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The F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge—wrap-up & the winners of the grand prize


What a weird year! I don’t think any of us are sad to wave 2020 goodbye. But I love knowing that the book-themed crossword puzzles were one of the highlights of the week for many of you, offering a pleasant distraction while you were stuck at home.


A big thank-you to everyone who participated in the F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge

I’d like to thank all the participating authors and publishers who contributed books for the giveaways—among them Bold Strokes Books, Bella Books, Ylva Publishing, Desert Palm Press, Bywater Books, and many indie authors.

A big thank-you also to the readers who faithfully sent in their crossword solutions every week. We had 378 people participating in the F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge, and 62 of them solved every single crossword puzzle correctly!


And the winners are…

For every crossword solution you sent in, I put the name of the participant into the drawing once. This morning, I randomly drew the 10 winners of the grand prize. Each of them wins 10 signed paperbacks or 10 ebooks (winner’s choice).

  • Winner #1: Sue H. Sue also wins the autograph book with autographs from some of the most popular authors in WLW & lesbian fiction.
  • Winner #2: Erika W.
  • Winner #3: Ana M.
  • Winner #4: Shannon A.
  • Winner #5: Connie W.
  • Winner #6: Nia W.
  • Winner #7: Emily T.
  • Winner #8: Rachel G.
  • Winner #9: Fiona M.
  • Winner #10: Cheryl L.

Congratulations! I’ll email all the winners today.


Sapphic Reading Challenge 2021

 Sapphic Reading Challenge

By now, you’ve probably heard what I have in mind for 2021: A new year-long book event called the Sapphic Reading Challenge. The goal will be to read 10, 20, 30, or 50 books from a list of categories I’ll post each week. Depending on how much time you have to read, you can pick one of 5 different levels, plus a bonus level.

I’ll post the rules and categories tomorrow. I hope you join us for the Sapphic Reading Challenge! If you aren’t already subscribed to my blog, sign up so you won’t miss it!



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13 thoughts on “The F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge—wrap-up & the winners of the grand prize”

  1. A huge congratulations to all the winners!

    And an enormous thanks to Jae for hosting a fun event all through 2020. I can’t wait for the reading challenge to start!!

  2. The puzzles were definitely the highlight of my week and year actually. Thank you to Jae and all the authors and publishers who graciously contributed to this event.

  3. Congrats to the crossword winner.
    I’m particularly intrigued with this reading challenge. I must read an average of 4 books each week. So excited to see what the challenge has in store.

  4. Thank you Jae and all the authors and publishers for your generosity and time creating and running the crossword challenge. I can not believe my name is on this list. Congrats to all the other winners! I hope you had as much fun as I did while finding new authors to support.

    Wishing everyone a healthy, happier and better 2021.

  5. Congrats to all the winners. I’ve read about 64 books in 2020–a record for me! I look forward to the new 2021 reading challenge. Thanks to everyone involved in putting this together, especially Jae, and all the generous authors.


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