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Submissions for nominations for all awards are now open for all LGBT books published in the United States or Canada in 2014. Nominations will be accepted now through December 9, 2014. For instructions on submitting nominations for each award, visit our submissions page, or get  downloadable copy of our instructions for submitting nominations. Click on the following links for a copy of the submission form in either Word or PDF formats.

The awards comprise the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction; the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; and the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction and Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction.

Our awards program is made possible by generous donors and by our members--and we thank them. For information on membership and links to the membership form, click here.

In the meantime, for a recap of the awards that were presented on April 24, 2014, covering books published in 2013, please click here--you'll see all the winners, as well as the other finalists.

    The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement
    Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
    Randy Shilts Award for Gay 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 Leadership Award
    The Ferro-Grumley Awards
    The Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting

    The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement

    The Publishing Triangle began honoring a gay or lesbian writer for his or her body of work a few months after it was founded in 1989.

    The Bill Whitehead Award honors a legendary editor; Bill Whitehead was the editor-in-chief at E. P. Dutton in the early 1980s and ended his career at Macmillan. He worked with such gay and lesbian writers as Edmund White, Robert Ferro, and Doris Grumbach, and with Anne Rice (writing as A. N. Roquelaure) and Lana Turner, among others. He died of AIDS in 1987.

    The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a woman in even-numbered years and a man in odd years. Members of the Publishing Triangle nominate both the judges and candidates for the award. The winner receives $3,000.

    The winners thus far have been:

      2014 — Maria Irene Fornes
      2013 — John D'Emilio
      2012 — Alison Bechdel
      2011 — Alan Hollinghurst
      2010 — Blanche Wiesen Cook
      2009 — Martin Duberman
      2008 — Katherine Forrest
      2007 — Andrew Holleran
      2006 — Karla Jay
      2005 — Edward Field
      2004 — Lillian Faderman
      2003 — Christopher Bram
      2002 — Jane Rule
      2001 — Michael Nava
      2000 — Doris Grumbach
      1999 — John Rechy
      1998 — M. E. Kerr
      1997 — Armistead Maupin
      1996 — Joan Nestle
      1995 — Jonathan Ned Katz
      1994 — Judy Grahn
      1993 — Samuel R. Delany
      1992 — Audre Lorde
      1991 — James Purdy
      1990 — Adrienne Rich
      1989 — Edmund White

    Nonfiction Awards

    The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction and The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

    The Publishing Triangle began giving awards for nonfiction in 1997. Each award is for books published in the preceding year in the United States or Canada (i.e., the 2008 awards below honored books published in 2007).

    The Judy Grahn Award honors the American writer, cultural theorist and activist (b. 1940) best known for The Common Woman (1969) and Another Mother Tongue (rev. ed., 1984). It recognizes works that are by or about lesbians, bisexual women, and/or transwomen, or that have a significant influence upon he lives of queer women.

    The Randy Shilts Award honors the journalist whose groundbreaking work on the AIDS epidemic for the San Francisco Chronicle made him a hero to many in the community. Shilts (1951-1994) was the author of The Mayor of Castro Street, And the Band Played On, and Conduct Unbecoming.This award recognizes works that are by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or transmen, or that have a signifcant influence upon the lives of queer men.

    Publishers and others may nominate candidates for these awards using a submission form posted on our website each autumn, for an entry fee of $35.00. Individual members of the Publishing Triangle may nominate one book for free; corporate members may nominate an unlimited amount of books for free. The finalists and the winners are determined by a panel of judges appointed by the Publishing Triangle's awards committee. The winners each receive $1,000.

    Past winners are:

      Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

      2013 — Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother?
      2012 — Jeanne Córdova, When We Were Outlaws
      2011 — Barbara Hammer, Hammer!
      2010 — Rebecca Brown, American Romances
      2009 — Andrea Weiss, In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain
      2008 — Janet Malcolm, Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice
      2007 — Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
      2006 — Tania Katan, My One-Night Stand with Cancer
      2005 — Alison Smith, Name All the Animals
      2004 — Lillian Faderman, Naked in the Promised Land
      2003 — Terry Wolverton, Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman's Building
      2002 — Laura L. Doan, Fashioning Sapphism
      2001 — Amber Hollibaugh, My Dangerous Desires
      2000 — Hilary Lapsley, Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict: The Kinship of Women
      1999 — Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity
      1998 — Margot Peters, May Sarton: A Biography
      1997 — Bernadette Brooten, Love Between Women

      Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

      2013 — Christopher Bram, Eminent Outlaws
      2012 — Mark D. Jordan, Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk About Homosexuality
      2011 Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward
      2010 — James Davidson, The Greeks and Greek Love
      2009 — Kai Wright, Drifting Toward Love
      2008 — Michael Rowe, Other Men's Sons
      2007 — Kenji Yoshino, Covering
      2006 — Martin Moran, The Tricky Part
      2005 — David K. Johnson, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
      2004 — John D'Emilio, Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
      2003 — Neil Miller, Sex Crime Panic
      2002 — [tie] Ricardo J. Brown, The Evening Crowd at Kirmser's; and Robert Reid-Pharr, Black Gay Man
      2001 — Mark Matousek, Lost Father
      2000 — Eric Brandt, Dangerous Liaisons: Blacks, Gays and the Struggle for Equality
      1999 — John Loughery, The Other Side of Silence
      1998 — David Sedaris, Naked
      1997 — Anthony Heilbut, Thomas Mann

    Poetry Awards

    The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry and The Thom Gunn for Gay Poetry

    The Publishing Triangle instituted its poetry awards 2001. Each award is for books published in the preceding year in the United States or Canada (i.e., the 2009 awards honored books published in 2008).

    The Audre Lorde Award honors the American poet, essayist, librarian, and teacher. Lorde (1934-1992) was nominated for the National Book Award for From a Land Where Other People Live and was the poet laureate of New York State in 1991. 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).

    The Thom Gunn Award honors Thom Gunn (1929-2004), who was the author of The Man with Night Sweats (1992) and many other acclaimed volumes. Gunn, who was born in Kent, England, lived in San Francisco from 1960 until his death. (In its first four years, including the year Mr. Gunn himself won, this award was known as the Triangle Award for Gay Poetry.)

    Publishers and others may nominate candidates for these awards using a submission form posted on our website each autumn, for an entry fee of $35.00. Individual members of the Publishing Triangle may nominate one book for free. The finalists and the winners are determined by a panel of judges appointed by the Publishing Triangle's awards committee. The winners each receive $500.

    Past winners are:

      The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

      2013 — Rachel Rose, Song and Spectacle
      2012 — Minnie Bruce Pratt, Inside the Money Machine
      2011 — Jen Currin, The Inquisition Yours
      2010 — Stacie Cassarino, Zero at the Bone
      2009 — Elizabeth Bradfield, Interpretative Work
      2008 — Joan Larkin, My Body
      2007 — Jennifer Rose, Hometown for an Hour
      2006 — Jane Miller, A Palace of Pearls
      2005 — Maureen Seaton, Venus Examines Her Breast
      2004 — Daphne Gottlieb, Final Girl
      2003 — Melanie Braverman, Red
      2002 — Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, Mr. Bluebird
      2001 — Marilyn Hacker, Squares and Courtyards

      The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

      2013 — Richard Blanco, Looking for the Gulf Motel
      2012 — Henri Cole, Touch
      2011 — Michael Walsh, The Dirt Riddles
      2010 — Ronaldo V. Wilson, Poems of the Black Object
      2009 — Ely Shipley, Boy with Flower
      2008 — [tie] Steve Fellner, Blind Date with Cavafy; and Daniel Hall, Under Sleep
      2007 — Justin Chin, Gutted
      2006 — Richard Siken, Crush
      2005 — Carl Phillips, The Rest of Love
      2004 — Brian Teare, The Room Where I Was Born
      2003 — Greg Hewett, Red Suburb
      2002 — Mark Doty, Source
      2001 — Thom Gunn, Boss Cupid

    The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

    Inaugurated in May 2006, this award recognizes outstanding first novels or story collections by LGBT authors. It is unique among the Triangle Literary Awards, in that women and men compete in the same category. The award is open to first-book authors of any age whose work contains queer themes. Writers can have published works of nonfiction, and their short fiction can have previously appeared in a published anthology. The book nominated must be the author's first work of book-length fiction.

    This award honors the distinguished Edmund White, who won the very first Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1990. White is the author, among many other works, of A Boy's Own Story, States of Desire, A Married Man, Fanny, and Arts and Letters. The winner receives $1,000.

    Past winners are:

      2013 — Lysley Tenorio, Monstress
      2012 — Lara Fergus, My Sister Chaos
      2011 — Katharine Beutner, Alcestis
      2010 — Lori Ostlund, The Bigness of the World
      2009 — Evan Fallenberg, Light Fell
      2008 — Myriam Gurba, Dahlia Season
      2007 — Martin Hyatt, A Scarecrow's Bible
      2006 — Mack Friedman, Setting the Lawn on Fire

    The Publishing Triangle Leadership Award

    The Publishing Triangle is proud to honor the best and brightest writers working today. Other people, as well as institutions, contribute to the health, vibrancy, and prestige of LBGT literature. In that light, the Publishing Triangle's Leadership Award puts the spotlight on the contribution of editors, literary agents, and others who have worked tirelessly to see that great books reach avid readers.

    Past winners are:

      2014 — Sinister Wisdom magazine
      2013 — Ira Silverberg
      2012 — Frances Goldin
      2011 — Gay and Lesbian Review
      2010 — Michele Karlsberg
      2009 — Carole DeSanti
      2008 — Carol Seajay and Richard Labonte
      2007 — Nancy Bereano
      2006 — Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop
      2005 — Lesbian Herstory Archives
      2004 — Barbara Gittings
      2003 — Jed Mattes
      2002 — Michael Denneny

    The Ferro–Grumley Awards

    The Ferro–Grumley Awards were first awarded in 1990. They are made possible by the estates of novelists and lovers Robert Ferro (The Family of Max Desir) and Michael Grumley (Life Studies) and are funded and administered by the Ferro–Grumley Foundation, headed by Stephen Greco.

    The Publishing Triangle is proud to have been associated with the Ferro–Grumley Awards since 1994.

    The purpose of these awards is to honor culture-driving fiction from LGBT points of view. Through 2008, two awards have been given each year, in the categories of "women" and "men," to the authors of the most significant novels and collections and short stories. Going forward, the structure of the awards are being modified to honor one book per year, irrespective of gender.

    Each award listed is for a book published in the preceding year in the United States or Canada (i.e., the 2008 awards honored books published in 2007). Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards, Inc., and the Publishing Triangle have collaborated in soliciting submissions for awards and in hosting an awards ceremony since 1994. Publishers and others may nominate candidates for the award using a submission form posted on the Publishing Triangle website each autumn, for an entry fee of $35.00. Individual members of the Publishing Triangle may nominate one book for free. The finalists and the winners are determined by a panel of judges appointed by the Ferro-Grumley Foundation. Winners receive $1000.

    Past winners are:

      The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

      2013 — Trebor Healey, A Horse Named Sorrow
      2012 — Paul Russell, The Unreal Life of Sergei Nabakov
      2011 — Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You
      2010 — Sebastian Stuart, The Hour Between
      2009 — Alison Bechdel, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

      The Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction

      2008 — Ali Liebegott, The IHOP Papers
      2007 — Lisa Carey, Every Visible Thing
      2006 — Patricia Grossman, Brian in Three Seasons
      2005 — Stacey D'Erasmo, A Seahorse Year
      2004 — Nina Revoyr, Southland
      2003 — Carol Anshaw, Lucky in the Corner
      2002 — Emma Donoghue, Slammerkin
      2001 — Sarah Waters, Affinity
      2000 — Judy Doenges, What She Left Me
      1999 — Patricia Powell, The Pagoda
      1998 — Elana Dykewoman, Beyond the Pale
      1997 — Persimmon Blackbridge, Sunnybrook
      1996 — Sarah Schulman, Rat Bohemia
      1995 — Heather Lewis, House Rules
      1994 — Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body
      1993 — Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina
      1992 — Blanche McCrary Boyd, The Revolution of Little Girls
      1991 — Cherry Muhanji, Her
      1990 — Ruthann Robson, Eye of the Hurricane

      The Ferro-Grumley Award for Gay Fiction

      2008 — Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
      2007 — Christopher Bram, Exiles in America
      2006 — Barry McCrea, The First Verse
      2005 — Adam Berlin, Belmondo Style
      2004 — Trebor Healey, Through It Came Bright Colors
      2003 — Jamie O'Neill, At Swim Two Boys
      2002 — David Ebershoff, The Rose City
      2001 — Edmund White, The Married Man
      2000 — Paul Russell, The Coming Storm
      1999 — Michael Cunningham, The Hours
      1998 — Colm Toibin, The Story of the Night
      1997 — Andrew Holleran, The Beauty of Men
      1996 — Felice Picano, Like People in History
      1995 — Mark Merlis, American Studies
      1994 — John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [nonfiction]
      1993 — Randall Kenan, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
      1992 — Melvin Dixon, Vanishing Rooms
      1991 — Allen Barnett, The Body and Its Dangers
      1990 — Dennis Cooper, Closer

    The Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting

    The Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting honors the memory of playwright Robert Chesley. For many years, these awards were presented at our awards ceremony.

    The Chesley Foundation has taken its awards program in another direction, one that does not involve a public presentation. For more information about the foundation, and its awards, please contact Victor Bumbalo.

    Past winners are:

      2007 — Eric Bentley, Chris Weikel
      2006 — Kathleen Warnock, Megan Terry
      2005 — Michael Kearns, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
      2004 — Rebecca Ranson, Jane Shepard
      2003 — H.M. Koutoukas, Rev. Alvin Carmines Jr.
      2002 — Christopher Shinn, Shelia Callaghan
      2001 — Maria Irene Fornes
      2000 — Jeff Weiss
      1999 — Madeleine Olnek
      1998 — Chay Yew
      1997 — Paula Vogel
      1996 — Robert Patrick, Susan Miller
      1995 — Victor Lodato
      1994 — Lisa Kron, Doric Wilson