Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

Dedicated to the memory of author and journalist Jim Duggins, this prize honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come. Made possible through the generous support of the James Duggins Estate, the award includes a cash prize of $5,000.

Eligibility & Application Instructions

  • Applicants must have published at least three novels, or two novels and a substantial additional literary work (including poems, short stories, and/or essays).
  • Awards shall be made to authors of demonstrated ability and with promise for growth in their writing.
  • Candidates’ contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications shall also be considered.
  • Nominees must submit a sample from an already published book, no more than 20 pages, as well as a sample from (or outline of) ongoing work. (Maximum 10 pages)
  • All materials must be received by the deadline; incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • If you have questions, email [email protected]


This prize was not awarded in 2015-2016 and 2018-2019. In 2020, one prize will be awarded.

  • James Earl Hardy, Shani Mootoo (2017)
  • Michael Thomas Ford, Radclyffe (2014)
  • Trebor Healey, Nicola Griffith (2013)
  • Brian Leung, Stacey D’Erasmo (2012)
  • Alex Sanchez, Susan Stinson (2011)
  • Noel Alumit, Lee Lynch (2010)
  • Michael Lowenthal, Elana Dykewomon (2009)
  • Ronald L. Donaghe, Michelle Tea (2008)
  • Jim Grimsley, Dorothy Allison (2007)

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 co-authored Hooked on Books (Berkley Books), compiled Teaching Reading for Human Values (Charles Merrill), and wrote many articles for academic journals (The English Journal, The Journal of Reading, Wilson Library Journal). Jim’s memoir piece, “A Rock and a Hard Place,” appeared in Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco (Alyson Press, 2007). Jim Duggins was a member of the Original Palm Springs Writers Guild (Palm Springs, CA), The Authors Guild (New York) and the Historical Novel Society.