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Call for Submissions; New Trans Literary Award Announced
As the Publishing Triangle begins the process for its annual awards program with this call for submissions, we are extremely excited to announce that we are establishing a new award. The Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature will honor distinguished literary works from the trans and gender-variant community. The winner, to be announced at our awards ceremony in April 2016, will receive a prize of $1000.

Meanwhile, the Publishing Triangle is now accepting nominations for its 2015 fiction, nonfiction, and poetry awards, given for books published between January 1 and December 31, 2015.To submit nominations to the new Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature, or to one of our other awards, click on the following links for a downloadable submission instructions (in PDF or Word formats), and click on the following links for a downloadable submission form in PDF format or in Word format.

We will present seven awards to LGBT authors: the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; and as mentioned above the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. The Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards foundation presents its annual prize for LGBT fiction in conjunction with our awards ceremony, so you can submit candidates for that award as well.

All of these literary prizes include honorariums: $3000 for the Whitehead award; $1000 each for White debut fiction, Ferro-Grumley fiction, nonfiction, and trans/g.v.; and $500 each for poetry.
At this juncture, you are also welcome to suggest a candidate for the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, which we will be presenting for the 28th time. If you want to nominate someone, note that we will be giving the award to a female-identified writer, in accordance with our tradition of alternating winners. To nominate, follow this simple process:
--send an e-mail to
--title/heading of the e-mail should be "Whitehead Suggestion"
--the body of the e-mail can just be the name of the (female) writer. There's no need for elaborate nominations or encomiums.
Note that we will not be able to acknowledge your suggestion individually-but we thank you in advance if you make one.

The deadline for nominations is December 8, 2015. There isa an entrance fee of $35 per title.

A short-list of finalists will be announced in March 2016, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony at the New School in Greenwich Village, New York, the following month.

Learn the Basics of Publishing Your Book

The Publishing Triangle is sponsoring a panel discussion at New York City's LGBT Community Services Center on November 12. The panel "Publish It Forward" will teach you how a book can succeed in today's volatile marketplace.
A publisher, agent, bookseller, publicist, and cultural critic discuss such questions as: What are publishers looking for? What can sell these days? What are the pluses (and minuses) of self-publishing your work? They'll also share tips on the dynamics of publishing professionals working seamlessly together to push a book onto the bestseller list.
A vital panel for writers (both already published and aspiring) and for book publishing professionals. Q&A session after the panel offers their presentations and empirically tested advice. Panelists include publicist and marketing expert Michele Karlsberg (moderator), bookseller Greg Newton, publisher Lori Perkins, book critic June Thomas, and agent Mitchell Waters.
Details: Thursday, November 12, 7 pm, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. Room 210, LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13 St., NYC. Admission is free.

Winners Announced for Best LGBT Fiction, Debut Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry Published in 2014

The Ferro-Grumley Award for lesbian and gay fiction was established in 1988 to recognize, promote excellence in, and give greater access to fiction writing from lesbian and gay points of view. The award, which has widened to embrace bisexuals and the transgendered, honors the memory of authors Robert Ferro (The Blue Star, Second Son) and Michael Grumley (Life Drawing), life partners who died that year of AIDS, within weeks of each other.

Winner: Mr. Loverman, by Bernardine Evaristo (Akashic Books)

Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

All I Love and Know, by Judith Frank (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

I Loved You More, by Tom Spanbauer (Hawthorne Books)
Sideways Down the Sky
, by Barry Brennessel (MLR Press)
When Everything Feels Like the Movies, by Raziel Reid (Arsenal Pulp Press)

The Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction was first presented in 2006. This prize highlights the Publishing Triangle’s ongoing commitment to emerging LGBT talent.

Winner: For Today I Am a Boy, by Kim Fu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Little Reef and Other Stories, by Michael Carroll (University of Wisconsin Press)

New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, by Shelly Oria (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Unaccompanied Minors, by Alden Jones (New American Press)

The Publishing Triangle began giving the Shilts-Grahn awards for nonfiction in 1997. The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction honors the American writer, cultural theorist and activist (b. 1940) best known for  Another Mother Tongue. It recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about lesbians, bisexual women, and/or transwomen, or that has a significant influence upon the lives of queer women.

Winner: Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: 40 Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, by Barbara Smith; edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Press)

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
A Cup of Water Under My Bed, by Daisy Hernandez (Beacon Press)

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, by Kelly Cogswell (University of Minnesota Press)

The End of Eve, by Ariel Gore (Hawthorne Books)

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction honors the journalist whose groundbreaking reporting on the AIDS epidemic for the San Francisco Chronicle made him a hero to many in the community. This award recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or transmen or that has a significant influence upon the lives of queer men. 

Winner: Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity, by Robert Beachy (Alfred A. Knopf)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

Hold Tight Gently, by Martin Duberman (The New Press)

The Prince of Los Cocuyos, by Richard Blanco (Ecco/HarperCollins)

Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, by Philip Gefter (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

The Publishing Triangle established its poetry awards in 2001. The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry honors the author of The Man with Night Sweats (1992), Boss Cupid (2000; the winner of the very first Triangle Award for Gay Male Poetry), and other works. This award was renamed in his honor in 2005.

Winner: Last Psalm at Sea Level, by Meg Day (Barrow Street Press)

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

How a Mirage Works, by Beverly Burch (Sixteen Rivers Press)

Like a Beggar, by Ellen Bass (Copper Canyon Press)

Tiger Heron, by Robin Becker (University of Pittsburgh Press)

The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry honors the American poet, essayist, librarian, and teacher. She received the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement shortly before her death. Among her other sixteen books are Zami (1982) and A Burst of Light (1989).

Winner: The New Testament, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
I Don’t Know Do You
, by Roberto Montes (Ampersand Books)

Prelude to Bruise, by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press)

The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Bilingual Edition, edited and translated by Stephen Sartarelli (University of Chicago Press)



Rigoberto González Receives
Bill Whitehead Award


RigobertoRigoberto González is the 2015 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. This honor, which carries the largest cash prize in LGBT letters, will be presented at our awards ceremony on April 23, 2015, in New York City.

Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry—most recently, Unpeopled Eden, which was a finalist last year for the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His ten books of prose comprise two bilingual children’s books; the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series; the novel Crossing Vines; the story collection Men Without Bliss; and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction and received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

González has also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and a volume of the poet Alurista’s work, Xicano Duende. He is the recipient of, among others, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award.

González is contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, sits on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is professor of English at Rutgers–Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a man in odd-numbered years and to a woman in even years, and the winner receives $3000.


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Our LGBT Reading List
Do you love LGBT literature and want to know what to read next? Well, then you've landed on the right web page. The Publishing Triangle asked two distinguished panels of judges to come up with The 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels and The 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Nonfiction Books of all time.

We also asked fourteen lesbian book reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and/or authors to name the Most Notable Lesbian Books of 2004.

Also be sure to check out new publications by Publishing Triangle members and books that won 2004 Publishing Triangle Awards.

Volunteer Now! Ask Us How!
The Publishing Triangle is a not-for-profit organization that relies on its members and friends to volunteer their services. We could use help with event planning, fund raising, the web site, and coordinating many other activities. If you would like to volunteer, send an e-mail to Volunteer Coordinator with "Publishing Triangle" in the subject line.

For information on lesbian and gay publishing events, visit our Events Calendar page.

Thursday, November 12, 7 pm, "“Publish It Forward”: A panel discussion on the basics of publishing your book, moderated by Michele Karlsberg. With Greg Newton, Lori Perkins, June Thomas, and Mitchell Waters." Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. Room 210, LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13 St., NYC. Admission is free.