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Holiday Party! Join Us at the Ritz

Join writers, editors, publishers, agents, and other NYC-area LGBT professionals from The Publishing Triangle and Lambda Literary for a party to ring in the holiday season!

We’ll gather at The Ritz Bar & Lounge, 369 West 46th Street (in Manhattan, between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue), for our annual holiday party on Thursday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year the party will be held in the back room on the ground floor, where there will be free hors d’oeuvres, half-price Happy Hour drinks, and a lot of fun.
RSVP by e-mailing us at, using “Holiday Party” as the subject, so we have a rough head count. See you there!

Call for Submissions

The Publishing Triangle is now accepting nominations for its 2019 fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans/GV awards, given for books published between January 1 and December 31, 2019.
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 available here in PDF format (or click here for an RTF version).
The deadline for submissions is December 2, 2019, 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 in PDF format (or click here for an RTF version).
A short-list of finalists will be announced in March 2020, and the awards will be presented during a gala ceremony at the New School in Greenwich Village on Thursday, April 23, 2020.
If you have questions, please write, using “Awards” as subject line.

Nominate a Writer for the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement

We have exciting news about our longest-lasting award, the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, which we will be presenting for the 32nd time. In previous years, the award alternated between a female-identified author and a male-identified author. However, starting now, Whitehead judges will consider authors who identify anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum.
To nominate a candidate for this prize, follow this simple three-step process:
1. Send an e-mail to
2. Title/heading of the e-mail should be “Whitehead Suggestion”
3. The body of the e-mail can just be the name of the writer. There’s no need for elaborate nominations or encomiums.

Another Literary Contest to Enter
Submissions are now being accepted for the 9th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Given by Stanford Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. 

Entries must be received by January 31, 2020. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website.

Publishing Triangle Annouces Best LGBTQ Books of 2018 at 31st Annual Triangle Awards Ceremony

At a ceremony at the New School on April 25, 2019, the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans literature published in 2018 were honored by the Publishing Triangle.

The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction went to Drapetomania by John R. Gordon (Team Angelica).
Eden, by Andrea Kleine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Evolution of Love, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Rare Bird)
A Ladder to the Sky, by John Boyne (Hogarth/Crown)
Tin Man, by Sarah Winman (Putnam)
The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction was presented to The House of Impossible Beauties, by Joseph Cassara (Ecco/HarperCollins).
Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press)
Heartland, by Ana Simo (Restless Books)
That Was Something, by Dan Callahan (Squares and Rebels)
The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry went to Rest, by Margaree Little (Four Way Books).
Autobiography of a Wound, by Brynne Rebele-Henry (University of Pittsburgh Press)
High Ground Coward, by Alicia Mountain (University of Iowa Press)
Mosaic of the Dark, by Lisa Dordal (Black Lawrence Press)
The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry was given to Not Here, by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Coffee House Press).
Cenzontle, by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (BOA Editions)
Forgive the Body This Failure, by Blas Falconer (Four Way Books)
Luminous Debris: New and Selected Legerdemain, 1992-2017, by Timothy Liu (Barrow Street Press)
The Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature was presented to Some Animal, by Ely Shipley (Nightboat Books).
Confessions of the Fox, by Jordy Rosenberg (One World/Random House)
Holy Wild, by Gwen Benaway (Bookthug Press)
The Soul of the Stranger, by Joy Ladin (Brandeis University Press)
The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction went to Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, by Imani Perry (Beacon Press).
Black, Queer, Southern, Women: An Oral History, by E. Patrick Johnson (University of North Carolina Press
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Arsenal Pulp Press)
The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary Canon, by Jaime Harker (University of North Carolina Press)
The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction was given to How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Harvey Milk, by Lillian Faderman (Yale University Press)
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Yale University Press)
Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert W. Fieseler (Liveright/W. W. Norton)
The Publishing Triangle congratulates these writers, as well as their publishers. And it recommends all the winning volumes, along those the finalists, to interested queer readers.
Front row (from left): Margaree Little (winner, Audre Lorde Award), Paul Willis (winner, Leadership Award); Carol Rosenfeld (Publishing Triangle chair); Julian Randall (winner, Betty Berzon Award). Back row: Trent Duffy (Publishing Triangle awards chair); John R. Gordon (winner, Ferro-Grumley Award); Jaime Manrique (winner, Bill Whitehead Award); Stephen Grecro (Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards); Sarah Van Arsdale (Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards); Teresa de Crescenzo (Betty Berzon Award sponsor and presenter).   PHOTO BY TRACY KETCHER

From left: Stephen Greco and Sarah Van Arsdale of the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards; winner John R. Gordon (Drapetomania); presenter Malaga Baldi.  PHOTO BY TRACY KETCHER

Jaime Manrique Wins Lifetime Achievement Prize

Jaime Manrique is the 2019 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. Manrique was presented with this $3000 prize at the 31st annual Triangle Awards, a ceremony at the New School in New York City on April 25, 2019. The novelist Peter Cameron, whose Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You won the Ferro-Grumley Award in 2008, presented the award.

Manrique is a Colombian-born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who writes both in English and Spanish. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Among his publications in English are five novels: Colombian Gold, Latin Moon in Manhattan, Twilight at the Equator, Our Lives Are the Rivers, and Cervantes Street. He has also published the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me. Manrique’s selected poems were published in Spanish in 2016.

