THE PUBLISHING TRIANGLE
The Association of LGBTQ People in Publishing
in association with
THE FERRO-GRUMLEY LITERARY AWARDS

invites submissions for
The 2021 Publishing Triangle Awards

OVERALL INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS

DEADLINE (for receipt of form): December 7, 2020 / SUBMISSION FEE: $40

  • Books must be published between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. A print edition must be available—titles published only in e-book format are not eligible.
  • All current, dues-paying individual members of the Publishing Triangle may submit 1 book in 1 category for free. If you yourself will not be supplying the books as well, please provide a contact name at the publisher whom we may contact for the requisite number of books.
  • All current, dues-paying corporate members of the Publishing Triangle may enter up to eight (8) submissions for free. (A single book’s submission in 2 categories counts as 2 submissions.) After that, the fee is $40 per additional title.
  • All others must pay an entry fee of $40 per submission. Payment is by check or money order sent to our mailing address; PayPal is also available (see below).
  • For the first time, we are accepting payment via PayPal—our account is linked to publishingtriangle@gmail.com (Those paying this way may send submissions form via email)
  • Submissions from Canada or elsewhere outside the U.S.: contact awards@publishingtriangle.org for special payment instructions, telling us how many books/categories you intend to enter.
  • Entrance fees are due with the submission form; however, if fee must follow, we must receive it by January 11, 2021; if payment is not received by then, the book will be removed from the competition.
  • To join and then submit: Download a membership form from our website and mail in together with your check for your dues. Then use the submission form and submit title(s) for free. Questions about membership? Email membership@publishingtriangle.org.
  • For more information on the eligibility of anthologies, collections of previously published materials, and other special cases, e-mail the coordinator of the specific award at the address listed (see below). Overall questions: email Trent Duffy, the awards chair, at awards@publishingtriangle.com.
  • The decisions of the coordinators and/or judges regarding eligibility are final.
  • Mail the completed submission form and any funds due to: The Publishing Triangle, 511 Avenue of the Americas, #D36, New York, NY 10011. DO NOT MAIL BOOKS TO THIS ADDRESS.
  • After we have received and processed your submission form and payment, the coordinator of each individual award will email you instructions as to where books should be sent. In many categories, some judges, but not all, may prefer to read in e-book format. (note: The mailing of books from submitters and the receipt of books by judges are not governed by the 12/7/20 deadline.)
  • A title submitted in two categories requires an $80 fee.
  • If you are submitting more than one book for consideration, you do not have to send separate checks (i.e., send an $80 check for 2 separate titles, etc.). Nor do you have to send in separate envelopes.

A list of the previous winners is available on our website, here.

Finalists/nominees will be notified in March 2021.

Note: Submission does not equal “nomination”: authors and publishers are requested not to use the latter term on their websites or in any promotional material.

GUIDELINES FOR EACH AWARD

THE FERRO-GRUMLEY AWARD FOR LGBTQ FICTION

Established in 1988, the Ferro-Grumley Award recognizes excellence and experiment in literary fiction. LGBTQ fiction is defined as fiction reflecting or affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer lives.

Anthologies of fiction by a number of writers are eligible, as are books of short stories by a single writer. Reissues of previously published works are usually not eligible.

A book may be submitted for both the Ferro-Grumley Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, or for both Ferro-Grumley and the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature; in either case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.

Questions? Email Stephen Greco at ferrogrumley@earthlink.net, using “Awards” as Subject.

THE EDMUND WHITE AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION

Established in 2006, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction recognizes outstanding first novels or story collections by LGBTQ authors, or by authors of any age whose work contains queer themes.

Authors may have appeared in anthologies or journals before, and they may have published works of nonfiction or poetry; but the book submitted for consideration must be their first book-length work of fiction. Self-published works are eligible, but subsequent reissues by commercial publishers are not eligible (unless publication date is same year as original self-published year).

A book may be submitted for both the Edmund White Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award, or for both White and the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature; in that case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.

Questions? Email Seth Bookey at sethbook@panix.com, using “Awards” as Subject.

THE RANDY SHILTS–JUDY GRAHN AWARDS FOR GAY & LESBIAN NONFICTION

Established in 1997, the Randy Shilts–Judy Grahn Awards are bestowed annually to, respectively, one book that is of most immediate interest to male-identified LGBTQ readers and one that is of most immediate interest to female-identified LGBTQ readers.

