The 34th Annual Publishing Triangle Awards- Penguin Random House Finalists

By Emanuel Berger | March 23 2022 | AdultsBlog

Finalists for the 34th annual Publishing Triangle Awards have been announced and include books published by Penguin Random House imprints and titles from Penguin Random House Publisher Services client publishers.

These prizes, which honor the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans literature published in 2021, are highly anticipated in both the publishing and queer communities.

Our finalists:

Finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Summer Fun, by Jeanne Thornton (Soho Press)

Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

The Prophets, by Robert Jones Jr. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature

Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters (One World)

Finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

Mutiny, by Phillip B. Williams (Penguin Books)

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

Bessie Smith: A Poet’s Biography, by Jackie Kay (Vintage)

Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing, by Lauren Hough (Vintage)


On the evenings of May 9 and May 10, a group of finalists will participate in a virtual reading, hosted by the New York City–based bookshop Bureau of General Services-Queer Division.

Winners will be announced virtually on Wednesday, May 11. To find out more about the Publishing Triangle Awards and the Publishing Triangle, click here.

Detransition, Baby
A Novel
A whipsmart debut about three women--transgender and cisgender--whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex.
$18.00 US
Oct 05, 2021
5-3/16 x 8
368 Pages
One World

From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with "a lucid, unmitigated humanity" (Boston Review), a startling new collection about revolt and renewal
$20.00 US
Sep 07, 2021
6 x 9
112 Pages
Penguin Books

Bessie Smith
A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend
A beautiful genre-bending tribute to the larger-than-life blues singer Bessie Smith. Scotland’s National Poet blends poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction to create an entirely unique biography of the Empress of the Blues. 
$16.95 US
Sep 28, 2021
5-3/16 x 8
224 Pages

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing
Searing and extremely personal essays from the heart of working-class America, shot through with the darkest elements the country can manifest--cults, homelessness, and hunger--while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.
$16.95 US
Apr 13, 2021
5-3/16 x 8
320 Pages