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Call for Submissions

The Publishing Triangle is now accepting nominations for its 2018 fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans/GV awards, given for books published between January 1 and December 31, 2018.
We will present eight awards to LGBTQ 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; the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature; and the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award.
The Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards foundation presents its annual prize for LGBTQ 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; $1500 for the Berzon award; and $1000 each for White debut fiction, Ferro-Grumley fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans/GV.
Overall instructions and guidelines for each individual award can be found here. The submission form used for all but the Berzon and Whitehead awards is here.
The deadline for submissions is December 4, 2018, and there is a submission fee of $40 per title.
The Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award has a somewhat different protocol; instructions for this award are here and the submission form is here.
A short-list of finalists will be announced in March 2019, and the awards will be presented during a gala ceremony at the New School in Greenwich Village on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
If you have questions, please write, using “Awards” as subject line.

Nominate a Writer for the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement

As the Publishing Triangle opens its awards-submission season, you are welcome to suggest a candidate for the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, which we will present next spring for the 31st time.
Note that we will be giving the award to a male-identified writer, in accordance with our tradition of alternating winners. Last year’s winner was Sarah Schulman. Other recent winners include Michael Bronski, Eloise Klein Healy, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Maria Irene Fornes, and John D’Emilio.
    To nominate someone, follow this simple process:
    1. Send an email to
    2. The title/heading of the email should be “Whitehead Suggestion.”
    3. The body of the email can just be the name of the (male) 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.

Publishing Triangle Announces Best LGBTQ Books of 2017 at 30th Annual Triangle Awards Ceremony

At a ceremony at the New School on April 26, 2018, the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans literature published in 2017 were presented honored by the Publishing Triangle.

photo245Winners at April 26’s Triangle Awards ceremony were (from left): Reina Gossett (trans/GV literature); Alistair McCartney (fiction); Malaga Baldi (leadership); Sarah Perry (emerging writer); Gabrielle Calvocoressi (lesbian poetry); Sarah Schulman (lifetime achievement); and Johanna Burton (trans/GV literature)  PHOTO BY TRACY KETCHER

The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction went to The Disintegrations, by Alistair McCartney (University of Wisconsin Press).

The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac (Bywater Books)
The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne (Hogarth/Crown)
Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)
Outside Is the Ocean, by Matthew Lansburgh (University of Iowa Press)

The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction was presented to Marriage of a Thousand Lies, by SJ Sindu (Soho Press).

Elmet, by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin Books)
Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)
Scarborough, by Catherine Hernandez (Arsenal Pulp Press)

The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry was given to When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, by Chen Chen (BOA Editions).

Don't Call Us Dead, by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)
Half-Light: Collected Poems, 1965–2016, by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing, by Charif Shanahan (Southern Illinois University Press)

The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry went to Rocket Fantastic, by Gabrielle Calvocoressi (Persea Books).

Lena, by Cassie Pruyn (Texas Tech University Press)
No Dictionary of a Living Tongue, by Duriel E. Harris (Nightboat Books)
Some Say, by Maureen N. McLane (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature was presented to Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton (The MIT Press).

Don't Call Us Dead, by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)
A Place Called No Homeland, by Kai Cheng Thom (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Prayers for My 17th Chromosome, by Amir Rabiyah (Sibling Rivalry Press)

The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction was given to Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, by Rosalind Rosenberg (Oxford University Press).

Abandon Me, by Melissa Febos (Bloomsbury USA)
Afterglow, by Eileen Myles (Grove Press)
Mean, by Myriam Gurba (Coffee House Press)

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction was given to Brilliant Imperfection, by Eli Clare (Duke University Press).

The Inheritance of Shame, by Peter Gajdics (Brown Paper Press)
Lives of Great Men, by Chike Frankie Edozien (Team Angelica Publishing)
Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, by Richard A. McKay (University of Chicago Press)

The Publishing Triangle congratulates these writers, and their publishers. And it recommends all the winning volumes as well as the finalists to interested queer readers.

Front row, from left: Reina Gossett and Johanna Burton (co-editors of Trans/GV award winner TRAP DOOR); Carol Rosenfeld (Publishing Triangle chair); Sarah Schulman (Lifetime Achievement winner); Sarah Perry (Berzon Emerging Writer winner); Gabrielle Calvocoressi (ROCKET FANTASTIC, Lesbian Poetry winner); Teresa DeCrescenzo (donor of Berzon Emerging Writer prize and presenter); Alistair McCartney (THE DISINTEGRATIONS, Ferro-Grumley fiction winner); and Sarah Van Arsdale and Stephen Greco (Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards, Inc.)
Back row: Trent Duffy (Publishing Triangle awards chair); Malaga Baldi (Publishing Triangle Leadership Award winner).

Sarah Schulman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

ss1Sarah Schulman is the 2018 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. She was presented with this prize, which carries an honorarium of $3000, at the 30th annual Triangle Awards, a ceremony at the New School in New York City on April 26, 2018. Linda Villarosa, the director of the journalism program at the City College of New York and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, presented the award to Schulman

Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and AIDS historian. Among her novels are The Cosmopolitans The Child, and Rat Bohemia (winner of the 1996 Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction). Her works of nonfiction include Conflict Is Not Abuse (winner of last year’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction), The Gentrification of the Mind, and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Schulman’s nineteenth book, the novel Maggie Terry, will be published in September 2018 by the Feminist Press.

She is on the advisory boards of Jewish Voice for Peace, Research on the Israeli/American Alliance, and Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute, and she is faculty advisor for Students for Justice in Palestine. Besides her two earlier Publishing Triangle Awards and many other prizes, Schulman has also won a Guggenheim in playwriting, a Fulbright in Judaic studies, and two American Library Association Stonewall Awards. A fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, she is distinguished professor of the humanities at CUNY/College of Staten Island. She also teaches in such non-degree community-based programs as Queer Art Mentorship and Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a female-identified writer in even-numbered years and to a male-identified writer in odd years.

To read Sarah Schulman’s stirring acceptance speech, click here.

Memoirist Sarah Perry Receives Emerging Writer Award

spFor the second time, the Triangle Awards ceremony, held on April 26, 2018 at the New School, saw the presentation of the Publishing Triangle’s emerging writer prize. This year’s honoree was Sarah Perry. In selecting her for the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, the judges said, “Sarah Perry’s personal story is uniquely fascinating and tragic. From that story, she has produced a work of art: a hybrid of literary genres and narrative strategies which compellingly explore history, grief, and sexuality.”
After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search, Sarah Perry’s memoir, was published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Perry holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and was a member of the journal’s nonfiction editorial board. She is the recipient of a writers’ fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. Perry has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon. Her prose has appeared in such publications as Blood & Thunder,, and The Guardian. She lives in Brooklyn.

Teresa DeCrescenzo, the widow of Betty Berzon, presented the award to Perry, who receives $1500.


Literary Agent Malaga Baldi Honored with
Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award

At the Triangle Awards ceremony on April 26, 2018, held at the New School in New York City, the Publishing Triangle presented its special Leadership Award to Malaga Baldi. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to LGBTQ literature by those who are not primarily writers, such as editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.
Malaga Baldi worked in a bookstore, at a publishing house, and for two different agencies before founding her own literary agency in 1986. Since then, the Baldi Agency has established a reputation as an eclectic agency specializing in literary fiction, memoir, and cultural history. She is known for her tireless advocacy for her clients and their books. Among the Baldi Agency’s authors are Kate Bornstein, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Barbara Carrellas, Raymond Coppinger, Patty Dann, Glenn Kurtz, William Mann, and Martin Moran. A first novel she agented—Jazz Moon, by Joe Okonkwo—won the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction last year. Baldi was a founding member of the Publishing Triangle and served on its initial board of directors. She has also served as a judge for various literary prizes. Baldi lives in Manhattan with her wife and their daughter.
For her long-standing commitment to present the best in LGBTQ literature, the Publishing Triangle bestowed this prize on Baldi. Rick Whitaker, another client of her agency and a past finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction (for An Honest Ghost, 2014), presented the award, which includes a prize of $500.

From left: Ferro-Grumley winner Alistair McCartney (THE DISINTEGRATIONS); Leadership Award winner Malaga Baldi; Sarah Van Arsdale and Stephen Greco of Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards, Inc.

Member Publications

The Publishing Triangle celebrates the publications of all our members (individual and corporate) by providing the membership benefit of announcement in our newsletter and on our web site. If you are a member and wish to tell everyone about your new publication, see the template at the bottom of this article. 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe
The Evolution of Love, a novel
Rare Bird Books
May 2018 * ISBN 13: 9781945572838  * $16.95
The Evolution of Love features a tribe of survivors-including a couple of feral
kids, a bonobo researcher, and several activists-who build community in the wake of a devastating earthquake in the Bay Area.
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Lava Falls, stories
University of Wisconsin Press
August 2018
The award-winning stories in Lava Falls feature a cast of queer characters who live at the intersection of wilderness, family, and survival. They address our particular moment in human history when so much is failing us and people are scrabbling for ways to believe in ourselves and our world.
Patrick E. Horrigan
Pennsylvania Station
Lethe Press
April 2018 * 978-1590216361 * $15
While fighting to save New York's grand old Penn Station from being demolished, a cultured, middle-aged architect falls hard for a vibrant but immature gay activist in this psychologically penetrating novel set against the backdrop of the mid-twentieth-century Civil Rights Movement and the burgeoning Historic Preservation Movement.

Michael Lassell
Disney's THE LION KING: Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World
Disney Editions
November 2017 * ISBN-13: 978-1484773765 * $50.00

This is a backstage look at the making of the most successful entertainment phenomenon in history, the stage musical version of THE LION KING-from the first idea for a film in 1989 and the musicalizing of the 1994 animated feature to the Africanized theatrical version, only the third musical ever to have a 20-year consecutive initial run on Broadway. Since it opened in 1997, THE LION KING has earned $7 billion and played to 90 million people in 19 countries. Lots of pictures, of course, of the Broadway and international productions.

Olympus Nights on the Square (Book 2 of the Juliana Series)
Sans Merci Press. 
October 2017 * ISBN: 9780999099506 * $14.95
What if your love was illegal? What would you do? It's 1945. Juliana wants to be a star and she has the singing voice to do it. Alice (Al) is determined to make Juliana into the star she wants to be. The worst thing that could happen to Juliana is to be discovered as gay. The worst thing that could happen to Al is to lose Juliana. Al must guard their secret at all costs.Will the gossip columnists and the new laws destroy them?

Chip Livingston
Owls Don't Have to Mean Death
October 2017 * 1590216393 * $15.00
Owls Don't Have to Mean Death features a college student struggling to piece together gay life with his Creek Indian heritage and learning what it means to love his HIV-positive boyfriend. The novel dramatizes the many unexpected ways that culture influences us even as we make our own claims on the world.

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December 4, 2018: Deadline for Publishing Triangle Awards Submissions.  See the main story to the left for details for nominating books for our various awards categories..