Now Open for Awards Submissions

Submissions are now open for the Publishing Triangle Awards, covering the best LGBTQ books published in calendar year 2021. Deadline is December 7, 2021; the submission fee is $40 per title per category. Please read our guidelines before submitting to any award.

The Publishing Triangle presents ten awards annually, tied to a calendar year. Winners of our 2021 awards, announced on May 12, 2021 and honoring the best books of 2020, can be found here, or by clicking on the name of the award below.

We present seven awards for the best books of the year. They are 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, in conjunction our longtime partner the Ferro-Grumley Foundation, the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. Each of the winners receives $1000.

In addition, we honor one LGBTQ author annually with the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement (a $3000 prize) and we also present the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award ($1500).

Finally, we give out the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award, which honors the contributions of those who are not writers to LGBTQ literature and letters ($500).

For many years, the Robert Chesley Playwriting Awards were also presented at our annual awards ceremony, and for historical purposes we maintain a list of winners.

Information and updates about the awards program can be found in our News section as we calendar through the program cycle each year. If you have questions about the awards program, please email