Thursday, March 17, 2011

Publishing Triangle Awards 2010

March 2011 Newsletter

Finalists Announced for Best Lesbian and Gay

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction
Published in 2010

Special Award to Gender Outlaws Anthology
The Publishing Triangle proudly announces the nominees for its annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best lesbian and gay nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. These 22 books represent the best in LGBT literature for 2010. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the New School on April 28, 2011.
Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

  • Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings (HarperCollins)

  • Emma Donoghue, Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (Alfred A.Knopf)

  • Barbara Hammer, Hammer! (Feminist Press)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

  • R. Tripp Evans, Grant Wood (Alfred A. Knopf)

  • Wendy Moffat, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster (Farrar Straus Giroux)

  • Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar Straus Giroux)

The judges for these nonfiction awards have also voted to bestow a Judges' Special Award in Nonfiction to Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (Seal Press). Carol Rosenfeld, chair of the Publishing Triangle said, "The Triangle is recognizing this anthology, which celebrates gender nonconforming people in all their beauty, humanity, and complexity, with a special prize. The contributors to this book confront gender issues with such vibrant, mind-expanding style that readers are urged to question the status quo of seeing gender in binary ways."

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

  • Elizabeth J. Colen, Money for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books)

  • Jen Currin, The Inquisition Yours (Coach House Books)

  • Eleanor Lerman, The Sensual World Re-emerges (Sarabande Books)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

  • Paul Legault, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn)

  • Eric Leigh, Harm's Way (University of Arkansas Press)

  • Michael Walsh, The Dirt Riddles (University of Arkansas Press)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

  • Michael Alenyikov, Ivan and Misha (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press)

  • Katharine Beutner, Alcestis (Soho Press)

  • Catherine Kirkwood, Cut Away (Arktoi Books)

Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction

(presented in conjunction with Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards)

  • Daniel Black, Perfect Peace (St. Martin's Press)

  • Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Big Bang Symphony (University of Wisconsin Press)

  • Daniel Allen Cox, Krakow Melt (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • David McConnell, The Silver Hearted (Alyson)

  • Eileen Myles, Inferno (OR Books)

  • Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You (Counterpoint Press)

  • Novelist Alan Hollinghurst to Receive

    Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award

    Alan Hollinghurst  is the 2011 recipient of the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, named in honor of the legendary editor of the 1970s and 1980s.
    Hollinghurst, a novelist, scholar, and activist, won the Man Booker prize for his fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, in 2004. A professor at University College in London, he is a published poet and has translated Racine's Bazajet. He has also edited several books, including a volume of poems by A. E. Housman and Three Novels by Ronald Firbank. Since his dazzling debut, The Swimming Pool Library, in 1988, Hollinghurst has been regarded as one of the best novelists writing in English in our time. His other books are The Folding Star, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction (1994), and The Spell (1998). His new novel, The Stranger's Child, will be published in October 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf.
    Mr. Hollinghurst will receive his award at the annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best in LBGT fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; the ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the New School in Greenwich Village, New York. The Bill Whitehead Award is given to a man in odd-numbered years and to a woman in even years, and the winner receives $3000.

    Gay and Lesbian Review to Receive This Year's Publishing Triangle Leadership Award

    The Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide has been selected as the winner of this year's Publishing Triangle Leadership Award. Created in 2002, this award recognizes contributions to lesbian and gay literature by those who are not primarily writers: editors, agents, librarians, and (as in this case) institutions. The award will be presented at the Triangle Awards ceremony on April 28, 2011.
    For 17 years The Gay & Lesbian Review has provided a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men. Founded as The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review in 1994, this journal for the literate non-specialist consistently offers the best writing and thinking our culture has to offer. With its thematically organized issues and high production values, the magazine provides its LGBT readers with a lively tour through the world of letters six times a year. The Gay & Lesbian Review is a major force in current gay and lesbian intellectual life.

    The Publishing Triangle Literary Awards Fund

    A very necessary component of our awards program is the specially dedicated fund that provides prizes for the winners of the Randy Shilts and Judy Grahn Nonfiction Awards, the Audre Lorde and Thom Gunn Poetry Awards, and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Poetry winners receive $500; for nonfiction and debut fiction, the prize is $1000. This fund is supported by member dues, proceeds of events like our annual holiday party, and through the generosity of passionate readers and supporters of LGBT literature 

    For information on how you can make a fully tax-deductible contribution and a list of generous friends who helped endow this fund, please click

    Lambda Literary Fund Call for Submissions is currently planning its online editorial content, and is actively seeking feature essays, opinion pieces, author interviews, book reviews, and round-ups.

    Click on the following links for guidelines and deadlines. For more information, or to find out about books in need of review, send email to LLF's editor, Antonio Gonzalez. Or, follow and friend LLF on Twitter and Facebook.

    Member Publications

    The Publishing Triangle celebrates the publications of all our members (individual and corporate) by providing the membership benefit of announcement in our newsletter and on our web site. If you are a member and wish to tell everyone about your new publication, use the template below to submit your publication information.

    Aaron Anson  
    Mind Your Own Life: The Journey Back to Love  
    Balboa (a division of Hayhouse)  
    June 2011 * ISBN 9781452532899 * $16.95
    Life-enhancing memoir. Anson's quest for authentic confirmation would lead him on a mystical journey of love, laughter, turmoil and tears. He struggles with denial, depression and acceptance along with the inner conflicts of his own intolerant religious beliefs that embraced conformism over self-awareness. Engagingly dispenses insightful inspirations.

    To submit information about your new book, e-mail the following information to, putting "Triangle Member Publication" in the subject line:  
    Author NameBook TitlePublisherPublication MonthISBN / Price (optional)Brief Description (maximum 50 words)

    New book announcements are for the initial publication of a book only; not reissues or paperback editions of previously published work. The announcement will not go into the newsletter until the author name is checked against the membership database. Please stick to the template outlined above--we will not edit down press releases, catalog pages, flap copy, etc. For corporate members, we reserve the right to limit announcements.


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    We're happy to post information on your LGBT literary or book-related events-especially readings by our members. To submit information about your event, e-mail the following information to, putting "Triangle Event" in the subject line:
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    The Publishing Triangle reserves the right to review all event calendar submissions and to refuse to post events that we do not deem appropriate for our members. Please stick to the template outlined above--we cannot process flyers, press releases, newsletters, web links, etc. If you are submitting multiple events, please separate out and use the template for each event.



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    Membership is open to anyone interested in the growth of lesbian and gay writers, literature, and publishers. Our members come from all walks of life: book and magazine writers, editors, agents, marketing, sub-rights, publicity and sales people, booksellers, designers, librarians, and general book lovers.

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    The purpose of the Publishing Triangle is to further the publication of books and other materials written by lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes. Founded in 1988, The Publishing Triangle works to create support and a sense of community for lesbian and gay people in the publishing industry. We offer forums, as well as networking and social opportunities, for our members. In addition we sponsor programs to increase awareness of and appreciation for lesbian and gay literature.



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