Lambda Literary nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.

Choose the workshop you would like to attend. You may apply for more than one workshop, however, each application must be submitted separately and requires an additional fee. The application fee is $25. The application fee is processed through an online portal.

The Retreat will be held August 9-16, 2020 on the campus of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. All applicants with be notified of their application status by April 29, 2020. The cost of the Retreat, which includes room and meals, is $1725. Travel expenses are not included. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process and robust scholarships are available. Applications are open until February 2, 2020. Lambda Literary defines "emerging writer" has no more than two published books or four produced theater productions. 

The application fee is processed through an online portal; if you wish to pay by cash or check please contact William Johnson, Lambda Literary Deputy Director, at wjohnson@lambdaliterary.org

All applicants will be notified of their application status by May 15th, 2020.



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, in 2020 one winner will receive a cash prize of $5000.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer;
  • have written and published at least three novels or two novels and substantial additional literary work (including poems, stories, or essays); and
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for growth in their writing.

Additional Information

This award is for a writer, not a book. The application must therefore focus on the qualifications of the writer, not the qualities of a particular book. The prize will be awarded with a goal of gender diversity among recipients.

This award honors mid-career novelists. Lambda Literary defines mid-career novelists as those who have published at least three novels or two novels and substantial additional literary work (including poems, stories, and essays).

Applicants’ contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications shall also be considered.

The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers (formerly the Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award) recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. The award includes a cash prize of $1000.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer;
  • have written and published at least one but no more than two books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry;
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for continued growth; and
  • show meaningful engagement with LGBTQ literary communities.

Additional Information

This award is for a writer, not a book. The application must therefore focus on the qualifications of the writer, not the qualities of a particular book.

This award honors emergent writers. Established authors are not eligible for consideration. Lambda Literary defines emergent writers as those who have published at least one but no more than two books of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

The applicant's contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications will also be considered. For example: reviewing LGBTQ literature, conducting relevant research, participating in LGBTQ literary events, contributing to LGBTQ journals and reviews, membership in online LGBTQ literary forums, etc.

The Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, established in memory of the beloved activist and author, 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 winner of the prize will have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking and challenging work. The award was introduced in 2018 and includes a cash prize of $2,500.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the award, the applicant must:

  • self-identify as lesbian/queer or trans/gender non-conforming;
  • have written and published at least one book of nonfiction that captures the depth and complexity of lesbian/queer life, culture, and/or history;
  • be of demonstrated ability and show promise for continued growth; and
  • show meaningful engagement with LGBTQ literary communities.

Additional Information

The award is for a writer, not a book. The application must therefore focus on prior and ongoing writings, showing the author’s commitment to lesbian/queer nonfiction (including, but not limited to: memoir, biography, history, philosophy, and social justice genres and themes).

The applicant's contributions to the LGBTQ literary field beyond their writings and publications will also be considered. For example: reviewing LGBTQ literature, conducting relevant research, participating in LGBTQ literary events, contributing to LGBTQ journals and reviews, membership in online LGBTQ literary forums, etc.

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