The 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards
deadline (for receipt of form): December 2, 2019 / submission fee: $40
· Books must be published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. A print edition must be available—titles published only in e-book format are not eligible.
· All current, dues-paying individual members of the Publishing Triangle may submit 1 book in 1 category for free. If you yourself will not be supplying the books as well, please provide a contact name at the publisher whom we may contact for the requisite number of books.
· All current, dues-paying corporate members of the Publishing Triangle may enter up to eight (8) submissions for free. (A single book’s submission in 2 categories counts as 2 submissions.) After that, the fee is $40 per additional title.
· All others must enclose a check or money order for $40 per category submitted. With apologies: we are not able to accept payment via credit card.
· Submissions from Canada or elsewhere outside the U.S.: contact firstname.lastname@example.org first, for special payment instructions.
· Entrance fees are due with the submission form; however, if fee must follow, we must receive it by January 7, 2020; if payment is not received by then, the book will be removed from the competition.
· To join and then submit: Download a membership form and mail in together with your check for your dues. Then use the submissions form and submit title(s) for free. Questions about membership? Email email@example.com, using “Triangle Membership” as Subject.
· For more information on the eligibility of anthologies, collections of previously published materials, and other special cases, e-mail the coordinator of the specific award at the address listed (see below). Overall questions: email Trent Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org
· The decisions of the coordinators and/or judges regarding eligibility are final.
· Mail the completed submission form and any funds due to: The Publishing Triangle, 511 Avenue of the Americas, #D36, New York, NY 10011. DO NOT MAIL BOOKS TO THIS ADDRESS.
· After we have received and processed your submission form and payment, the coordinator of each individual award will email you instructions as to where books should be sent. (note: The mailing of books from submitters and the receipt of books by judges are not governed by the 12/2/19 deadline.)
· A title submitted in two categories requires an $80 fee.
· If you are submitting more than one book for consideration, you do not have to send separate checks (i.e., send an $80 check for 2 separate titles, etc.). Nor do you have to send in separate envelopes.
A list of the previous winners is available here.
Finalists/nominees will be notified in March 2020.
Note: Submission does not equal “nomination”: authors and publishers are requested not to use the latter term on their websites or in any promotional material.
Guidelines for Each Award
THE FERRO-GRUMLEY AWARD FOR LGBTQ FICTION
Established in 1988, the Ferro-Grumley Award recognizes excellence and experiment in literary fiction. LGBTQ fiction is defined as fiction reflecting or affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer lives.
Anthologies of fiction by a number of writers are eligible, as are books of short stories by a single writer. Reissues of previously published works are usually not eligible.
A book may be submitted for both the Ferro-Grumley Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction (see below), or for both Ferro-Grumley and the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature (see below); in that case, use j use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.
Questions? Email Stephen Greco at email@example.com, using “Awards” as Subject.
THE EDMUND WHITE AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION
Established in 2006, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction recognizes outstanding first novels or story collections by LGBTQ authors, or by authors of any age whose work contains queer themes.
Authors may have appeared in anthologies or journals before, and they may have published works of nonfiction or poetry; but the book submitted for consideration must be their first book-length work of fiction. Self-published works are eligible, but subsequent reissues by commercial publishers are not eligible (unless publication date is same year as original self-published year).
A book may be submitted for both the Edmund White Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award (see above), or both White and the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature (see below); in that case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.
Questions? Email Seth Bookey at firstname.lastname@example.org, using “Awards” as Subject.
THE RANDY SHILTS–JUDY GRAHN AWARDS FOR GAY & LESBIAN NONFICTION
Established in 1997, the Randy Shilts–Judy Grahn Awards are bestowed annually to, respectively, one book that is of most immediate interest to male-identified LGBTQ readers and one that is of most immediate interest to female-identified LGBTQ readers.
“Lesbian nonfiction” is defined as works that are by or about lesbians, bisexual women, and/or trans women, or that have a significant influence on the lives of queer women. “Gay nonfiction” is defined as works that are by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or trans men, or that have a significant influence on the lives of queer men.
Nonfiction anthologies are eligible. If an anthology has a mixture of LGBTQ content, determination of category is based foremost on the subject matter and secondarily on the sexual orientation of the editor(s) of the volume.
We welcome the submission of quality nonfiction with trans or bisexual content. You may submit such a book in Shilts, in Grahn, or in both—or leave it up to us to decide. (The awards coordinator and judges reserve the right to change categories for consideration.)
A book may be submitted for one of these nonfiction awards as well as for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature (see below); in that case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.
Email Trent Duffy at email@example.com, using “Awards” as
THE AUDRE LORDE–THOM GUNN AWARDS FOR LESBIAN & GAY POETRY
Established in 2000, these awards recognize excellence in poetry. The Audre Lorde Award is for a book of poems by a lesbian, bisexual woman, or trans woman; the Thom Gunn Award is for a book of poems by a gay man, bisexual man, or trans man.
Books must be published in a standard edition (48 or more pages long) in the United States or Canada. Chapbooks are not eligible. Anthologies are not eligible.
A book may be submitted for one of these poetry awards as well as for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature (see below); in that case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.
Questions? Email Carol Rosenfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org, using “Awards” as Subject.
THE PUBLISHING TRIANGLE AWARD FOR
TRANS AND GENDER-VARIANT LITERATURE
Established in 2015 and presented for the first time in the spring of 2016, the Publishing Triangle bestows this award to honor distinguished literary works from the trans and gender-variant community. By “trans and gender-variant” (abbreviated as T/GV hereafter), we include transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and anyone else whose self-definition is gender-variant or non-gender-conforming.
Eligibility: Works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by T/GV writers are eligible (as long as they are first published in English in the U.S. or Canada during calendar year 2019). Also eligible are nonfiction works that are primarily about the T/GV experience and which are written or co-written by cis people (for instance, a memoir by the partner of a trans person, or a monograph on an aspect of the trans experience by a non-T/GV scholar).
If desired, works may be submitted in other categories as well as this one: nonfiction to the Grahn/Shilts awards; poetry to the Lorde/Gunn awards; and fiction to the Ferro-Grumley or Edmund White award (see above for details on those awards). In that case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.
Questions: Please email Carol Rosenfeld at email@example.com, using “T/GV Award” as Subject.
THE BETTY BERZON EMERGING WRITER AWARD
A separate sheet in this packet describes this award, which is given to a writer and not to recognize a particular published book. The guidelines are somewhat different, and can be found here. A different submission form is used, so please follow instructions carefully.
There is a $40 submission fee.Questions: Please email Rob Byrnes at firstname.lastname@example.org, using “Emerging Writer Award” as Subject.