Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize
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.
Download the 2013 Nomination Guidelines (PDF) listed below.
1. The award will be presented to two (2) LGBT-identified authors, and age will not be a factor in defining mid-career.
2. The award will recognize LGBT authors who have written and published at least three novels or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, or essays.
3. The authors will be of demonstrated ability and show promise for continued growth.
4. Candidates’ contributions to the LGBT literary field beyond their writings and publications will also be considered.
- Please keep in mind that the prize is intended for writers who are mid-career. This is not a prize for lifetime achievement.
- Individuals may nominate themselves or other writers.
- All materials must be postmarked by March 8, 2013.
Submitting a Nomination
Please include three (3) complete sets of the following materials:
1. How has the nominee contributed to the field of LGBT literature? (1500 word maximum)
2. List the nominee’s major published works, which must include at least three novels or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, essays.
3. Anything else you want to add supporting this candidate? (500 word maximum)
a) 3 copies of author’s novel(s) that best represents the writer’s work.
b) A maximum of 3 letters of recommendation for the candidate may be e-mailed to Lambda Literary Foundation to support the candidate’s nomination. The letters must come directly from the person making the recommendation. E-mail letters to email@example.com.
Three (3) complete sets of materials must be postmarked by March 8, 2013 and mailed to:
Lambda Literary Foundation
Mid-Career Novelist Prize
5482 Wilshire Blvd, #1595
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you have any questions, please direct them to Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.