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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.


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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