portal to exposure and learning. I read with pride because reading is who I am.

Quick story: I recently interviewed for a new job. In every interview, the question is asked: “What are you reading?” Here I am, interviewing for the VP of Human Resources role. I should say something important. I should say something meaningful. I should say something that would show exactly the kind of HR executive I could be for them. So I did. I replied, “I am a voracious reader of romance books. I particularly read mostly LGBTQ romance.” The CEO looked at me, smiled, and said “Unexpected, but I love the honesty”. I got the job.

GRNW 2015 Keynote

Read with Pride by Jessica Blat

Read with Pride by Austin Chant

Listen to Read with Pride

Podcast: GRNW 2015 Keynote “Read with Pride”

About Susan

Susan is a Human Resources executive by day and a voracious romance reader by night (and any other free minute she can get to read!) Having made the journey from “chick-lit” to erotica to m/m and finally getting more and more exposure to ANY book about LOVE, her life has literally and quite drastically been changed through reading. She loves to talk about books, may become a little too attached to characters, and wants every book she reads to have a happy ending. Susan is a member of the Boys in our Books blog team, where she was able to publish last year’s anthology, ”Another Place in Time” which raised over $10k for charity, and this year’s upcoming charity anthology “Wish Come True”, releasing December 1, 2015. 

GRNW 2015 Keynote: Read with Pride by Austin Chant

Part of the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up Keynote, “Read with Pride”.

Brokeback_MountainToday I want to talk about Brokeback Mountain—but more on that in a minute.

When I was growing up, there was no “reading queer literature” as far as I knew. Every so often I would come across a story with a minor gay character in it, or—more commonly—a cartoonish villain who was designed as a caricature of queerness. This feeling of queerness being freaky and wrong and tragic even permeated many ostensibly queer-friendly stories I read as a young person.

I loved all those sad queer characters, because even early on I could recognize that I had something in common with them. But I’d be lying if those characters didn’t make me believe some terrible things about myself. Picture a child feeling that he has more in common with campy Disney villains than Disney heroes. When the only examples you see of queer people are evil, tragic, comedic caricatures, dead, or simply treated as unworthy of having their stories told… it doesn’t lead you to expect that you, the little queer kid, are a good person. Or even a person with a future.

Which brings me to Brokeback Mountain. I love Brokeback Mountain, but I wish it were a romance novel. Or at least I wish there had existed, in 2005, a popular romance equivalent. Because when I first watched Brokeback Mountain, I was still young enough that seeing any film where two guys kissed was a total rarity, let alone one that depicted such an intense, passionate, romantic love between a same-gender couple. But then, as I watched this film for this first time, I started to get scared.

I wanted so much for it to not be a tragedy, but I knew it was going to be. Because that is what queer stories were to me—stories about unrequited love, homophobic abuse, transphobic violence, death, tragedy, death. And I didn’t want another story like that. I didn’t want something about the evils of the human condition, the cruel horrors of how we treat each other.

I wanted a love story. Specifically, I wanted a story that told me that I could be loved. I didn’t want to watch these people who I identified with suffer and die like I always watched the people I identified with suffer and die.

So—imagine with me—what if Brokeback Mountain were a romance novel? We know what would happen, right? Jack and Ennis would have their meet-cute on the mountaintop and there’d be some raunchy sex scenes, some gut-wrenching twists and turns and moments where it all seemed bleak and hopeless—but in the end, we’d see two people fall in the kind of love that lasts a lifetime, and we’d see that love triumph and find a way. We, as romance readers, would know from the start that this was a story destined to end happily. We would know with certainty that Jack and Ennis get what they deserve: joy, forever.

I’m not saying that stories like these always end happily in real life; we know that they don’t. But stories of enduring love and happiness, stories of safety and joy and recovery, are so valuable. So true. And so important. Quite honestly, they are undervalued, but they might be more important—and to me, growing up, they would have been revolutionary. I didn’t read queer romance as a young man, when I was questioning both gender and sexuality, but I wish I had. I wish I had picked up the kinds of books I read today.

Because when I read a queer romance novel, I know I won’t be martyred at the end. I won’t be left alone and heartbroken, the victim of a cruel world. Instead, I’ll be loved. And that’s actually pretty revolutionary. Telling different kinds of stories about queer people is revolutionary, and romance narratives are very different. Romance narratives promise the opposite of tragedy, and let us reclaim ourselves from stories about deviance and shame. Romance says: we deserve to be loved; we deserve to have our stories uplifted. We deserve a world where our partners respect and care for us, where we get the help we need, where we succeed in loving each other the best we can. Where we are beautiful, sexy, and desirable, and safe.

