Lambda Literary, which promotes LGBTQ literature, announced that Chicagoan H. Melt and Victor Yates are the recipients of the 2017 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.
The judges for the prize were 2016 Emerging Writer winner JP Howard and queer scholar and activist Theodore Kerr.
The Emerging Writer Awardwhich consists of two cash prizes of $1,000is made possible by Judith A. Markowitz. To qualify for the award, recipients must have published up to two books or one book and additional literary work such as short stories, essays or journalistic articles.
Melt and Yates will be recognized at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony on Monday, June 12, in New York City.