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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE
27TH 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.
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. Lambda Literary 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.
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2014 AWARDS CATEGORIES
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 such as 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 by a single author 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, Lambda Literary 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 (as opposed to genre 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 2014. Collections from a single author are eligible; anthologies featuring multiple authors are not.
LGBT Graphic Novels
Book-length works of fiction or non-fiction that use a combination of words and sequential art to convey a narrative are eligible, including novels, short story collections and graphic memoirs. Comic books, periodicals and web-only content are not eligible.
LGBT-themed works for general readers as opposed to those targeted primarily 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 community. 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).
Non-academic, non-fiction works with content of strong significance to members of the transgender community. Includes a wide range of subjects for the general reader (e.g., history, memoirs, public policy, law, politics, poetry, community organizations, humor, spirituality, parenting, religion, spirituality, relationships, travel).
LGBT AUTHOR AWARDS
Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award
The Emerging Writer Award is presented annually at the Lambda Literary Award ceremony. The award, made possible by Teresa DeCrescenzo, consists of two cash prizes of $1000 each. The awards are presented to two LGBT-identified authors who have written and published up to two books (fiction or nonfiction) containing significant LGBT content, or other substantial additional literary work such as short stories and essays. Age is not a determining factor.
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 each. The awards are presented to two LGBT-identified authors who have written and published at least three novels containing significant LGBT content, or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, and essays. Age is not a determining factor.
The Pioneer Award is given to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals who have made a significant contribution to LGBT literature and/or the lives of LGBT people.Age is not a determining factor.