September 21, 2014

Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

Applications closed – 2015 guidelines coming soon!

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The Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize is presented annually at the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony. The award, made possible by James Duggins, PhD, consists of two cash prizes of $5,000.

The awards will be presented to two LGBT-identified authors.  Age is not a determining factor. The award recognizes 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 & winners. Recommended winners will be reviewed by the Staff and Board of Trustees of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela at

Previous winners of the Outstanding Novelist Prize:

2014: Michael Thomas Ford, Radclyffe
2013: Trebor Healey, Nicola Griffith

2012: Brian Leung, Stacey D’Erasmo
2011: Alex Sanchez, Susan Stinson
2010: Noel Alumit, Lee Lynch
2009: Michael Lowenthal, Elana Dykewomon
2008: Ronald L. Donaghe, Michelle Tea
2007: Jim Grimsley, Dorothy Allison

About James Duggins, PhD

A U.S. Navy Journalist in the Pacific (Korean War), Jim studied with James Michener and Bill Lederer.  He graduated from San Francisco State, and received his PhD from UC Berkeley. He taught English and Speech at high school and community college, and retired as a professor from San Francisco State.

He is  co-author of Hooked on Books (Berkley Books), compiled Teaching Reading for Human Values (Charles Merrill), and has written many articles for academic journals (The English Journal, The Journal of Reading, Wilson Library Journal,); his memoir “A Rock and a Hard Place” appeared in Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco (Alyson Press, 2007).

He now writes fiction full time and his love of history has produced the historical novels The Power: A Novel of Voodoo, and Slave Stealer, the first of a five-novel series. He divides his time between the desert in southern California and his house in Mexico where he collects Mexican Folk Art and is a regular contributor to museums around the United States.