It is awards season in the literary world. Just like the with Academy Awards and the Golden Globes for film, books have their own set of awards and honors. It can be a very nerve wracking time for hopeful authors and publishers.
Coffeetown Press and I decided to enter One Gay American in more contests than we did Shorn: Toys to Men. Even if a book doesn’t win, it is great for publicity.
One Gay American is entered in:
**LAMBDA Literary Awards in the Gay Memoir/Biography category. A short list of finalist to be announced on March 15.
**The Publishing Triangle in The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction category. Finalists announced in March.
**The Ben Franklin Book Awards in the LGBT category. Finalists announced in April.
**Independent Publisher Book Awards (The Ippy) in the GLBT Non-Fiction category. Finalists announced April 30.
**The Washington State Book Awards sponsored by the Seattle Public Library in the Biography/Memoir category. The awards take place in the fall.
Next week I will enter both One Gay American and Shorn: Toys to Men in The National Indie Excellence Book Awards. OGA in the Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered Non-Fiction category and Shorn in the Sexuality category. Winners announced May 15.