The J. Michael Samuel Prize honors emerging LGBTQ writers over the age of 50. To be eligible, the winner of the prize must be unpublished and meet our minimum age requirement. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • be 50 years of age or older as of January 1st of the award year;
  • be unpublished and have no books under contract or forthcoming from a publisher (up to one (1) self-published title is permitted). Writers with bylines for short stories, poetry, and essays are still eligible.;
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for continued growth; and
  • show meaningful engagement with LGBTQ literary communities.

Additional Information

The applicant's contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings will also be considered. For example: reviewing LGBTQ literature, conducting relevant research, participating in LGBTQ literary events, contributing to LGBTQ journals and reviews, membership in online LGBTQ literary forums, etc. This award is made possible by founding sponsor Chuck Forester.

Dedicated to the memory of author and journalist Jim Duggins, this prize honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come. Made possible through the generous support of the James Duggins Estate, two winners will each receive a cash prize of $5,000.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer;
  • have written and published at least three novels or two novels and substantial additional literary work (including poems, stories, or essays); and
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for growth in their writing.

Additional Information

This award is for a writer, not a book. The application must therefore focus on the qualifications of the writer, not the qualities of a particular book. The prize will be awarded with a goal of gender diversity among recipients.

This award honors mid-career novelists. For the purposes of this prize, Lambda Literary defines mid-career novelists as those who have published at least three novels or two novels and substantial additional literary work (including poems, stories, and essays).

Applicants’ contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications shall also be considered.

The Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, in memory of the celebrated author Randall Kenan, honors Black LGBTQ writers of fiction. The award will go to a Black LGBTQ writer whose fiction explores themes of Black LGBTQ life, culture, and/or history. To be eligible, the winner of the prize must have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking work. The award includes a cash prize of $3,000.

Eligibility
In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • self-identify as LGBTQ and Black;
  • have written and published (self-published or traditionally published) at least one book of fiction that captures the depth and complexity of Black LGBTQ life, culture, and/or history;
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for continued growth; and
  • show meaningful engagement with LGBTQ literary communities.


Additional Information
The applicant's contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications will also be considered. For example: reviewing LGBTQ literature, conducting relevant research, participating in LGBTQ literary events, contributing to LGBTQ journals and reviews, membership in online LGBTQ literary forums, etc.
This award is made possible by founding sponsor Cedric Brown, Darnell Moore, and Dr. L. Lamar Wilson.

The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers (formerly the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award) recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. Two winners will each receive a cash prize of $1,500.
Eligibility
In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer;
  • have written and published at least one but no more than two books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry;
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for growth in their writing; and
  • show meaningful engagement with LGBTQ literary communities.

Additional Information
This award is for a writer, not a book. The application must therefore focus on the qualifications of the writer, not the qualities of a particular book. The prize will be awarded with a goal of gender diversity among recipients.
This award honors emergent writers. Established authors are not eligible for consideration. Lambda Literary defines emergent writers as those who have published at least one but no more than two books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Applicants’ contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications shall also be considered.

The Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, established in memory of the beloved activist and author, honors lesbian/queer-identified women and trans/gender non-conforming authors who are committed to nonfiction work that captures the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture, and/or history. The winner of the prize will have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking and challenging work. The award was introduced in 2018 and includes a cash prize of $2,500.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • self-identify as lesbian/queer or trans/gender non-conforming;
  • have written and published at least one book of nonfiction that captures the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture, and/or history;
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for continued growth; and
  • show meaningful engagement with LGBTQ literary communities.

Additional Information

The award is for a writer, not a book. The application must therefore focus on prior and ongoing writings, showing the author’s commitment to lesbian/queer nonfiction (including, but not limited to: memoir, biography, history, philosophy, and social justice genres and themes).

The applicant's contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications will also be considered. For example: reviewing LGBTQ literature, conducting relevant research, participating in LGBTQ literary events, contributing to LGBTQ journals and reviews, membership in online LGBTQ literary forums, etc.

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