Deaf Gay Writer Wins First Place Award

Congratulations to Deaf Gay writer Raymond Luczak whose novel, Men with Their Hands, recently won the Project: QueerLit 2006 contest.

The Press Release:

The final results of the second Project: QueerLit contest have been released. We are happy to announce that Raymond Luczak of Minneapolis, Minnesota is the winner with his novel Men with Their Hands.

Thank you to our dedicated Committee Members and to Bloom, Blowsquish Creative, Books to Watch Out For, Chroma, Damron Company, Lodestar Quarterly, Nightsweats and T-cells, Other, Outsider Ink, Publishing Triangle, Suspect Thoughts Press, TLA Video, and Velvet Mafia, for
sponsoring the Project: QueerLit 2006 contest.

THE WINNER OF THE PROJECT: QUEERLIT 2006 CONTEST: Men with Their Hands – Raymond Luczak

FINALISTS (alphabetically):
My Hero: A Wild Boy’s Tale – Tristram Burden
Initiate’s Rise – Debra Hyde
Mono No Aware (The Sorrow of Things) – Bianca Jarvis
The Fluidity of Angels – Jeff Leavell
Loop – Scott Waller

The Project: QueerLit contest celebrates and brings media attention to unpublished authors of queer writing and opens doors for publication of their work. The contest is open to any unpublished author of an English-language novel with queer and/or bent content.

Authors may not be previously published or contracted to be published for a novel in any form. Previously published chapbooks, nonfiction, shorter fiction and collections of short fiction, and other work published in multi-author collections, magazines, etc. does not disqualify them. A novel with queer or bent content refers to a novel of any genre or blending of genres with LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer), or with alternative themes, situations, voice, or characters. The author (and the novel) does not have to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersexed to be considered. Queer in this context can also mean a bent or outsider worldview.

All submissions (the first 20 pages of the manuscript) are “blindly” reviewed (without knowledge of author’s name or synopsis) and rated (on originality, storyline, voice, and, characterization) by members of the Project: QueerLit Advisory and Review Committee, and another applicant. From this judging, the top-rated group of twenty-five Semi-Finalists and six Finalists are selected and awarded. The six top-rated Project: QueerLit Contest Finalists then have their full manuscript blindly reviewed (again on originality, storyline, voice, and, characterization) by the Project: QueerLit Advisory and Review Committee to choose the Contest Winner(s).

More information on the Project: QueerLit contest, the Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists for both the 2004 and 2006 contests, and details about Project: QueerLit 2008 is available through the website at

5 thoughts on “Deaf Gay Writer Wins First Place Award”

  1. My congratulations to Raymond Luczak.

    In regards to Noel’s question — actually, there ARE many other Deaf GLBT writers out there but they don’t appear to publish as frequently. Rob Roth had a piece published in the book Queer Crips. Ellen Roth (not related to Rob) published a piece in Oprah Magazine recently and I know Drago has had stuff published all over the place. Not to mention the tons of Deaf GLBT bloggers out there like Ridor aka ‘Deaf Gay Militant’ who are writing all the time on misc. issues. Those come immediately to mind and I know there are many more.

    Raymond Luczak is the most published. He’s a serious writer dedicated to the craft. But to say that he’s the only one would be a gross misstatement. There are many others who are just not as widely published but are also writing about their Deaf GLBT lives and experiences. Hopefully, we will see more of them published in the near future.

  2. I wouldn’t call the trash that Ridor sprouts out as writing. But otherwise, I agree with Philip. Lots of other quality writers out there. Raymond isn’t the only one. From his comments above, he appears to think he is, which is a off putting.

  3. chris, dont be so bitter about my blog. It is very successful blogsite which you cannot do on your own. More than 12,000 hits were recorded *everyday* on — which can say a lot by itself.

    Even Raymond Luczak cannot muster such energies that I got things together from day one. I read Raymond’s books — it is good to put animals to death, really.

    Not only that, please try to remember that Raymond wants to collect the stories and gather the profits for *himself*. He even asked me via email whether if I can contribute the essay and I asked if there is any compensation coming out of this, he declined to share the information.

    Let’s face the music, it is dog eat dog world.


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