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Lambda Literary Awards

26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

“I work best after the deadline has passed, when I’m in a panic.” – Tony Kushner

For our authors and publishers: Don’t panic yet, but the December 1st deadline for Lammy submissions is less than a month away. If you want your book to be considered for a Lambda Literary Award, please review the Guidelines here and complete the online submission process TODAY.

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The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards are open to works published in 2013, so if your book will be published after December 1 but on or before December 31, it is still eligible for Lammy consideration. You just need to complete the initial submission process before the December 1st deadline and send a request to awards@lambdaliterary.org for an extension so that you will have time to send your books to our office as soon as they are printed.

If you believe your work has already been submitted for Lammy consideration, it’s still a good idea to go to our online submissions list and make sure that your book is listed and that it has been entered in the correct Lammy category. Sometimes a form is correctly filled out, but for some reason never gets sent. Sometimes an author believes the publisher has submitted the book and the publisher believes the publicist has submitted the book and the publicist… well, you know the rest.

For our readers: We’ve received more than 300 submissions from 170 publishers, but the bulk of the submissions will come in right before the deadline (like, one minute before…). You can help us ensure that every eligible book has the opportunity to be considered for a Lammy by checking out the Lammy submissions list and making sure that your 2013 favorites are all accounted for. If they aren’t, please let the authors know right away so they can submit their books before the December 1st deadline. Or write to us at awards@lambdaliterary.org and we will contact the author/publisher.

Send comments or queries to awards@lambdaliterary.org.

Kathleen DeBold, Administrator
Lambda Literary Awards

Story To Script To Screen

BuddhasWifeThe story, as seen at this time. So close and yet so far and so far and yet so close.

Write a book based on the life of the woman (Yasodhara) who was married to the man (Siddhartha) who became known as The Buddha. Rewrite and edit the book a zillion times.

Find a publisher who will publish book, now known as Buddha’s Wife.

Sign contract with Robert D. Reed Publishers for book to be published.

Obtain quotes and advance reviews for novel.

Book published.

Book signings, promotions, connections and marketing for over two years (before and after novel is released).

Meet Navyo Ericsen at book signing. A musician, web designer and film and video producer who wants to bring Buddha’s Wife to the screen.

Work with Navyo for a year trying to find a screenwriter to write screenplay on spec, since we have no funds for film. Several possible, but all fall through.

Decide to write screenplay ourselves and change historical setting into a contemporary story. One of my previous screenplays (Stellina Blue) was made into a film.

Work on screenplay for a year, with wonderful feedback and suggestions from a famous screenwriter/director.

Workable, moving and entertaining screenplay completed.

Write up logline, summary of film and treatment.

Start approaching well-known actresses, executive producers, directors and production companies.

Write and develop estimated budget.

Elapsed time, from book being published to presenting screenplay to others for film (so far) is four years.

Presently, five well-known actresses are reading the script, as are four production companies/executive producers and two directors.

The challenge is to get the film financed without a name actress yet attached and vice-a-versa, to get a well-known actress attached without first having the picture funded.

This is a scene that thousands of novelists, screenwriters and filmmakers find themselves in, so we are not babes in the woods, but it has been an interesting situation with infinite possibilities for Buddha’s Wife to come into being as a movie.

To those in the film industry, this story will be anti-climatic and familiar, but I hope for those just starting out or venturing to put your toe in the water, it provides a little preparation and insight into the amount of patience, persistence and ordered chaos that can await many on the journey to bring their story to screen.

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