2013 Awards Guidelines
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE
26TH ANNUAL LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS
These guidelines focus on determining a book’s eligibility for the Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys), the process of submitting a book for Lammy consideration, the parameters of the categories, and an approximate timeline for the awards cycle.
Books submitted for consideration in this Lammy cycle must be published between January 1 and December 31, 2013. It is very important that you read through the Guidelines carefully to ensure that your book is eligible for consideration and that you are submitting it to the proper Lammy category. The Lambda Literary Foundation is not responsible for reassigning submissions to the correct categories or for refunding submission fees for ineligible or improperly submitted books.
If you have any questions about the submission process that are not answered in these Guidelines, please contact the Awards Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org before you submit your work.
- The Lammy submission period runs from September 3, 2013 to December 1, 2013.
- If your book will be published between December 1 and December 31, 2013, you should request an extension at email@example.com before the December 1 deadline.
- A shortlist of finalists in each category will be announced by March 17, 2014.
- Winners will be announced at the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony [date, time, and location to be announced by January 31, 2014].
- Lambda Literary Award submissions are judged principally on literary merit and content relevant to Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) lives.
- Lambda Literary Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity unless otherwise noted. (For example, the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, and the Pioneer Award each mark the stages of an individual LGBT writer’s career.)
- To be eligible for this Lammy cycle, a book must be published in print form between January 1 and December 31, 2013. The book must also be distributed (i.e., available in bookstores or online) in the United States during 2013.
- Self-published books are eligible.
- Reprints of books that were published in the United States in previous years are not eligible. This includes second (or later) editions, books that have been republished by a different publisher, and books that are modified versions of previously published works.
- First U.S. editions of books published outside the U.S. before 2013 are eligible if the original edition was not submitted for Lammy consideration in a previous year.
- Books must be published in English.
- Translations from other languages are eligible.
- First print editions of books previously published on-line or in e-book format are eligible provided they have not been revised from the original electronic publication that was offered for sale.
- First print editions of books previously published on-line or in e-book format are eligible only in the same calendar year as the eBook publication date.
- Books available in eBook format alone are not eligible.
- The on-line submission process will be open from September 3 to December 1, 2013.
- The on-line submission form is available at 26th Annual Award Submission Page.
- Please read through the Award Categories carefully before submitting your book(s). The person who fills out the submission form (author, publisher, publicist, etc.) is entirely responsible for entering the book into the proper category.
- If you have questions about which category best fits your book, please e-mail the Awards Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org before you submit the book.
- If you wish to submit multiple books, you may choose to download the Submission spreadsheet (Excel) and email the completed spreadsheet to email@example.com.
- After you have submitted your books, complete the process by paying the submission fee of $40 per book via our online donation system or by check. Checks should be made out to “Lambda Literary Foundation,” and include the book’s title in the MEMO field.
- Send 5 copies of each submitted book to
Lambda Literary Foundation
5482 Wilshire Blvd #1595
Los Angeles, CA 90036
- Shipments of books published before December 1 must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2013.
- Authors or publishers of books released in December should contact the awards administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) before December 1 to request an extension.
- Books published after December 31, 2013 are not eligible for this cycle of the Lammys
- Electronic versions of books (PDFs) are not accepted.
- A book may be submitted to only one category.
- If a category receives fewer than ten (10) submissions, the category will not be active in this awards cycle. The submitted books may be reassigned to another category, if appropriate. If the book cannot compete in another category, the submission fee will be refunded.
LESBIAN and GAY CATEGORIES
LESBIAN: Books eligible for this category feature a prominent lesbian character or contain content of strong significance to lesbian lives.
GAY: Books eligible for this category feature a prominent gay male character or contain content of strong significance to gay male lives.
Anthologies, novels, novellas, graphic novels, memoirs, and short story collections whose content is principally of an erotic nature.
Gay General Fiction
Lesbian General Fiction
Literary fiction that does not fit more precisely into a specific genre category (for example, Erotica, Romance, Speculative Fiction, or Mystery). Novels, novellas, and short story collections by a single author are eligible; anthologies are not.
Biographies, memoirs, autobiographies, and works of creative non-fiction by or about lesbians and gay men or with content of strong significance to gay and lesbian lives. Posthumously published works and or those with co-authors are eligible; anthologies are not.
Novels, novellas, and short story collections in which a crime, or a series of crimes, is an integral part of the story are all eligible; anthologies are not. Category includes a wide range of crime fiction subgenres including police procedurals, political/legal/medical thrillers, cozys, and hard-boiled detective stories.
Single volumes, collected poems, and anthologies are eligible; chapbooks are not. Updated editions of previously published works are not eligible unless at least 50% of the poetry (not the supplemental text) is new.
