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 Book Club next meeting is this Thursday July 14, 6:30-8:30pm, Bureau of General Services Queer Division Bookstore at the LGBT Center, 2nd fl. Rm. 210.
Ariah by BR Sanders won the Speculative Fiction category of the Bisexual Book Awards this year and explores both bisexuality and polyamory. Ariah's magical training has been interrupted. Forced to rely on a mentor, Dirva, who is not who he claims to be, and a teacher who is foreign and powerful, Ariah is drawn into a culture wholly different from the elven one that raised him. As his friendship with Dirva's brother blossoms into a surprising romance, and he slowly learns how to control the dangerous magic in his blood, life finally appears to be coming together for Ariah—but love and security are cut short by a tyrannical military empire bent on expanding its borders. War, betrayal, passion, and confusion follow Ariah as his perilous journey leads him beyond the walls of the Empire, and into unfamiliar territory within himself. Along the way, he’ll discover just how much he’s willing to give up to find his place in the world, and he’ll learn what it means to sacrifice himself for freedom—and for love.
Come and join the discussion, even if you haven't read the book. We take turns reading passages aloud from the book and discuss them-anyone can participate!
The Bi Book Club meets once a month to discuss bi-themed books and the issues they raise. Dinner after nearby.
Next book: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark. Get your copy from BGSQD.
Deciding Books: We will be voting on what books we want to read next, so check our lists of current or past Bisexual Book Award finalists for some ideas.
Venue: Bureau of General Services Queer Division Bookstore at the LGBT Center, 2nd fl. Rm. 210, phone (646) 457-0859.
Getting Books: We urge you to purchase your print copy at BGSQD and support the only LGBT bookstore in New York City. Especially since they are hosting us in their space! If they are out of stock, put in your special order.
Bi Book Club meets 2nd Thursdays 6:30-8pm. Dinner after nearby-we usually go to Village Den on Greenwich Ave behind the Center or Two Boots Pizza on the corner of Greenwich Ave & 7th Ave.
Fees: Donation to help pay rent to BGSQD, a non-profit LGBTQ bookstore
Questions? Email fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com or call 917-583-1797
The Bi Book Club's next meeting is Sun Dec 20, reading Static by L.A. Witt. Get more info on our Bi Book Club page.
Happy Bi Visibility Day! / Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUG 25, 2015
Contact: Sheela Lambert
Director, Bi Writers Association
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.
We are seeking volunteer judges for our Fourth Annual Bisexual Book Awards. We are seeking writers, teachers, librarians and voracious readers. Getting free books is a wonderful perk, discussing the books with other judges is great fun and you get to choose the finalists and award winners. The reading period begins August/Sept, finalists will be chosen in March, so you'll have plenty of time (over 5 months) to read and judge the books. We are in need of judges for the following categories:
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 Romance
8. Bisexual Poetry
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
We're distributing books mostly on PDF to make things simple and cheap, so you need to feel comfortable reading e-books. Read this article to find out how many books were submitted to each category last year and this article for the year before. The amount of books this year could be more or less, I cant guarantee anything, but it will give you a ballpark.
Please email us to apply. Let us know something about your relevant background and qualifications and let us know which are your top four choices of categories to judge.
Director: Bi Writers Association,
Bisexual Book Awards & Bi Book Club
Pamela Achenbach, co-author of Few of the Many Adventures of Oliver Toliver, is working toward a PhD, has an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband and furkids, Rosco, Teddy and Saxon.
Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a poetry chapbook from PWP Press. His poetry and fiction has been published in print and online journals and anthologies. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Caroline Castro is a New Yorker, born and raised. She is currently a Project Manager at the advertising agency DiMassimo Goldstein. Previously she was in the publishing and copyright industry for 5 years. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys indie rock shows in the city and Irish whiskey.
Bill Crosby is a New York-based attorney. He is an avid reader who particularly enjoys LGBT-themed fiction. He is actively involved with the New York bisexual discussion group BiRequest, and serves as a board member for Theatre Askew, a theater company that focuses on LGBT productions.
Wendy Curry is the former President of BiNet USA. An avid reader (and avid Bisexual), judging for the Bisexual Book Awards enables her to combine two of her favorite subjects. When not reading about Bisexuals, she is a Software Engineer and a mom.
Dr. Helen H. Davis is an Associate Professor of English at Wilkes University. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her areas of research include queer and feminist theory, narrative theory, and nineteenth-century British literature.
George Grattan lives in Waltham, MA, where he is the Sr. Assoc. Director of Academic Communications for Bentley University. In addition to serving as a judge for the Bisexual Book Awards, he volunteers with the Bisexual Resource Council and is a board member and volunteer speaker for SpeakOUT Boston.
Val Gryphin's work has been printed in publications as diverse as BUST Magazine and The Writer’s Chronicle. A graduate of the Spalding University MFA program, she is also editor-in-chief of Typehouse Literary Journal. She is currently at work on her second novel.
Janet W. Hardy is the author or co-author of eleven books about kink, polyamory and alternative gender. The founder and editorial director of alt-sex pioneer Greenery Press, she travels the world teaching about life beyond sexual taxonomies. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from St. Mary's College of California.
Ann Herendeen is the author of two novels published by HarperCollins: Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander (2008); and Pride/Prejudice (2010), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction. A professional librarian, Ann works as a cataloger in the library of the American Museum of Natural History.
Camille Holthaus is an avid reader and has dissected stories from a young age. Twenty plus years in theatrical design and discussing role-playing games with their writers provides a solid grounding in critique. Camille writes and presents on bi+ issues and is the current chair of the Bisexual Organizing Project.
Mark A. Korol-Evans is a voracious reader and a life-long learner. His writing has mostly focused on music, performance, and festivals at conferences such as the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, and the John Whitmer Historical Society. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
Laura Lam is an author originally from California but now living in Scotland. She is the author of the gaslight fantasy Micah Grey series (Pantomime, Shadowplay, Masquerade) and the near-future thriller False Hearts. Pantomime won the Bisexual Book Award in the Speculative Fiction category in 2014.
Ellie Moss is a co-editor at the Bisexual Books Tumblr (http://bisexual-books.tumblr.com). She has a Masters of Library Science and used to be the Library Coordinator for the GLBT Student Support Services Library at Indiana University. She currently works at a community college library.
Evan SR Peterson is a poet, bisexual activist, editor at Bisexual Books and former editor of Watershed Magazine. A Bay Area native, he lives in northern California with his four amazing children.
Kerri Price is a recently-minted librarian and works for a large professional association. She’s a voracious reader and writes reviews for Booklist Magazine. When not devouring bisexual fiction, she can be found playing the piano, cycling around the Chicagoland area, or hanging out with her husband and hound dog.
Jean Roberta teaches English and creative writing at a Canadian university. She writes erotica, fantasy, historical fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction. Her “bawdy novella” of the Victorian age, The Flight of the Black Swan, was shortlisted for the previous Bisexual Book Awards.
Blogs: www.ohgetagrip.blogspot.com; www.erotica-readers.blogspot.com
Shannon Salisbury tries to find time and space to teach middle school and pursue her doctorate while parenting teens. Her writing is hybrid academic with a narrative flow. She has recently been published in the Demeter Press This is What a Feminist Slut Looks Like anthology. She lives in Toronto.
Sarah Spilsbury: Reader, Writer, Broadcaster, Limey Public Sector Wage Slave and International Bisexual Activist.
Jan Steckel is a bisexual and disabled rights activist and a retired pediatrician. Her book, The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011), won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her two other books also won awards, and she’s a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Oakland, California.
Sarah Stumpf is the co-founder and editor of Bisexual Books, the internet's only blog focused on the intersection of bisexual identity and literature. She can be found at bisexual-books.tumblr.com.
Thomas Swift is an avid reader, visual artist and teacher in Washington DC. His work focuses on the way meaning is represented in the physical objects we make. He is currently collaborating with his son on a graphic story about boys and their monsters, and works as a Dream Consultant at TechShop DC.
Ramona Tirado is a former reporter, an occasional horror writer, a ranting literature geek, and a recent graduate of the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Milo Todd is a freelance writer and journalist. He holds a double BA in Philosophy and Gender Theory with focuses in feminist phenomenology, queer phenomenology and post-positivist realism. Milo otherwise writes LGBTQ-esque fiction and likes to pretend it’ll make him rich and famous.
A.J. Walkley is an author, activist and blogger based in Connecticut. She has three novels to her name: Choice (2009), Queer Greer (2012) and Vuto (2013). Her books tackle thought-provoking subjects, including teenage pregnancy, bisexuality and Third World women’s rights, respectively. She is working on her fourth novel. ajwalkley.com
Ian Watters lives in Great Britain with about 1,500 non-fiction sexuality books (almost all read!), plus a similar amount of board games and even more DVDs. The 5.5 books he has ghosted were on history and biography.
Adam Zimmer is a Ph.D. student in biocultural anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a researcher in the Violence & Conflict Laboratory, he specializes in historical violence against minority populations by studying human skeletal remains. Adam also runs the bisexual blog and YouTube series, “F**k Yeah Bisexual Guys”.
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