To encourage and support original research and study of LGBT religious history, LGBTQ-RAN offers an annual LGBTQ Religious History Award. Initiated in 2005, this award honors outstanding scholarship in LGBTQ religious history from among an array of academic papers submitted. The LGBTQ Religious History Award is the only award offered in this academic arena.
The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network invites submissions for its annual LGBTQ Religious History Award. To be eligible, papers must be in English, doubled-spaced, and between 15 and 35 pages in length; must demonstrate original research using generally accepted historical methods; and must focus on a topic relevant to the study of LGBTQ religious history. Up to two submissions per author will be accepted in any given year. Both unpublished and published papers are eligible, provided the latter have been published since January 1, 2018.
Papers are welcome from all scholars in the field, including established and junior scholars, independent scholars (those without academic affiliation), and graduate and undergraduate students. All papers will be evaluated according to the same criteria, but if the number of student submissions is sufficient, the jury may consider awarding a separate Student Award for that year’s competition.
The LGBTQ Religious History Award uses a blind review process. In preparing your manuscript, do not include any information that could reveal your identity or that of your co-authors. The title section and the page headers/footers of your paper should not contain any author names or affiliations. In the body of your submission, please try to eliminate all direct references to your own previous work. Your assistance is important in order to maintain a fair, unbiased reviewing process.
Your submission should include an abstract of your paper.
Complete this electronic submissions form and attach the file with your paper. Submissions must be sent electronically by December 1, 2019. Documents can be submitted in .pdf, .doc, .rtf, or .wpd formats.
The winning paper will receive a $500 prize.
Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown is a United Methodist minister serving Des Moines United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Washington and is adjunct professor at The School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University teaching church history.
Dr. Bernie Schlager is Associate Professor of Cultural & Historical Studies at Pacific School of Religion/Graduate Theological Union and Executive Director of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS).
Dr. Heather Rachelle White is Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion and Queer Studies at the University of Puget Sound and is author of Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights.