Every year, Lambda administers a number of cash awards for LGBTQ+ authors in varying stages of their careers. In 2022, we are delighted to offer five of these prizes, including the new J. Michael Samuel Prize for Emerging Writers Over 50. Applications are open through February 15th, 2022.

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The Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, in memory of the celebrated author Randall Kenan, honors Black LGBTQ writers of fiction.

In 2022, one winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000.

The award will go to a Black LGBTQ writer whose fiction explores themes of Black LGBTQ life, culture, and/or history. To be eligible, the winner of the prize must have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking work.

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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 each 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).

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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.

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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.

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The J. Michael Samuel Prize honors emerging LGBTQ writers over the age of 50. The prize will go to an unpublished LGBTQ writer over 50 working in any genre.

The award includes a cash prize of $5,000.

This award is made possible by writer and philanthropist Chuck Forester, who created it out of the firmly held belief that “Writers who start late are just as good as other writers, it just took the buggers more time.”

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