Here’s another example. Do you know how often, since I came out as a trans man, I’ve had people tell me that Boys Don’t Cry is a must-watch for me now? In case you’re unaware, Boys Don’t Cry is a film about a trans man being murdered. What if, instead (or at least in addition), people valued and recommended stories where trans men are respected, loved, protected, and adored by their partners? Give me Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz or A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde or A Matter of Disagreement by E. E. Ottoman—all romance novels released in the past few years that have made me feel touched, blessed, and loved. These stories make me feel as though the authors see my potential—for love, for success, and for joy. These stories are fantasies for those of us who desperately need to dream.

If I’ve reached any personal conclusion, it’s that we must keep reading, writing, and sharing queer romance. We must keep telling these stories. And we must keep loving and valuing each other as best we can—with our words, with our actions, and maybe most of all with books.

GRNW 2015 Keynote

Read with Pride by Jessica Blat

Read with Pride by Susan Lee

Listen to Read with Pride

Podcast: GRNW 2015 Keynote “Read with Pride”

About Austin

Austin Chant is a bitter millennial, passable chef, and avid reader and writer of queer/trans romance. He lives in Seattle with his partner in crime, a pleasant collection of game consoles, and an abundance of tea. In the regrettably large amount of time he spends not writing romance novels, he attends college and works as a game designer. His first publication is “Coffee Boy” in the Silver & Gold Anthology from Less Than Three Press (October 2015). He’d love to exchange words with you on Twitter (@AustinChanted), and his website is

GRNW 2015 Keynote: Read with Pride by Jessica Blat

Part of the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up Keynote, “Read with Pride”.

Tipping the VelvetI was a voracious reader when I was growing up. I still am. However, I didn’t read much romance -at most a few novels. You see, my sister went through a period where she thought she’d pursue romance writing so I read a few that she had on hand. In truth the shirtless heroes and fainting damsels on the covers, did not capture my interest much. What I inferred from that small sample as the standard formula of “Boy meets girl, girl hates boy generally for pretty good reasons, boy seduces girl, girl somehow redeems boy, end of story” seemed uninteresting at best and offensive at worst. I didn’t see myself in these characters. I didn’t realize there were other options in the genre. At that time –and I’m actually going to date myself here because I think the timeline is relevant– around the turn of the century, which seems ancient when you phrase it like that but actually wasn’t that long ago, there really wasn’t that much queer romance that I could easily have found as a kid in the suburbs.

Fast forward a few years. I was out, I was in college, and I went to the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. They were screening a free viewing of Tipping the Velvet – were any of you there? Cinerama was full to capacity, mostly with lesbians. The show starts, gets to a climactic moment where our protagonist realizes she has been betrayed by her lover, and the credits roll. Almost 600 people myself included, gasp in shock – we need to know how it’s going to turn out!  You can’t roll credits! The story has to have a happy ending – we understand that in our hearts. Turns out it was a miniseries and they did go on to play all the parts. As you might have guessed since I’m talking about this at an LGBTQ romance event, Nan, our protagonist, gets the girl. Happy ending. 600 lesbians and friends leave Cinerama elated.

That night there was also Q&A with Sarah Waters, the author of the novel they’d adapted for the screen. I don’t remember most of what she said though I do remember thinking, my god, someone is writing books like this. And they’re getting turned into TV on the BBC.

It certainly wasn’t the first queer book I’d read (I did go read it after watching the movie), but it was one of the first where the protagonist didn’t die or have some other tragic ending even if things were a bit dicey in the middle. And that’s really the magic of romance, after all, right? The key genre definition – it must have a happily ever after, or at least a happy for now, which is what makes it so powerful. Watching the explosion in the last few years of LGBTQ romance has, to me, been watching the growing acceptance that we can have happy ending too. As the genre (and our society) has matured in recent years, we’re also seeing that those happy endings don’t necessarily have to be in spite of being LGBTQ. In other words, we’re not  quite there yet, but I’m looking forward to gayness as a source of underlying conflict driving the will they/won’t they-either due to internalized fears or external homophobia, being entirely relegated to historical romance.And I’m thrilled for the kids of today and tomorrow that, thanks in part to many of the people in this room, they’ll be able to find so many more kinds of romance than I did as a youth in the suburbs -romance not precisely confined to exactly one shirtless guy and exactly one fainting damsel. Thank you.

