Submission Guidelines: Fifth Annual Bisexual Book Awards

We are very excited to have reached our fifth year! 

 

Who can submit books?
Books can be submitted by the author, publisher or the Bi Writers Association (BWA). However, anyone may suggest a book for us to outreach. 

 

What books can be submitted?

  • Any book with a bisexual or bi+ character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual themes.
  • The book award categories are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Books should be first published in print in 2016.
  • Books should be published in English.
  • Books must be published in print--not only e-book format.

 

When can books be submitted?
The submission deadline is Dec 2nd. But you can submit now--our judges start reading books right away and books will be posted to our website when entered. Contact us to submit. (We will provide an extension for books going into print in December, if you submit all other materials by the deadline.)

 

Judging
A panel of judges will decide each category. Books are judged on three main criteria: 

  • Quality of overall writing
  • Quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material
  • Quantity of bisexual material

 

Finalists
Finalists will be chosen in each category by the judges. There will be approx 2-6 finalists per category--the number of finalists in a category can vary depending on the number of books submitted to that category and the number of books that the judges find deserving. The number of finalists in a category cannot exceed 50% of the titles submitted. Finalists will be announced by April. 

 

Winners
Winners are chosen by judges and will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony tentative date, Sat June 10th of 2017.

 

How to submit?
1. Contact the Bi Writers Association with book listing in this format: 

book title, author name, imprint/publisher, first year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form.

Example: She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya, Arsenal Pulp Press 2014. Fiction.

Send to: fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com

2. Fill out and return submission form via email, attaching one e-book copy of the book for the judges.

3. Pay the $25 per book submission fee (instructions on submission form.)

4. Send one copy of the physical book to the Bi Writers Association (address provided on the submission form.)

 

Questions? Email us if you have any questions about submitting your book.

 

What are the fees? There is a low $25 fee to submit a book, to defray the costs of producing the awards. There is only one fee per book, even if it is submitted to multiple categories.

 

What are the categories?
Categories (below) will be used, created or unused, depending on the number of books in each category. There must be at least three books in a category for that category to be used. If your primary category isnt available, it will be put into the next most appropriate category. Books can be submitted to multiple categories. However, Romance will no longer be a catch-all category because it was overused. If Romance is not your primary category, your book will not be entered into Romance. 

Put 2 XXs next to the primary category that applies to your book.
Put 1 X next to all other categories that apply to your book, including whether it is Fiction or Non-Fiction.

Full instructions are on the submission form. 

Contact us if you're not sure what categories to submit to.

 

Categories for Submission

1.    Bisexual Fiction 
2.    Bisexual Non-Fiction
3.    Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror] 
4.    Bisexual YA Fiction
5.    Bisexual Memoir/Biography
6.    Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica

7.    Bisexual Romance 
8.    Bisexual Poetry

9.    Bisexual Mystery 

10.  Bisexual Anthology

11.  Bisexual Graphic Novel/Memoir

12.  Bisexual Playscript 

 

Additional Categories
Nominations for these categories are handled a bit differently, see below:

Bi Book Publisher of the Year 
Awarded by the BWA to the press who publishes & submits the most bisexual books in the awards year. Total numbers of books submitted, quality of books and publisher policies are all considered in deciding this award. 

Bi Writer of the Year 
Awarded to an openly bi/bi+/bisexual/pansexual/fluid author of a bisexual book or openly bi/bi+/bisexual/pansexual/fluid editor of a bisexual anthology. *Only the BWA and judges nominate authors to this category, after reading the books. Winner is chosen by BWA with input of judges from all categories.

Performers for Multi-Arts Program          Celebrating Bisexual Writing        Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards                     ~Sat May 30~

 

Dr. Herukhuti

An emerging voice in bisexuality studies, Dr. Herukhuti is helping people understand the complexities and power relations embedded in sexuality, race, gender, class and culture through his writing, lectures, performances and workshops. He is Chief Erotics Officer (CEO) of Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality and editor-in-chief of sacredsexualities.org.

Dr. Herukhuti plans to read the powerful "Preface" to "Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men" co-edited with long-time bi activist Robyn Ochs.

 

Courtney Moreno

Courtney Moreno’s award-winning writing has been published in LA Weekly and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received a B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of San Francisco. During the ten years in between, she worked as an entomologist’s assistant, lab technician, clinical research coordinator, stagehand, set carpenter, modern and aerial dancer, EMT, and field training officer. She lives in San Francisco.