Manrique’s honors include Colombia’s National Poetry Award, a 2007 International Latino Book Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught at Columbia University’s MFA program in creative writing and is currently a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York. Manrique’s sixth novel, Like This Afternoon, will be published in June 2019 by Kaylie Jones Books/Akashic Books. He has another new novel in the works, entitled The Rooster from Aracataca.

The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a male-identified writer in odd-numbered years and to a female-identified writer in even years, and the winner receives $3000.

Jaime Manrique (c), winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, flanked by Carol Rosenfeld and Trent Duffy of the Publishing Triangle. PHOTO BY TRACY KETCHER

Julian Randall to Receive Emerging Writer Award

Julian Randall won the Publishing Triangle's Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, presented at the Triangle Awards ceremony, held on April 25, 2019, at the New School in New York City. This award goes to an LGBTQ writer who has published at least one book but not more than two.

In bestowing this award, the judges said, "Although still very early in his career, Julian Randall is already changing the form and accessibility of poetry. From a searing personal journey to find his place in the world, he forces us to assess our own standing, and, perhaps more important, ask the hard questions about the fabric of society itself."

 The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Randall is originally from Chicago. He is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo, BOAAT and the Watering Holes. His poetry has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares and Poetry and anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, Nepantla, and Furious Flower. Randall holds an MFA in Poetry from Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press), won the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Poetry.

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

Teresa deCrescenzo, sponsor of the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Awards, and honoree Julian Randall. PHOTO BY TRACY KETCHER

Leadership Prize Bestowed on Paul Willis of Saints and Sinners

At the Triangle Awards ceremony on April 25, 2019, held at the New School in New York City, the Publishing Triangle presented its Leadership Award to Paul Willis. Created in 2002, this special award recognizes contributions to LGBTQ literature by those who are not primarily writers, such as editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.
  Paul Willis established the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans in 2003. Now in its sixteenth year, the festival has grown into an internationally recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBTQ publishers, writers, and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. Under Willis’s direction, the festival now includes annual contests in short story, poetry, and playwriting, as well as an emerging writer award.

In addition, he integrated Saints and Sinners with the larger Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and serves as the executive director of both these festivals. Through Willis’s leadership, Saints and Sinners is not simply an LGBTQ literary conference but a true community.


From left: Paul Willis, winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award; Publishing Triangle Chair Carol Rosenfeld; and Thomas Keith, who presented the award.  PHOTO BY TRACY KETCHER

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. 

Michael Bronski
A Queer History of the United States for Young People
Beacon Press
June 2019 * ISBN-13: 978-0807056127 *  $18.95
Using letters, drawings, photographs poems and speeches to create engrossing narratives Queer History of the United States for Young People explores how LGBT people - including Charlotte Cushman, Bayard Rustin, Pauli Murray, Silvia Rivera and Harvey Milk - have been integral to shaping American history during the past 400 years. More than 60 illustrations and photos.

Alice Bloch
Mother-Daughter Banquet: A Memoir
Minerva Rising Press
February 2019 * ISBN: 978-0-9990254-8-2 * $15
Diving deep into her specific memories of growing up as a Jewish lesbian in mid-twentieth-century Ohio, Alice Bloch reaches for universal truths about the mother-daughter bond. This compelling memoir untangles the knot of memory and finds the thread of love and reconciliation.


Carlos T Mock, MD
The corner Queen -- La Loca de La Esquina:  A Romance and A revolution
Floricanto Press
July 2018 * ISBN-10: 1723316032 * ISBN-13: 978-1723316036 * 19.95
In 1950 The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party organized a series of uprisings that took place in various Puerto Rican cities on October 30th. The uprisings were suppressed by strong ground and air military force. For most Americans, these events are unknown. For most Puerto Ricans, they are but another blood stain on our path to nationhood. ‘The Corner Queen -- La Loca de la Esquina: A Romance and a Revolution’ narrates the events preceding the revolt -- from March to November of 1950 -- from the point of view of a drag queen who innocently gets involved with Julio, a student revolutionary.

Charlie Bondhus

Divining Bones
Sundress Publications
September 2018 * 978-1939675743/$14
Boys become crones; baked bread becomes a baby; electricity turns out to be Jesus; a first grade class stages Oedipus Rex. At the center of it all stands Baba Yaga, the child-eating forest witch and earth goddess of Russian folklore. Under her tutelage, Charlie Bondhus uses the occult and the magickal to explore the fluidity of age, gender, and self-perception in this radical and playful book.

BL Wilson
Waiting For The Good; Already had the bad
Patchwork Bluez Press
November  2018 * ASIN: 172884214X * $13.99
Can Annabelle deal with the personalities in her home? Can Annabelle teach Ellison how to live with a disability? Will the attraction between Ellison & Annabelle come to fruition? Find out in #LezRom#

To submit information about your new book, e-mail the following information to, putting "Triangle Member Publication" in the subject line:

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020: Publishing Triangle Awards finalists reading, Bureau of General Services—Queer Divisions. Inside the LGBT Community Service Center, 208 West 13 Street, New York, NY 10011. 7 p.m.  Join us for a reading featuring finalists for the Publishing Triangle awards—readers to be announced. Free (optional donation); books by the readers will be available for sale.

Thursday, April 30, 2020: Publishing Triangle Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m. Tischman Auditorium, inside the New School’s building at 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Admission free; reception following the ceremony.