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Update on Publishing Triangle Awards

Submissions for the Publishing Triangle Awards, honoring the best in LGBT fiction, debut fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, are now closed.
In early March 2016 we will announce the finalists in our six competitive categories, as well as the winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The awards ceremony will be held on April 21, 2016, at the New School Auditorium, 66 West 12 Street, New York City, starting at 7 p.m.
If you have submitted a book into the competition and have questions about its status, please write

New Publishing Triangle Residency Award

The writer Anna Sequoia, a longtime member of the Publishing Triangle (and in fact its cochair for a year in the 1990s), has funded a scholarship to enable an author to spend two weeks at the Martha's Vineyard Writers Residency. The Publishing Triangle is delighted to announce that Anna is honoring the Publishing Triangle by naming the award after our group.

The Publishing Triangle residency award will allow an LGBT writer to go Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week period in the spring or fall, with accommodations (but not meals or travel) paid for. The inn where the residency takes place has a fully equipped kitchen for the residents. The months available are April, May, September, and October.
Sequoia has made a commitment to fund this residency for five years. Justen Ahren, the director of the residency, will select the resident to receive the Publishing Triangle residency award, just as he selects all the residents. For more information, see

Sequoia says, “During the period when I was actively publishing nonfiction books, the Triangle let me feel that I wasn't alone and wasn't a freak. I would like to honor the group and its work by naming this residency for the Triangle.”

The board of the Publishing Triangle is grateful to Anna Sequoia for this honor.

Introducing Our Newest Award, in Trans/GV Literature

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Publishing Triangle is gearing up to award a new prize, honoring distinguished literary works from the trans and gender-variant community. By “trans and gender-variant” (T/GV), we include transgender, genderqueer, non-binary and anyone else whose self-definition is non-gender-conforming.

Works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by T/GV writers are eligible (as long as they are first published in the U.S. or Canada during calendar year 2015). Also eligible are nonfiction works that are primarily about the T/GV experience and which are written or co-written by cis people (for instance, a memoir by the partner of a trans person, or a serious study of the trans experience by a cis scholar).
The winner of the award will receive a prize of $1000.

Works submitted for this award may also be submitted for consideration for another Triangle Literary prize—for instance, a novel can also be submitted for the Ferro-Grumley Prize.
For more information on this award, see our website.

Nominate a Great Writer for Our Lifetime Achievement Award!

This coming spring, the Publishing Triangle will bestow the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement for the 28th time.  We accept suggestions from all quarters, and a specially chosen panel of judges will then select a winner, to be announced at our April 2016 awards ceremony.

This year we will be giving the award to a female-identified writer, in accordance with our tradition of alternating winners. To nominate someone, follow this simple process:
--Send an e-mail to
--The title/heading of the e-mail should be “Whitehead Suggestion.”
--The body of the e-mail should just be the name of the (female) writer. There’s no need for elaborate nominations or encomiums.

Note that we will be unable to acknowledge your suggestion individually—but we thank you in advance if you make one. For more information on the Bill Whitehead Award, which carries a cash prize of $3000, see the awards page on our website.

Two Great Opportunities for Writers

The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books. The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intentions of William Saroyan—author, artist, dramatist, composer—and is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures. There is one prize for fiction and one for nonfiction. Submissions are now open, with a deadline of January 29, 2016. For more information, visit

Meanwhile, authors curious about the publishing scene in Cuba will want to know about an 8-day trip there for writers, from May 10 to 18, 2016. Sponsored by the Cuba Writers Program, this unique opportunity will offer professional-level workshops, as well as a chance to commune with Cuban writers and artists. The daily, multi-genre workshops—one led by Alden Jones, a finalist for the Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction for her collection Unaccompanied Minors, and one led by Ann Hood—will combine with ethical travel in Havana and the island's interior for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Find out more at:  Note that admission is on a rolling basis— when it's full, it's full!

Winners Announced for Best LGBT Fiction, Debut Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry Published in 2014

The Ferro-Grumley Award for lesbian and gay fiction was established in 1988 to recognize, promote excellence in, and give greater access to fiction writing from lesbian and gay points of view. The award, which has widened to embrace bisexuals and the transgendered, honors the memory of authors Robert Ferro (The Blue Star, Second Son) and Michael Grumley (Life Drawing), life partners who died that year of AIDS, within weeks of each other.

Winner: Mr. Loverman, by Bernardine Evaristo (Akashic Books)

Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

All I Love and Know, by Judith Frank (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

I Loved You More, by Tom Spanbauer (Hawthorne Books)
Sideways Down the Sky
, by Barry Brennessel (MLR Press)
When Everything Feels Like the Movies, by Raziel Reid (Arsenal Pulp Press)

The Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction was first presented in 2006. This prize highlights the Publishing Triangle’s ongoing commitment to emerging LGBT talent.

Winner: For Today I Am a Boy, by Kim Fu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Little Reef and Other Stories, by Michael Carroll (University of Wisconsin Press)

New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, by Shelly Oria (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Unaccompanied Minors, by Alden Jones (New American Press)

The Publishing Triangle began giving the Shilts-Grahn awards for nonfiction in 1997. The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction honors the American writer, cultural theorist and activist (b. 1940) best known for  Another Mother Tongue. It recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about lesbians, bisexual women, and/or transwomen, or that has a significant influence upon the lives of queer women.

Winner: Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: 40 Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, by Barbara Smith; edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Press)

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
A Cup of Water Under My Bed, by Daisy Hernandez (Beacon Press)

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, by Kelly Cogswell (University of Minnesota Press)

The End of Eve, by Ariel Gore (Hawthorne Books)

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction honors the journalist whose groundbreaking reporting on the AIDS epidemic for the San Francisco Chronicle made him a hero to many in the community. This award recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or transmen or that has a significant influence upon the lives of queer men. 

Winner: Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity, by Robert Beachy (Alfred A. Knopf)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

Hold Tight Gently, by Martin Duberman (The New Press)

The Prince of Los Cocuyos, by Richard Blanco (Ecco/HarperCollins)

Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, by Philip Gefter (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

The Publishing Triangle established its poetry awards in 2001. The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry honors the author of The Man with Night Sweats (1992), Boss Cupid (2000; the winner of the very first Triangle Award for Gay Male Poetry), and other works. This award was renamed in his honor in 2005.

Winner: Last Psalm at Sea Level, by Meg Day (Barrow Street Press)

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

How a Mirage Works, by Beverly Burch (Sixteen Rivers Press)

Like a Beggar, by Ellen Bass (Copper Canyon Press)

Tiger Heron, by Robin Becker (University of Pittsburgh Press)

The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry honors the American poet, essayist, librarian, and teacher. She received the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement shortly before her death. Among her other sixteen books are Zami (1982) and A Burst of Light (1989).

Winner: The New Testament, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
I Don’t Know Do You
, by Roberto Montes (Ampersand Books)

Prelude to Bruise, by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press)

The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Bilingual Edition, edited and translated by Stephen Sartarelli (University of Chicago Press)



Rigoberto González Receives
Bill Whitehead Award


RigobertoRigoberto González is the 2015 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. This honor, which carries the largest cash prize in LGBT letters, will be presented at our awards ceremony on April 23, 2015, in New York City.

Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry—most recently, Unpeopled Eden, which was a finalist last year for the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His ten books of prose comprise two bilingual children’s books; the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series; the novel Crossing Vines; the story collection Men Without Bliss; and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction and received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

González has also edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and a volume of the poet Alurista’s work, Xicano Duende. He is the recipient of, among others, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award.

González is contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, sits on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is professor of English at Rutgers–Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a man in odd-numbered years and to a woman in even years, and the winner receives $3000.


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Our LGBT Reading List
Do you love LGBT literature and want to know what to read next? Well, then you've landed on the right web page. The Publishing Triangle asked two distinguished panels of judges to come up with The 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels and The 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Nonfiction Books of all time.

We also asked fourteen lesbian book reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and/or authors to name the Most Notable Lesbian Books of 2004.

Also be sure to check out new publications by Publishing Triangle members and books that won 2004 Publishing Triangle Awards.

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The Publishing Triangle is a not-for-profit organization that relies on its members and friends to volunteer their services. We could use help with event planning, fund raising, the web site, and coordinating many other activities. If you would like to volunteer, send an e-mail to Volunteer Coordinator with "Publishing Triangle" in the subject line.

For information on lesbian and gay publishing events, visit our Events Calendar page.

April 21, 2016, Join us for the Publishing Triangle's Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the New School Auditorium, 66, West 12th Street, New York, NY, starting at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow.