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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 $1,000.

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 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.

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