“Lesbian nonfiction” is defined as works that are by or about lesbians, bisexual women, and/or trans women, or that have a significant influence on the lives of queer women. “Gay nonfiction” is defined as works that are by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or trans men, or that have a significant influence on the lives of queer men.

Nonfiction anthologies are eligible. If an anthology has a mixture of LGBTQ content, determination of category is based foremost on the subject matter and secondarily on the sexual orientation of the editor(s) of the volume.

We welcome the submission of quality nonfiction with trans or bisexual content. You may submit such a book in Shilts, in Grahn, or in both—or leave it up to us to decide. (The awards coordinator and judges reserve the right to change categories for consideration.)

A book may be submitted for one of these nonfiction awards as well as for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature; in that case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.

Questions? Email Trent Duffy at editorduffy@gmail.com, using “Awards” as Subject.

THE AUDRE LORDE–THOM GUNN AWARDS FOR LESBIAN & GAY POETRY

Established in 2000, these awards recognize excellence in poetry. The Audre Lorde Award is for a book of poems by a lesbian, bisexual woman, or trans woman; the Thom Gunn Award is for a book of poems by a gay man, bisexual man, or trans man.

Books must be published in a standard edition (48 or more pages long) in the United States or Canada. Chapbooks are not eligible. Anthologies are not eligible.

A book may be submitted for one of these poetry awards as well as for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature; in that case, use just one submission form and the entrance fee, covering both categories, is $80.

Questions? Email Carol Rosenfeld at rosenfeldwriter@gmail.com, using “Awards” as Subject.

THE PUBLISHING TRIANGLE AWARD FOR TRANS AND GENDER-VARIANT LITERATURE

Established in 2015 and presented for the first time in the spring of 2016, the Publishing Triangle bestows this award to honor distinguished literary works from the trans and gender-variant community. By “trans and gender-variant” (abbreviated as T/GV hereafter), we include transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and anyone else whose self-definition is gender-variant or non-gender-conforming.

Eligibility: Works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by T/GV writers are eligible (as long as they are first published in English in the U.S. or Canada during calendar year 2020). 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 monograph on an aspect of the trans experience by a non-T/GV scholar).

If desired, works may be submitted in other categories as well as this one: nonfiction to the Grahn/Shilts awards; poetry to the Lorde/Gunn awards; and fiction to the Ferro-Grumley or Edmund White award (see above for details on those awards).

Questions? Please email Carol Rosenfeld at rosenfeldwriter@gmail.com, using “T/GV Award” as Subject.

ALL OF THE ABOVE AWARDS USE THE SAME SUBMISSION FORM

THE BETTY BERZON EMERGING WRITER AWARD

The Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award is granted to an LGBTQ writer who has shown exceptional talent and the potential for continued literary success and significance in the future. This award is intended to honor a writer and that writer’s anticipated future literary success and significance. Thus, the focus of the submission should be on the nominee, rather than the nominee’s individual work(s).

Nominees for the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award must meet these criteria:

  • The nominee must have published at least one but no more than two books, written in the discipline of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Works must be in the English language.
  • The nominee must identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.
  • The nominee must have shown exceptional talent in works written and published during the beginning of their writing career, as well as the potential for continued literary success and significance.

Submission Process

Writers may nominate themselves. Other people may nominate someone, but anyone submitting a nomination is responsible for assembling and submitting the full application.

No one can submit more than 3 nominations.

All submission material must be submitted at the same time, and by the deadline. Incomplete submissions will be rejected, and late submissions will not be considered.

Submissions must include these five elements:

Submission Form

Nomination Letter: A nomination letter of no more than 500 hundred words must include a brief biography of the nominee and a rationale for the nomination. This letter may also include a summary of significant involvement with the LGBTQ community beyond writing, if germane.

Credits: A complete list of the nominee’s publishing credits, including dates and publishers, must accompany the submission. Besides the nominee’s 1–2 books, credits may include the publication of short stories, essays, dramatic works, appearances in anthologies, etc.

Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation of no more than 250 words each from people involved in publishing (writers, editors, publishers, etc.) must accompany the submission. It is helpful but not mandatory that recommendations come from people with experience in LGBTQ writing and publishing.

Payment: A submission fee of $40 to The Publishing Triangle may be done under separate cover, given that, in most cases, submission of items 1-4 is via email. To pay submission fee, see instructions on the submission form.

Questions? Contact Rob Byrnes at byrnesrcj@gmail.com, using “Berzon Award” as subject line.