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Submissions Periods for Awards Has Ended

Submissions have closed for the next round of Publishing Triangle Awards, which will honor the best LGBTQ books published in 2017.


We thank all writers, agents, and publishers who have submitted books, as well as the entrants for the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, for participating in this competition.


If you submitted an entry with payment to come later, a reminder that the deadline for deadline is January 9, 2018. (If there is no payment by then, the book will be removed from the contest.)


Early in March 2018, we will announce a short-list of finalists for these awards: The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction; the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature; the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction; the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.


At that time, we will also announce the winners of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award; and the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award.


The awards will all be presented in a ceremony at the New School in late April 2018.


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Winners of the Publishing Triangle Awards Announced

The 29th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans literature published in 2016, were presented on April 27, 2017, at The Auditorium of the New School (66 West 12 Street, New York City) at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and by HarperCollins, the ceremony was free and open to the public.
The winners of our seven competitive awards are:
The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction: They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by Cathleen Schine (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Finalists for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
Advocate, by Darren Greer (Cormorant Books)
Moonstone by Sjón; translated by Victoria Cribb (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A Thin Bright Line, by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (University of Wisconsin Press)
The Troubleseeker, by Alan Lessik (Chelsea Station Editions)
The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction: Jazz Moon, by Joe Okonkwo (Kensington)
Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Bull and Other Stories, by Kathy Anderson (Autumn House Press)
Hide, by Matthew Griffin (Bloomsbury USA)
An Innocent Fashion, R. J. Hernández (Perennial/HarperCollins)
The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry: Night Sky with Exit Wounds, by Ocean Vuong (Copper Canyon Press)
Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Rapture, by Sjohnna McCray (Graywolf Press)
Thief in the Interior, by Phillip B. Williams (Alice James Books)
Trouble the Water, by Derrick Austin (BOA Editions)
The Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry: Play Dead, by Francine J. Harris (Alice James Books)
Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Bestiary, by Donika Kelly (Graywolf Press)
The Complete Works of Pat Parker, by Pat Parker; edited by Julie R. Enszer (Sinister Wisdom/A Midsummer Night's Press)
Threnody, by Juliet Patterson (Nightboat Books)
The Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant: Even This Page Is White, by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Fiction
Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory, by Qwo-Li Driskill (University of Arizona Press)
Chelate, by Jay Besemer (Brooklyn Arts Press)
A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, by Ma-Nee Chacaby, with Mary Louise Plummer (University of Manitoba Press)
The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian: Conflict Is Not Abuse, by Sarah Schulman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left, by Emily K. Hobson (University of California Press)
Queer Virtue, by Elizabeth M. Edman (Beacon Press)
The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction: How to Survive a Plague, by David France (Alfred A. Knopf)
Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Books for Living, by Will Schwalbe (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Narrow Door, by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf Press)
Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis, by Kevin Mumford (University of North Carolina Press)


(l to r): Leadership Award winner John Scognamiglio, Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction winner David France, Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award winner Chinelo Okparanta, Edmund White Debut Fiction Award winner Joe Okonkwo, Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction winner Sarah Schulman, and Michael Bronski, winner of the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award.

Triangle's First Emerging Writer Award Presented to Chinelo Okparanta

For the first time, at its annual awards ceremony held in New York City on April 27, 2016, the Publishing Triangle presented the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. This prize is for an LGBTQ writer who has published at least one book but not more than two. "The Publishing Triangle is proud to showcase an important emerging LGBTQ writer through the Betty Berzon Award," said Publishing Triangle Chair Carol Rosenfeld. "By recognizing a writer who has shown exceptional talent and the potential for continued literary success and significance, we are furthering our mission to increase awareness of and appreciation for LGBTQ literature."
The inaugural honoree is Chinelo Okparanta. The judges selected her as a "bold new voice," a writer who "possesses the rare gift of being able to make the personal universal. Her stories are by turns heartbreaking and healing, challenging us to think about what makes us who and what we are." Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta received her education at Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has received numerous fellowships, faculty appointments/visiting professorships, and residencies around the United States. She is currently Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing (Fiction) at Bucknell University, where she is also C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Research Fellow. Her debut short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, was cited as an editors' choice in the New York Times Book Review and won the Lambda Literary Award for best lesbian fiction. Her first novel, Under the Udala Trees, was a finalist for last year's Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and went on to win another Lambda Literary Award. Okparanta has published work in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Kenyon Review, AGNI, LitMag, and other venues, and was named one of Granta's six New Voices for 2012.

Teresa DeCrescenzo (right), the widow of Betty Berzon, presented the award to Ms. Okparanta (left), who receives $1500.

