Four Cash Prize Opportunities for LGBTQ Writers
Author: Brian Gentes
January 15, 2021
Lambda Literary is excited to announce that applications are now open for the four awards below, each of which includes a cash prize. We will accept applications for all four prizes until midnight on February 15, 2020.
Please read the applications thoroughly and apply today!
Announcing the Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction
The Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, in memory of the celebrated author Randall Kenan, honors Black LGBTQ writers whose fiction explores themes of Black LGBTQ life, culture, and/or history.
The award includes a cash prize of $3,000.
The winner of the prize must have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking work.
This award is made possible by founding sponsor Cedric Brown, Darnell Moore, and Dr. L. Lamar Wilson.
Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize
The Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize honors LGBTQ-identified novelists of demonstrated ability who show promise for growth in their writing.
Two winners will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
The winner must have published at least three novels, or two novels and substantial additional literary work (including poems, stories, or essays).
This award is made possible by the James Duggins, PhD Fund for Outstanding Mid-Career LGBTQ Novelists, a fund of the Horizons Foundation.
Last year’s winner was Larissa Lai.
Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction
Granted in memory of the beloved activist and author, the Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction honors lesbian/queer-identified women and trans/gender non-conforming nonfiction authors who are committed to nonfiction work that captures the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture, and/or history.
The award includes a cash prize of $2,500.
The winner must have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking and challenging work.
Last year’s winner was Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.
Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers
The Judith A. Markowitz Award honors two LGBTQ-identified, emerging writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers.
Each award comes with a cash prize of $1,000.
By emerging writer, we mean those who have published at least one, but no more than two, books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Last year’s winners were Xandria Phillips and Calvin Gimpelevich.
Featured photo: Randall Kenan