GRNW 2015 Keynote

Read with Pride by Austin Chant

Read with Pride by Susan Lee

Listen to Read with Pride

Podcast: GRNW 2015 Keynote “Read with Pride”

About Jessica

Jessica Blat sits on the board of Old Growth Northwest and has volunteered at Gay Romance Northwest every year the meet-up has run. She has been an avid reader of lesbian romance since she discovered that a genre existed with happily ever afters that were relevant to her interests. She has a particular weakness for romance grounded in speculative fiction and also coming of age stories. Jessica currently works in publishing, which she came to via a circuitous route that wended through a computer science degree and financial systems consulting. She is a Seattle native that never left for more than a few months at a time, and lives with her wife and two cats.

GRNW 2015 – What to expect and where to go??

Library_outsideWow! We are two days away from the third annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up at the Seattle Public Library on September 26!

We want to provide some up-front info for attendees wondering about the event, especially if it’s their first time. Below is some frequently asked questions (and also please feel free to share your own questions in the comments!)

Can I buy tickets online still? Yes. You can purchase a conference pass for $25 at Brown Paper Tickets.

For all tickets purchased before Friday at 9am, we’ll have a name tag printed for you at registration. Tickets purchased after that, we will have a blank name tag to fill in.

Heads-up: Online sales end Friday morning. Brown Paper Ticket sales end at 9am on Friday. You can purchase a pass after that at the Hugo House events on Friday night. (At the Old Growth table) or you can purchase at the registration desk on Saturday morning.

Can I buy a ticket at registration? Yes, you can purchase a ticket for $25 at registration. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

When does the library open? For GRNW attendees, you can enter the library at starting at 9am. The library does not officially open until 10am, but since we have to start at 9am for registration, attendees can come in early.

What is the dress code? Seattle is suuuuuuuuper casual, so it’s wear what you want. Most of the conference is in the Seattle Public Library, which is also a pretty casual place.

Are there activities before Saturday? Yes! As listed in our program schedule, we have a couple free reading events the night before on Friday, September 25.

  • 6:30pm – Doors open at Hugo House (1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
  • 7pm – 8:30pm: #LoveWins Reading and Q&A at Hugo House with Edmond Manning, Alex Powell, Radclyffe, Anne Tenino, and Yolanda Wallace.
  • 8:45 – 10pm: 5 Minutes in Heaven reading at Hugo House with authors Vicktor Alexander, Ralph Josiah Bardsley, Heidi Belleau, Austin Chant, Ethan Day, R.G. Emanuelle, Daisy Harris, Andi Marquette, Rick R. Reed, and  Karelia Stetz-Waters, and MC-ed by local author Evan J. Peterson.

We hope you can join us for these Friday events! They are a great way to kick-off the weekend and to begin meeting attendees.

What times do things start on Saturday?

It depends on what you’re planning on doing:

Registration: This is from 9am – 10am, and is the best time to come, grab your name tag, swag bag, and look over the free book table to grab what you want. (First come, first serve at the free book table.)

Conference Programming: This will run from 10am – 3:15pm, with an break between 1-2pm. Come back to the auditorium around 1:50pm to see how the free book table has been refreshed. :D

Reader Meet-Up: This will run from 3:15 – 4pm, so after the formal conference programming. This is a fun meet-up to play some games and chat with readers, and also it gives the authors time to set-up their spots at the book fest. For those who remember last year, YES, we will be playing Character Type Love Match. :D

Book Festival: 4pm – 6pm at the Hotel Monaco (across the street from the library at 1101 4th Ave. The festival is downstairs in the Paris Ballroom.

The festival is FREE to enter, so come and enjoy!

1st Bus going to After Party: 5:30pm in front of the Hotel Monaco

2nd Bus going to the After Party: 6:15pm in front of the Hotel Monaco

After Party: 6:30pm – 9:00pm – Neighbours Night Club (1509 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122) Come celebrate Banned! Books in Drag, a free multi-performer drag performance, hosted by The Seattle Public Library. It will be a wonderful celebration of drag and literature!

Bus back to Hotel Monaco: 9:15pm

After-After Party: 10am – Midnight (Trace Bar, 1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA, across the street from the Hotel Monaco.) Come relax and enjoy a low-key time to chat over the day.

What should I expect at the free book festival after the conference?

The book fest will feature:

  • 50 LGBTQ romance authors to meet and chat with (See author list)
  • Both the authors and the publishers Bold Strokes Books, Dreamspinner Press, and Wilde City Press will be selling books.
  • Loads of free author swag!
  • Free appetizers
  • A cash bar (For real- it’s cash only.)

What can I expect at the After Party and the After-After Party?

Both the after party at Neighbours and the After-After Party at Trace will be a very casual setting. Neighbours is open to the public (although 21+), so there will be more than GRNW attendees there to enjoy the Banned! Books in Drag programming. Trace is the bar in the W Hotel, and will overall be very chill and relaxed.

Where do I pick up my swag bag? You can pick it up at registration.

I hear there will be free books at the conference? Yep! We have loads of free books that you can just grab and take with you. Enjoy!

Is there still a book drive for Gay City going on? Yep! We are also gathering book donations for the Gay City LGBTQ library. Every book donated will get a raffle ticket, and a chance to win some prizes! Books can be donated at the Gay City table at the conference and book festival.

Where can I park? The Seattle Library has parking all day for $8, but it ends at 7pm. Downtown also has some nearby lots. Street parking becomes free after 8pm.

What other questions could we answer? Let us know! :D

GRNW 2015 News – New LGBTQ Romance Titles in the Seattle Public Library

Library_outsideAs we gear up for GRNW 2015 later this week on Sept. 26, we’re excited to share some great news from the Seattle Public Library!

Since GRNW started in 2013, we’ve worked with SPL to help increase their collection of LGBTQ romance titles, and in 2013 and 2014, thanks to all of SPL’s wonderful efforts, the library’s collection increased by over 400 titles.

And this year, ahead of the conference, we’re delighted to share that SPL has added over 100 more LGBTQ romance and LGBTQ genre fiction titles to their collection, including works by:

Dani Alexander, Vicktor Alexander, Tamara Allen, Astrid Amara, Heidi Belleau, Sarah Black, Sam Burke, Mary Calmes, KJ Charles, LC Chase, Charlie Cochet, Karenna Colcroft, Megan Derr, Charley Descoteaux, Grace R. Duncan, RG Emanuelle, Kim Fielding, Lauren Gallagher, Amelia Gormley, Alexis Hall, Dena Hankins, Kaje Harper, Lou Harper, Daisy Harris, Lane Hayes, David Holly, Jae, SE Jakes, Amber Kell, Carol Lynne, Josh Lanyon, Edmond Manning, Kate McLachlan, Christopher Hawthorne Moss, MJ O’Shea, E.E. Ottoman, J.K. Pendragon, Alex Powell, Jordan Castillo Price, Mark Probst, Radclyffe, Rick R. Reed, Devon Rhodes and TA Chase, Michael Rupured, KZ Snow, Andrea Speed, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Ariel Tachna, Anne Tenino, Yolanda Wallace, Sheri Lewis Wohl,

And for those trying to read titles by more GRNW 2015 authors, we were delighted to see these authors also part of the collection!

Jove Belle, Dev Bentham, Ginn Hale, J. Tullos Hennig, Heather Rose Jones, Nicole Kimberling, Morticia Knight, Jill Malone, and Andi Marquette.

Reader access to books is a big part of GRNW’s core mission, and increasing library collections is a great way to increase the community’s ability to find and read these wonderful books!

Interested in working with your local library?

To learn more about how to work with libraries, whether you are a reader, publisher, or writer please see:

Gay City LGBT Library Book Drive at GRNW 2015

MCWLibSpeaking of access, we’re thrilled to work with the Seattle nonprofit Gay City for the third year to raise awareness and encourage book donations for the Gay City LGBT Library Book Drive!

At the GRNW 2015 conference on 9/26, Gay City will have a table and will be welcoming LGBT book donations. For every book donated, the donor will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance to win some cool prizes, including an Amazon Fire!

All LGBT book donations will be greatly appreciated, and thank you to everyone who has given to the Gay City Library and allowed it to be one of the most robust free resources on LGBT romance in Seattle!

Happy Reading! :D