Michael Bronski Receives Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement

Michael Bronski is the 2017 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. He received this prize at the Publishing Triangle's annual awards ceremony, held on April 27, 2017, in New York City.

bronski Bronski is an author, professor, and independent scholar. He has been involved in gay liberation as a political organizer, journalist, writer, editor, publisher, and theorist since 1969. In 2003 his Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Anthology. His 2011 book A Queer History of the United States, which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, won another Lambda Literary Award as well as an American Library Association Stonewall Israel Fishman Award. His essays have appeared in more than one hundred anthologies and he has been honored with other awards and numerous fellowships. In addition, Bronski serves as the editor for two series of books at Beacon Press, Queer Ideas and Queer Action. His latest book is Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics, coauthored with Kay Whitlock.  He is Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism in the Studies of Women, Gender, Sexuality at Harvard University.
The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a male-identified writer in odd-numbered years and to a female-identified writer in even-numbered years, and the winner receives $3000. Charlotte Abbott (right), a publishing consultant, and Roz Parr (left) of Penguin Random House presented the award to Mr. Bronski.

John Scognamiglio of Kensington Books Honored with Leadership Award

The Publishing Triangle presented its special Leadership Award to John Scognamiglio at its annual awards ceremony, held in New York City on April 27, 2017. Created in 2002, this prize recognizes contributions to LGBTQ literature by those who are not primarily writers, such as editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.

scon In his time at Kensington Publishing, where he is currently editor in chief, John Scognamiglio has published an impressive assortment of LGBTQ books: commercial fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction. A graduate of New York University, Scognamiglio began his career at Pocket Books. In 1992, he joined Kensington as an editor and was promoted to senior editor in 1993. In 1998 he was promoted to editorial director of fiction, and in 2005 to editor in chief. In February 2017, Kensington announced that Scognamiglio would be launching his own imprint, John Scognamiglio Books, in 2018. Among his authors are New York Times bestsellers Lisa Jackson, Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, and Kevin O'Brien.

The Publishing Triangle bestowing this prize on Scognamiglio in recognition of his long-standing commitment to present the best LGBTQ literature. Paul Dinas, a freelance editor and former colleague at Kensington, presented the award, which includes a prize of $500.

About Betty Berzon

berzonThe Publishing Triangle’s new Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award is given in honor of Dr. Betty Berzon, an author and psychotherapist renowned for her work with the LGBT community. She was among the first psychotherapists to assist gay and lesbian clients. After coming out as a lesbian in 1968, she began providing therapy to gays and lesbians, and in 1971, she helped found the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center as well as an organization of gays and lesbians within the American Psychiatric Association, which declassified homosexuality as a mental illness two years later.
Dr. Berzon’s books included Positively Gay (1979), Permanent Partners (1988), and The Intimacy Dance (1996), as well as the memoir Surviving Madness: A Therapist’s Own Story (2002), which received a Lambda Literary Award. Berzon died in 2006, and is survived by Teresa DeCrescenzo, the founder of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services, whom Berzon met in 1973 and married during the 1993 March on Washington.

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. 

Susan Hawthorne
Dark Matters: A Novel
Spinifex Press, distributed by IPG
October 2017 * ISBN 97819255581089 * $24.95

In a dawn raid, Kate is arrested. She is imprisoned, beaten, kept awake and tortured. She has no idea what has happened to her partner, Mercedes. The uncertainty plagues her. It is as if she has no history. This dark story uncovers the hidden histories of organized violence against lesbians.

Tom Eubanks
Ghosts of St. Vincent's
Tomus Publishing
May 2017 * ISBN: 978-0-69-284642-5 * Paperback $12.99, Kindle $9.99

With honesty, humor, and flights of historical fancy, Ghosts of St. Vincent's tells the story of Greenwich Village's famed hospital through the eyes of a man who spent a winter on its 7th floor AIDS ward and survived just in time for the drug "cocktail" that saved so many lives. Featuring appearances by indomitable icons, from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Robert Mapplethorpe.

Michael Schreiber
One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin
Bruno Gmünder
November 2016 * ISBN: 959850182 * $59.99
One-Man Show, a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, explores the extraordinary life and art of the legendary painter Bernard Perlin (1918-2014) through richly illustrated, no-holds-barred conversations with the artist. “Perlin's life serves as an inspiration of sexual bravery and as an art and social history lesson of the times."  --The Advocate

Joe Cosentino
Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out (the third Cozzi Cove novel)
NineStar Press
January 23, 2017

Sexy Cal Cozzi's seven bungalows at a gay resort on the New Jersey shore are once again open for love. What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?
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