Téa Mutonji and Kai Cheng Thom among winners of 2020 Publishing Triangle Awards for LGBTQ literature
The Publishing Triangle Awards, worth $1,000, annually honour the best in LGBTQ literature.
Winners were honoured across seven categories, including lesbian nonfiction, gay nonfiction, lesbian poetry, gay poetry, LGBTQ fiction, debut fiction and trans and gender-variant literature.
Mutonji's debut short story collection Shut Up You're Pretty received the Edmund White Award for debut fiction. The stories in the collection explore narratives of young women coming of age in the 21st century, dealing with themes of race, class, sexuality, migration and femininity.
Thom's I Hope We Choose Love, which combines poetry and essays, won the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. The book examines the ways we deal with trauma, abuse, activism, transphobia and racism.
The 32nd annual Triangle Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for April 30, was cancelled in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The winners were announced online.
See the full list of winners below.
- The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ fiction: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
- The Edmund White Award for debut fiction: Shut Up You're Pretty by Téa Mutonji
- The Thom Gunn Award for gay poetry: Company by Sam Ross
- The Audre Lorde Award for lesbian poetry: Odes to Lithium by Shira Erlichman
- The Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature: I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom
- The Judy Grahn Award for lesbian nonfiction: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado and Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman
- The Randy Shilts Award for gay nonfiction: How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones