Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I've won the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

From the press release:

The Lambda Literary Foundation, the nation's leading national nonprofit organization promoting LGBT literature and writers, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. This year the Mid-Career Prize recognizes Nicola Griffith and Trebor Healey
"Trebor Healey and Nicola Griffith are both writers who are unafraid to take risks in their writing, stretching the strictures of genre to ask bigger questions. They use the lens of their LGBT experience as a prism through which universal themes of love, society, and the meaning of life are refracted, disassembled and reassembled in ways that are at once challenging and rewarding to the reader. Their work deepens and enriches the tapestry of LGBT literature: worthy of a place in the modern canon of English literature while expanding the notions of what LGBT literature can be."
The Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, made possible by James Duggins, PhD, consists of two cash prizes of $5000. To qualify, recipients must have published at least three novels or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, or essays.  The awards will be handed out on June 3, 2013 at the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony in New York City.

"The judges made excellent choices from among a field of strong candidates," said LLF Board President, Dr. Judith Markowitz, "The writing of both Nicola and Trebor pushes readers to leave our assumptions behind so that we might feel, think, and imagine in new ways."
I only heard the news on Monday; it's still sinking in. I am very, very pleased about this and no doubt by the time I pick up the award (and cheque!) at the Lambda Literary Awards ceremony, I'll have recovered my aplomb. Meanwhile, a big Thank You to all those who gave me this vote of confidence and congrats to Trebor.

For now: woo hoo! See you in New York!