Moreno will be reading from her novel "In Case Of Emergency" about life as a female EMT and falling in love with another woman who is a vet with PTSD.

 

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is a multimedia artist, writer, and performer. His YA collection God Loves Hair was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award; a new edition was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2014. His first novel She of the Mountains was also published in 2014. He lives in Toronto.

Shraya will read from "She of the Mountains," his combination re-imagined Hindu mythology/contemporary love story. Illustrations from the book will be projected on-screen.

 

Nora Olsen

Nora Olsen is the author of the YA novels "Frenemy of the People," "Swans & Klons," and "The End: Five Queer Kids Save the World." Her next book, "Maxine Wore Black," is forthcoming from Bold Strokes Books/Soliloquy in October 2014. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her girlfriend and two cats.

Olsen will read from her recent YA novel, "Frenemy of the People" combining a girl-girl love story of opposites attracting with a revenge scheme against the bank that foreclosed on one girl's family home.

 

Geer Austin

Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a poetry chapbook from Poets Wear Prada Press. His poetry and fiction has appeared in online and print journals and anthologies. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Austin will read his story about a teenage bromance in the 60's, "Naked in the World," his contribution to "Best Bi Short Stories."

 

Laura Foley

Laura Foley is the author of four poetry collections. Joy Street was released in July, 2014. The Glass Tree won ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award (Silver) and was Finalist for New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Outstanding Book of Poetry. She lives with her partner on a woody hill in Vermont.

Foley will be reading her poetry from Joy Street of a widow who finds new love with a woman.

 

A.R. Fiano

AR Fiano, author of the Gabriel's World series, is a New York City-based author, teacher and LGBT youth advocate. She has past careers in nonprofit advocacy, civil rights law, and teaching philosophy, law, and Eastern religion in various colleges.

Fiano will read from her mystery novel, "The Book of Joel," the third in the Gabriel's World Series.

 

Ann Herendeen

Ann Herendeen is the author of: novels Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, and Pride/Prejudice, a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Bisexual Fiction, both published by HarperCollins; short story, A Charming Ménage (Gay City Anthology 4, At Second Glance); e-book fantasy series, "Lady Amalie's memoirs," which chronicles m/m/f family life.

Herendeen will read the vampire story "Angels Dance" by James Williams as a tribute to the Best Bi Short Stories contributor, who died in Oct of 2014.

 

Gymnos Alitheia

Gymnos Alitheia is not the name assigned to him at birth. Still, he presents as a cis, bi, nudist; visual artist and model; underground poet, community organizer and expressive being; an entity based in NYC. This nom de plume translates from Greek as "Naked Truth." And so it is from the dual impulses to express from a vulnerable core and to uncover what is unseen, that drives Gymnos' ongoing art project.

Alitheia will present a collection of photos from his "Full Disclosure" series.

 

Rorie Kelly

Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. Her aggressive acoustic guitar style complements raw, powerhouse vocals to pack a serious punch. First-time listeners often comment, "I can't believe that voice came out of that body." The singer/songwriter has been compared to Alanis Morissette and Janis Joplin for her catchy, melodic songwriting style and raw vocal power. Music, videos, and tour dates are available on her website.

Kelly will play songs from her forthcoming album, "Rising Rising Rising" currently in a crowdfunding campaign on RocketHub.

 

Shari Slade

Shari Slade writes steamy new adult and contemporary erotic romance.

Slade will read from her Erotic Romance rock & roll novel co-written with Amber Lin, "One Kiss with a Rock Star."

 

Sheela Lambert

Sheela Lambert is director of the Bi Writers Association, the Bisexual Book Awards and the Bi Book Club in NYC. She has published in LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia, Huffington Post, Advocate.com, Curve Magazine, Gay & Lesbian Review, Lambda Literary Review, Journal of Bisexuality, AfterEllen, and is a veteran bi & LGBT activist, educator and event organizer who resides in New York City. Best Bi Short Stories, her anthology of bisexual short fiction in multiple genres, is a triple finalist for the Lammys, the Bisexual Book Awards & the Rainbow Awards.

Lambert will host the Bisexual Book Awards and its multi-arts program preceding the awards ceremony.

 

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

Performers for Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards Program

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 

Bisexual Book Awards Finalists Have Been Announced!