Novels, novellas, and short story collections that focus on a central love relationship between two or more characters are eligible; anthologies are not. Category includes a broad range of subgenres including traditional, historical, gothic, Regency, and paranormal romance.
These categories are non-gender-specific works containing material of strong significance to members of the LGBT community.
Collections of fiction and/or nonfiction are eligible. If at least 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction anthologies are submitted, the Lambda Literary foundation will award both a fiction and a non-fiction Lammy in this category.
LGBT Children’s/Young Adult
Individual works and collections of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry whose intended audience is young readers are all eligible; anthologies are not.
LGBT Debut Fiction
Literary fiction by authors who have not previously published a book of fiction. Authors whose work has appeared in anthologies are eligible as long as they have not published a book of fiction identified as theirs alone. Novels, novellas, and short story collections are eligible; anthologies are not.
Plays and other theatrical works and performance pieces that have been published in book or script form during 2013. Collections from a single author are eligible; anthologies featuring multiple authors are not.
LGBT Graphic Novels
Graphic novels are any work—fiction or nonfiction—that uses a combination of words and sequential art to convey a narrative and is published in book form (as distinguished from periodical comic books). Open to any genre or topic this category includes graphic novels, graphic memoirs and comic anthologies. May include historical, genre fiction (such as sci/fi, horror, romance or mystery), erotica, humor, parenting, gender studies, sex education, psychology or any other style of fiction or nonfiction. Comic books, periodicals and web-only content not eligible.
LGBT-themed works for general readers as opposed to those targeted to scholarly audiences (for example, LGBT/Queer/Gender Studies programs). Includes, but is not limited to, law, history, politics, spirituality, humor, parenting, relationships, psychology, travel, and photography. (Please see the LGBT Studies Category below for comparison and contact the Lammy administrator at email@example.com if you have any questions about where to submit your work).
LGBT Speculative Fiction
Includes science fiction, horror, fantasy, and related genres. Novels, novellas, and short story collections are eligible; anthologies are not.
Scholarly work focusing on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, and oriented toward academia, libraries, cultural professionals, and the more academic reader. Generally, but not exclusively, published by university presses. (Please see LGBT Non-Fiction Category above for comparison and contact the Lammy administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about where to submit your work).
BISEXUAL and TRANSGENDER CATEGORIES
These categories are non-gender specific works containing material of strong significance to members of the Bisexual and Transgender communities. If the Bisexual category receives ten (10) submissions of fiction and ten (10) submissions of nonfiction, the category will be separated into Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Nonfiction. If not, a single Lammy for Bisexual Literature will be awarded. If the Trans category receives ten (10) submissions of fiction and ten (10) submissions of nonfiction, the category will be separated into Trans Fiction and Trans Nonfiction. If not, a single Lammy for Transgender Literature will be awarded.
Novels, novellas, short story collections, and anthologies with prominent bisexual/transgender characters and/or content of strong significance to the bisexual/transgender communities. May include historical novels, graphic novels, cross-genre works of fiction, humor, and other styles of fiction.
Non-fiction works with content of strong significance to members of the bisexual/transgender communities. Includes a wide range of subjects for the general or academic reader (e.g., history, memoirs, cultural studies, public policy, law, politics, poetry, community organizations, humor, spirituality, gender studies, parenting, religion, spirituality, relationships, psychology, travel).
LGBT AUTHOR AWARDS
Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award
The Emerging Writer Award will be presented annually at the Lambda Literary Award ceremony. The award, made possible by Teresa DeCrescenzo, consists of two cash prizes of $1000. The awards will be presented to two LGBT-identified authors. Age is not a determining factor. The award will recognize LGBT content of importance to the LGBT community and with emergent LGBT authors who have written and published up to two books (fiction or nonfiction), or substantial additional literary work such as short stories and essays. A panel will be created to identify candidates and winners. Recommended winners will be reviewed by the Staff and Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation
Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize
The Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize will be presented annually at the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony. The award, made possible by James Duggins, PhD, consists of two cash prizes of $5000. The awards will be presented to two LGBT-identified authors. Age is not a determining factor. The award will recognize LGBT content of importance to the LGBT community and with emergent LGBT authors who have written and published at least three novels, or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, and essays. A panel (or panels) will be created to identify candidates and winners. Recommended winners will be reviewed by the Staff and Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.
At least one Pioneer Award will be given each year to a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual. Age is not a determining factor. The award will recognize LGBT authors who have made a significant contribution to LGBT literature and/or the lives of LGBT people. The LLF Board of Trustees will determine the recipient.