Press Release: Call for Submissions- Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPT 16, 2016

 

Contact: Sheela Lambert                                                     

Director, Bi Writers Association                                                                                              

FIFTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS

Submissions Now Open

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association is excited to announce that submissions are now open for our Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. We are thrilled to have reached our fifth year! Our experiment has turned into an annual program with a season spanning from September to June. Any 2016 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or theme, is eligible for submission. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA.) We’re offering 12 book categories and have two special categories. The deadline to submit is December 2nd. We welcome bisexual book suggestions from anyone for our outreach list.

 

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each book category; the two special categories are awarded by the BWA, in consultation with the judges. Winners will be announced at the Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony in New York City, tentative date: Sat June 10th of 2017. The ceremony will be preceded by the BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards plus live music.

 

“Our awards help bi-themed books find an audience,” says BWA founder & director Sheela Lambert. “The Bisexual Book Awards gives authors motivation to write and publishers to publish on the topic of bisexuality because they know the finished product has somewhere to go and it won’t just fall through the cracks. It becomes part of their marketing strategy,” says Lambert. “When the Bi Writers Association started its work in 2006 there were 10 bi-themed books we could find for the year. By contrast, last year our awards received 73 books. So we know that we’re having an impact,” says Lambert.

 

To submit a book, send an email to the BWA at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, by author name, publisher, year of first publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form. Even if you’re not submitting, the Bi Writers Association welcomes book suggestions from anyone.

 

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the BWA website.

         Bi Visibility Day Open Mic!

Date & Time: Fri Sept 23, 7-9pm 

 

Location: Bureau of General Services: Queer Division Rm. 210 in the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13 St. btwn. 7-8 Ave., New York NY 10011

 

Bi Writers & Poets, Musicians & Singers, Artists & Photographers, & Comedians: express yourself & be visible! Everyone else is invited to listen in. Bring friends. Themes are bi visibility and celebrating bisexuality, so be your fierce bi self! Sign up sheet to perform at the door: first come, first serve. Everyone has 5 minutes.

 

RSVP on Bi Meetup. You can also post a note about your performance there if you plan to perform.

 

$5 entry (pays the rent & donates to the Bi Writers Assoc.) No one will be turned away.

 

Equipment: If you need anything besides a mic, contact us as soon as possible and let us know what equipment you need and why.

 

Note: Our definition of bi or bi+ includes bisexual, pansexual, fluid and many other identity words that imply emotional and/or sexual attraction to more than one gender.

Winners of the Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards 

Bisexual Non-Fiction

Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion and the Absence of Intersectionality edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Routledge 

Bisexual Memoir/Biography

Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel by Kate Evans, Coyote Creek Books 

Bisexual Fiction

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch, Harper Books/Harper Collins

Bisexual Romance

Bound with Honor by Megan Mulry, Riptide Publishing

Bisexual Erotic Fiction

Dead Ringer by Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler, Riptide Publishing

Bisexual Speculative Fiction

Ariah by B R Sanders, Love, Sex & Merlot/The Zharmae Publishing Press

Bisexual Teen/YA Fiction

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

Mystery

Peripheral People by Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth, Riptide Publishing

Bisexual Poetry 

No Confession, No Mass by Jennifer Perrine, University of Nebraska Press

Publisher of the Year

Tie:

  • Less Than Three Press
  • Macmillan

                    

Bi Writer of the Year

Kate Evans author of Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel, Coyote Creek Books 

                    Fourth Annual                                  Bisexual Book Awards 

Performers for Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards

A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing

 

Fri June 3, 2016

 

Finalist authors of every genre read from their works.

Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!

Plus live music, bi comic book art & after-party!

 

6:30 Book Signings 7pm Program/Awards 10:30pm Book Signings

                              After-party 11pm-1am

 

Host: Sheela Lambert, Director, Bi Writers Association

Readings:

  • Kate Evans / Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel
  • Emily Bingham / Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham
  • B.R. Sanders / Ariah
  • Francis Gideon / A Winter in Rome
  • Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth / Peripheral People    
  • Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler / Dead Ringer
  • Megan Mulry / Bound with Honor
  • Erica Yang / Bad Idea
  • Redfern Jon Barrett / Giddy Death of the Gays & Strange Demise of Straights
  • Sheela Lambert / Bisexuality in Education edited by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli                          

Comic Book Art Presentation: Elizabeth Beier “Bisexual Trials & Errors”

Live Music: Zen Anton

 

More program details   RSVP on FB & Meetup

 

Tickets $15 in advance or at the door

Contact us about advance tickets

Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St. W. of Washington St., NYC

Questions? fuscialadybug@netzero.com or 917-583-1797 

Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards Announces Finalists

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announces today the finalists for our Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards in nine book categories: Non-fiction, Memoir/Biography, Fiction, Romance, Erotic Fiction, Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror], Teen/Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, and two special categories: Publisher of the Year and Bi Writer of the Year. The awards are for books published in 2015.

 

This year, 73 books were submitted to our Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. “We are thrilled the Bisexual Book Awards continues to thrive," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “Our mission is to encourage writing and publishing of bisexual books by giving them a platform to shine and rewarding them for excellence, says Lambert.”