To see full list of finalists click here. 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 Community Room, in the West Village at 55 Bethune St., corner Washington 6:30-10pm, followed by an afterparty, location TBA. For program details and updates (coming soon!) join one of our email lists, keep checking our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards

Press Release-Submissions Open.docx
Microsoft Word document [135.9 KB]

The third annual Bisexual Book Awards cycle for 2014 books began Tues Sept 23, to honor Bi Visibility Day. Click link above to download our press release. See our Submissions page for list of 2014 books being evaluated by our team of judges.

 

Join our "Bi Book Club" email list so we can keep you updated about finalists, details about the Bisexual Book Awards ceremony and awards winners. You can also follow us on Twitter @BiBookAwards and on FaceBook on the Bi Writers Association page.

 

Finalists will be announced by the end of March.

 

Award winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony in New York City, tentative date: Sat May 30.

 

Bisexual Book Awards

Submission Guidelines

 

Who can submit books?
Books can be submitted by the author, publisher or the Bi Writers Association (BWA). However, anyone may suggest a book for nomination. 

 

What books can be submitted?

Any book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual themes.

The book award categories are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Books should be first published in 2014.

Books should be published in English.

Books must be published in print--not only e-book format.

 

When can books be submitted?
Submissions are open now and will close on Jan 3rd. We strongly encourage you to submit your book right away as our judges are already reading books.

 

Judging
A panel of judges will decide each category. Books are judged on three main criteria: 
1. Quality of overall writing
2. Quality of writing about bisexual characters, bisexual themes or bisexual material
3. Quantity of bisexual material

 

Finalists
Finalists will be chosen in each category by the judges. There will be approx 2-10 finalists per category--the number of finalists in a category can vary depending on the number of books nominated to that category and the number of books that the judges find deserving. The number of finalists in a category cannot exceed 50% of the titles submitted. Finalists will be announced in early April.

 

Winners
Winners are chosen by judges and will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards in 2015. Tentative date is Sat May 30, 2015.

 

How to submit?
1. Contact the Bi Writers Association with book listing in this format: 

book title, author name, imprint/publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a submission form.

Example: My Education by Susan Choi, Viking/Penguin, 2014, Fiction

Send to: fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com

2. Fill out and return submission form via email, attaching one e-book copy of the book for the judges.

3. Pay the $10 per book submission fee (instructions on submission form.)

4. Send one copy of the physical book to the Bi Writers Association (address provided on the submission form.)

 

Questions? Email us at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com if you have any questions about submitting your book.

 

What are the fees? There is a low $10 fee to submit a book, to defray the costs of producing the awards. There is only one fee per book, even if it is submitted to multiple categories.

 

What are the categories?
The main two categories are Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Non-Fiction. Additional categories (below) will be used, created or unused, depending on the number of books in each category. There must be at least three books in a category for that category to be used. New categories may be created as needed. Books should first be submitted to Bisexual Fiction or Bisexual Non-Fiction, then to any other categories below that seem appropriate. (BWA reserves the right to remove a book from a category if it doesn’t fit.) 

 

Categories for Submission

1.    Bisexual Fiction 
2.    Bisexual Non-Fiction
3.    Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror] 
4.    Bisexual YA Fiction
5.    Bisexual Biography/Memoir
6.    Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
7.    Bisexual Poetry 

8.    Bisexual Anthology

9.    Bisexual Graphic Novel 
10.  Bisexual Romance 

 

Additional Categories
Nominations for these categories are handled a bit differently, see below:

Bi Book Publisher of the Year 
Awarded by the BWA to the press who publishes & submits the most bisexual books in 2014. Total numbers of books submitted, quality of books and publisher policies are considered in deciding this award. 

Bi Writer of the Year 
Awarded to an openly bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid author of a bisexual book or openly bi/bisexual/pansexual/fluid editor of a bisexual anthology. *Only the BWA and judges nominate authors to this category, after reading the books. Winner is chosen by BWA with input of judges from all categories.

 

 

Cecilia Tan owner Circlet Press & Lori Perkins owner Riverdale Avenue Books tied for Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year. May 31, 2014.
Close up of a few Bisexual Book Awards statuettes on display on the awards table. Westbeth Community Room, Sat 5/31/14.

Want to network with other bi writers or stay informed about new bi books, programs and events? 

Join our email lists.

News

Check out winners & finalists of the Bisexual Book Awards!

Get Social

Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for our news, to learn about our upcoming projects & events and to help us spread the word.

Print Print | Sitemap
© The Bi Writers Association