November 27, 2014

2014 Awards Guidelines

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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 awards@lambdaliterary.org before you submit your work.

TIMELINES

  • Books submitted for consideration in this Lammy cycle must be published between January 1 and December 31, 2014.
  • The Lammy submission period runs from August 21 to December 1, 2014.
  • If your book will be published between December 1 and December 31, 2014, you must request an extension at awards@lambdaliterary.org before the December 1 deadline.
  • A shortlist of finalists in each category will be announced by early March 2015.
  • Winners will be announced at the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony in early June 2015 (date, venue TBA).

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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, 2014. The book must also be distributed (i.e., available in bookstores or online) in the United States during 2014.
  • Self-published books are eligible.
  • Books available in e-Book format alone are not 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.
  • 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 2014 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.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

  • The on-line submission process will be open from August 21 to December 1, 2014.
  • The on-line submission form is available at 27th Annual Award Submission Page.
  • Please carefully read through the Award Categories below 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 awards@lambdaliterary.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 admin@lambdaliterary.org.
  • After you have submitted your books, complete the process by paying the submission fee of $45 per book via our online payment system or by check (publishers submitting 11 or more books pay $40 per submission). Checks should be made out to “Lambda Literary,” and include the book’s title in the MEMO field.
  • Send 5 copies of each submitted book to

Lambda Literary

5482 Wilshire Blvd #1595

Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • Shipments of books published before December 1 must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2014.
  • Authors or publishers of books released in December should contact the awards administrator (awards@lambdaliterary.org) before December 1 to request an extension.
  • Books published after December 31, 2014 are not eligible for this cycle of the Lammys.
  • Electronic versions of books (PDFs) are not accepted.

2014 AWARDS CATEGORIES

General Information

  • 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 then 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.

Gay Erotica

Lesbian Erotica

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.

Gay Memoir/Biography

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

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.

Gay Mystery/Suspense

Lesbian Mystery/Suspense

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.

Gay Poetry

Lesbian Poetry

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.

Gay Romance

Lesbian Romance

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.

LGBT CATEGORIES

These categories are non-gender-specific works containing material of strong significance to members of the LGBT community.

LGBT Anthology

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.

LGBT Drama

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 Nonfiction

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 awards@lambdaliterary.org 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.

LGBT Studies

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 awards@lambdaliterary.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.

Bisexual Fiction

Transgender Fiction

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.

Bisexual Nonfiction

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).

Transgender Nonfiction

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.

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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.

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Pioneer Award  

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.

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