The SinC board is pleased to announce past president Sherry Harris’ legacy project, the creation of the SinC Pride Award for Emerging LGBTQIA+ Crime Writers. The direct link from the national site is: https://www.sistersincrime.org/page/Pride
The Pride Award is an annual grant of $2,000 for an emerging writer in the LGBTQIA+ community.
According to Sherry, “Each past president is required to do a legacy project, something that they feel passionate about. When thinking about what I wanted to do, I kept two things in mind. First, why SinC was formed — to equal the disparity in how female crime fiction writers and male crime fiction writers were reviewed and won awards. Second, I love our Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for emerging crime writers of color. With those two thoughts in mind, I realized I wanted to start a similar award for the LGBTQIA+ community.”
Requirements For Application
Here’s what is required for submission:
- An unpublished work of crime fiction, aimed at readers from children’s chapter books through adults. This may be a short story or first chapter(s) of a manuscript in-progress of 2,500 to 5,000 words.
- A resume or biographical statement.
- A cover letter that gives a sense of the applicant as an emerging writer in the genre and briefly states how the award money would be used. (How the money might be used is not a deciding factor in the judges’ decision.)
An unpublished writer is preferred, however publication of not more than ten pieces of short fiction and/or up to two self-published or traditionally published books will not disqualify an applicant. While no prior writing or publishing experience is required, the applicant should include any relevant studies or experience in their materials.
One year after their win, the award winner may be asked to share thoughts on their win and the impact the award has made. The winner of the award may also be asked to serve as a member of the award selection committee for the year after their win, alongside volunteer judges.
SinC realizes that not all members of the LGBTQIA+ community are able to be out, and we value each individual’s privacy. Winners and any runners-ups who wish to maintain their anonymity, may do so, or they may choose to select a pen name for announcements.