 

Each of our nine book categories had a team of judges who spent months reading, assessing and discussing the books. The number of finalists in each category varies, based on the number of books in that category. Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Fri June 3rd, following our annual reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, known as Bi Lines, to be held in New York City at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm, followed by an afterparty, location TBA. Join one of our email lists or keep checking the Bi Writers Association website, FB page or Twitter for program details and updates. 

 

To see our list of finalists, click here.

Videos of our Third Annual     Bisexual Book Awards

Videos 1-8 below are segments from our eighth annual multi-arts reading, and videos 9-11 are segments from the Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony. These videos, if watched in order, show our entire annual program celebrating bisexual writing, presented in NYC on Sat. May 30. Video credit: Donovan Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUG 25, 2015

 

Contact: Sheela Lambert                                                     

Director, Bi Writers Association                                          

fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com                                                     

 

BI WRITERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

FOURTH ANNUAL BISEXUAL BOOK AWARDS

Submissions Now Open

 

New York NY: The Bi Writers Association announces that submissions are now open for its Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. Any 2015 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or theme, is eligible for submission. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA.) We’re starting with 10 categories total, eight of which have open submissions.  Other categories may open up if books are submitted to them.  We welcome bisexual book suggestions from anyone for our outreach list.

 

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each category. Finalists will be announced by the first week in April, and winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, tentative date, Sat June 4th of 2015. The Bisexual Book Awards will be preceded by the BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards.

 

“Our awards help bi-themed books find an audience,” says BWA founder & director Sheela Lambert. “The Bisexual Book Awards gives authors motivation to write and publishers to publish on the topic of bisexuality because they know the finished product has somewhere to go and it won’t just fall through the cracks. It becomes part of their marketing strategy,” says Lambert. “When the Bi Writers Association started its work in 2006 there were 10 bi-themed books we could find for the year. By contrast, last year our awards received over 70 books. So we know that we’re having an impact,” says Lambert.

 

To submit a book, send an email to the Bi Writers Association at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, by author name, publisher, year of first publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form. Even if you’re not submitting, BWA welcomes book suggestions from anyone.

 

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the BWA website at biwriters.org.

Early Submissions Now Open for 4th Annual Bisexual Book Awards

We havent sent out our press release yet. But why wait? We're accepting 2015 books now. A full complement of judges are already reading new submissions. See our submission guidelines! You can send in your books or recommend books right now!

And the Winners Are...

Awards formation on Bi Pride Flag at Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards. Photo by Efrain John Gonzalez.

Check out our winners list!

Bisexual Book Awards: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing!                              ~Sat May 30~

Performers for the Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards

Finalist bisexual book authors read from their works.

Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!

Plus live music, bi art & after-party!

 

 6:30 Book Signings 7pm Program & Awards 10pm Book Signings

 

Program

Host: Sheela Lambert, Director, Bi Writers Association

  • Author Readings: Geer Austin & Ann Herendeen / Best Bi Short Stories
  • Courtney Moreno / In Case of Emergency
  • Herukhuti / Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men
  • Nora Olsen / Frenemy of the People
  • Vivek Shraya / She of the Mountains
  • Laura Foley / Joy Street
  • Shari Slade / One Kiss with a Rock Star
  • A.R. Fiano / The Book of Joel                    

Art Presentations: Gymnos Alitheia, Herukhuti & Vivek Shraya

Live Music: Rorie Kelly

 

Get more details on performers!

 

Tickets $15 in advance or at the door

Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune St. W. of Washington St

Questions? fuscialadybug@netzero.com or 917-583-1797 

Finalists Announced for Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards!

This year we have an unprecedented 72 books with 10 book categories in our third annual Bisexual Book Awards. By comparison, last year we had 60 books and six book categories. “We are thrilled the Bisexual Book Awards continues to grow every year," says Sheela Lambert, Director of the Bi Writers Association. “By providing more bisexual categories, we have been attracting more bisexual books than any other awards. It’s always been the goal of BWA to increase awareness of bisexual books, to inspire authors to write more bi-themed books and to encourage more publishers to publish them. Since we launched our Bisexual Book Awards we have had the opportunity to reward authors and publishers for their efforts, says Lambert.”

 

Winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony on Sat May 30, following our annual reading and multi-arts celebration of bisexual writing, to be held in New York City at Westbeth, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm, followed by an afterparty, location TBA. Join one of our email lists, keep checking the Bi Writers Association website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter for program details and updates.

 

See finalist list on Bi Book Awards Finalists page.

Finalist Book Cover Photos                   *click photos to enlarge 

        Submissions Now Open for         Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards

The Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards cycle began on Tues Sept 23 2014, in honor of Bi Visibility Day. Check out the list of books submited to our awards on our Submissions page. Then join our Bi Book Club email list to stay informed about finalists, the Bisexual Book Awards ceremony and the winners. Our Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony is planned for Sat May 30, 2015 in New York City--save the date!

 

Suggest a Book for the Awards

Readers: If you know of a bisexual book published in 2014 or 2015, please send us: book title, author name, publisher & publication date and we will look into it.

Photos from Second Annual Bisexual Book Awards.

Sat May 31, 2014.

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